Liverpool’s Christmas Market is celebrating a festive rollover – by running into the New Year for the very first time!
Shoppers and seasonal revellers are being given an early Christmas gift with a fortnight extension to the attraction, which will see it operate as a Winter Market from Tuesday, 27th December until Sunday, 8th January 2017.
Now in its 11th year the market has relocated to a spectacular new home outside the iconic St George’s Hall and is reaping the benefits of the hall’s blockbuster show – DreamWorks Lights, which has already sold more than 30,000 tickets.
The Christmas Market, which will now run for an extra two days until 24 December, features traditional festive fare including confectionary, decorations, hampers, wooden toys, roasted chestnuts and hot mulled wine. There is also a hog roast and a bar.
Facing Lime Street station, the Winter edition will feature roughly half the number of stalls of its Christmas counterpart selling food, jewellery, clothes, arts and crafts.
This market will also run on the same times, from 11am-9pm, Monday to Saturday, and 11am-5pm on Sundays.
It is the first year the city’s Christmas Market, which is a key feature in Liverpool’s One Magical City marketing campaign, has been fully operated by Liverpool City Council, after it recently brought back the city’s market company for £1.
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Markets, said: “Having both the city’s Christmas Market and DreamWorks Lights at the same site has paid real dividends in terms of raising the profile and footfall to the St George’s Quarter.
“To be able to extend the run of the market into the New Year is a huge boost for our festive programme and will ensure the magic of Christmas will continue to flow in Liverpool.”
Last Christmas, St George’s Hall, which sits at heart of the city’s St George’s Quarter, played host to the Weeping Window poppy installation. The event was part of the UK’s WWI 1914-18 centenary commemorations and attracted 360,000 people.