Liverpool’s Christmas market is set to open in a brand new location this Friday (18 November) – and will be overseen by a very special guest!
Now in its 11th year the festive attraction will open at 11am at its spectacular new home outside the iconic St George’s Hall.
And to mark the opening a giant Shrek – atop of the Grade I listed Hall – will be unveiled at 5pm (*weather permitting) which will kick start a three hour special programme of illuminated street theatre.
The market’s new location has been chosen so the festive market can complement the UK premiere of the DreamWorks Lights show – a lantern extravaganza featuring characters from the blockbuster films of Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar, which the Grade I listed hall will be hosting from Thursday, 26 November to Sunday, 15 January 2017.
Liverpool’s Christmas Market also opens on the same day as the worldwide release of the new Harry Potter blockbuster, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, in which the hall and plateau both have a starring role.
The new look market, which is a key feature in Liverpool’s One Magical City marketing campaign, will run until Thursday, 22 December operating from 11am-9pm and 11am-5pm on Sundays.
Facing Lime Street station, the festive attraction will act as the shop window to the city’s Christmas offer and will feature more than 40 stalls selling food, jewellery, clothes, arts and crafts from across four continents.
The market, which will be animated throughout its run with specially designed creative interventions, will also feature traditional festive fare including Christmas confectionary, decorations, hampers, wooden toys, roasted chestnuts and hot mulled wine. There will also be a hog roast and a bar.
It is the first year the city’s Christmas Market has been fully operated by Liverpool City Council, after it recently brought back the city’s market company for £1.
Councillor Wendy Simon, Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for Culture, said: “Every year we try to raise the bar for Liverpool’s Christmas and I think this will be the best yet.
”Having both the city’s Christmas Market and DreamWorks Lights at the same site really puts the focus on St George’s Quarter and all the amazing museums and theatres we have here.
”With the Ice Festival also enjoying a new home on the waterfront families visiting Liverpool this Christmas will be guaranteed a truly memorable festive experience.”
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.