Liverpool’s ‘Lord Bear’ to host festive Open Day

Liverpool’s Town Hall will come to life this Christmas with a variety of festive characters including the Lord Mayor’s Polar Bear.

On Thursday 12 December the historic civic building will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland for children of all ages to enjoy and there will also be a chance to win afternoon tea with the Lord Mayor himself!

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Gary Millar said: “The Town Hall open days are always a great success and I am delighted to be hosting one at the most wonderful time of the year.

“There will be lots to do and see with something for all ages from carol singing to ballroom dancing and not forgetting a visit by the man himself, Father Christmas.

“This is a great way for the whole family to get into the festive spirit in one of Liverpool’s most magnificent buildings.

“It’s a day and an evening not to be missed and I hope to see as many people as possible pay us a visit and help spread some Christmas cheer.”

Doors open at 10am to 10pm, entrance is free and there will be plenty to see and do throughout the day. From 4pm – 10 pm, Santa Claus will be at the Town Hall

to welcome young and old and will be joined at 6pm by a snowman, fairy godmother and an ice maiden.

Also, from 6pm there will be music to suit all tastes from carol singing on the stairs to chamber music in the East Reception room.

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And if that isn’t enough to keep you entertained, the Main Ballroom will come alive with a stunning display of Victorian ballroom dancing.

If all of this leaves you feeling a little tired, then you can rest your legs and enjoy homemade refreshments at a small café in the Main Ballroom from 5pm-9pm.

During the day there will also be art and photography exhibitions from local artist Jim Connolly, book sales and signings by local author Mike Kelly and a number of creative exhibitions.


There will also be an exhibition by award winning photographers Dawber Photography who will be showcasing their ‘Fairy Experience’ pictures. The Lord Mayor’s polar bear will be especially dressed by Lorraine McKinley from Lormac Productions

Two guided tours have also been scheduled (11am and 4pm) which Liverpool City Historian Steve Binns MBE will conduct for a small fee of £3.00 per person. Places are limited so please call the bookings team on 0151 233 3020 to reserve a place.

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