Liverpool’s annual Christmas market will open today (18 November) at its new home outside of the historic St George’s Hall.
The market launch at 11am will complement the UK debut of the DreamWorks Lights show, which will be teased with the unveiling of a giant inflatable Shrek atop of the Grade I-listed building at 5pm.
Shrek’s appearance will kickstart a three-hour programme of illuminated street theatre to celebrate the opening of the market, which forms a key part of Liverpool’s One Magical City campaign.
The market will feature more than 40 stalls selling food, jewellery, clothes, arts and crafts from across four continents, as well as Christmas confectionery, decorations, hampers, wooden toys, roasted chestnuts and hot mulled wine.
There will also be a bar and hog roast on site each day until the market leaves town on 22 December.
Councillor Wendy Simon, Deputy Mayor and cabinet member for culture, says: “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.”
The Christmas market will be open between 11am and 9pm Monday to Saturday and 11am until 5pm on Sundays.
Meanwhile, the DreamWorks Lights event, a lantern showcase featuring characters from ‘Shrek’, ‘Kung Fu Panda’ and ‘Madagascar’, runs between 26 November and 15 January next year at St George’s Hall.