Father Christmas will be among the guests officially opening this year’s Christmas market in Liverpool on Friday (17 November).
He’ll join Lord Mayor Councillor Malcolm Kennedy and carol performers Danielle Louise Thomas and the Choir With No Name to celebrate the return of the attraction with some new features for 2017.
The market is being set up on St George’s Hall’s plateau for the second year running, and will this time include the brand new Windmill Bar serving traditional beers, mulled wine and other festive drinks.
Christmas shoppers will also be able to explore more than 40 traditional-style cabins dressed in garlands and selling products such as handmade jewellery, decorations, slippers, scarves and edible gifts.
At 5pm on Friday, Father Christmas will ring some jingle bells to signify the opening of the market, which will be up and running until 22 December.
Ahead of the official opening, Cllr Kennedy says: “Every year we try to raise the bar with whatever we do, and this year there are more stalls on offer, giving shoppers a wider selection of festive goodies to purchase.
“Thousands enjoyed the market last year, and I’m sure even more people will head to the plateau this year to get into the Christmas spirit.
“I’m looking forward to declaring the attraction officially open, and listening to the performances, particularly by the Choir With No Name, which is one of the charities I’m fundraising for during my time as Lord Mayor.”
The market is part of a series of festive events being held at the landmark St George’s Hall, which will also include a Christmas Jumper Ceilidh, Snow Ball, Christmas Classics in the Concert Room and Story Time with Santa sessions.