Santa Claus The Movie

Christmas cinematic classics for city shoppers

The magic of Christmas on the silver screen is coming to Liverpool city centre.

For the next four Thursdays the BBC Big Screen in Clayton Square is to show festive classics for free, thanks to City Central BID.

City Central, which represents 630 businesses in the retail heart of the city centre, has commissioned the films as part of a programme to entertain people as they go about their late night Christmas shopping.

The first cinematic instalment is ‘Santa Claus, The Movie’ starring Dudley Moore as the chief elf to santa. It will be screened at 12.30pm and again at 4pm.

The films are part of a free package of festive entertainment to run across four ‘Super Thursdays’ to get shoppers in the Christmas spirit.

The famous Cairngorm Reindeers will be taking up residence in Queen Square from 4pm to 7pm tomorrow. People can come and take photographs or leave a gift as part of the Mission Christmas campaign, supported by City Central BID. The reindeers will be back for the following three Thursdays.

The much loved Titan The Robot will be making a spectacular return after a two year gap, performing two half hour shows around Clayton Square at 5.30pm and 6.30pm. Titan will also be performing for the next four Thursdays.

Tomorrow also sees the beginning of the 2nd week of programmed live music acts at the Liverpool Bandstand in Williamson Square which run from 12.30pm until 7pm on Thursdays and until 5pm Friday to Sunday. The Bandstand’s final show will be on Saturday, December 22.

And Metquarter is also hosting special Christmas events every Thursday until December 20.

Ed Oliver, Chairman of City Central BID, said: ”Our businesses want to give everyone a memorable time when they are in Liverpool city centre be it in their shops or on the streets. This year thanks to their suggestions we’ve put together a great mixture of friends old and new to provide some fabulously free Christmas entertainment.

”With film classics, live music, Titan, the reindeers and the Christmas market the city centre is going to be buzzing. If you love Christmas, you’ll love Liverpool.”