Liverpool ONE Plans The Biggest And Most Magical Christmas Yet!

THE LIverpool shopping centre will be unveiling what is believed to be the tallest Christmas tree in the UK as part of a spectacular Christmas Party extravaganza on Friday 13 November. The tree, which will stand 30-metres tall, will start to take shape on Paradise Street, near John Lewis from next week when the big build begins. LiverpoolOne Book Giant Tree (2)A team of six expert tree builders will work flat out for two weeks to ensure the tree is ready in time. The 23-tonne structure includes a 12-sided steel cone, 280 heart lights, 314 light rods and more than 2,000 metres of cabling to supply the power to illuminate the giant structure. Liverpool ONE is promising visitors the biggest Christmas party the city has ever seen to celebrate the tree’s switch on – and everyone is invited. From 4pm, expect live music, street entertainment and Pantomime performances, plus an unforgettable lightshow created in partnership with Liverpool Empire Theatre’s Creative Learning Team – you definitely won’t want to miss it! The light show – inspired by Liverpool’s One Magical City campaign – promises to take the audience on an enchanted adventure as shoppers, families and day-trippers of all ages eagerly await the arrival of Christmas. Because no festive celebration is complete without the traditional Christmas cracker, Liverpool ONE will be giving away thousands on the night, with a surprise inside every one. And the fun doesn’t end at the Christmas party….whether you’re looking for the perfect family festive day out, the Christmas party outfit to turn heads, or even if you just want to sit back and relax with a cocktail – there really is something for everyone at Liverpool ONE. The Ice Festival will return, including an ice rink, the UK’s largest real ice slide – this year featuring an extra lane, fairground rides for the little ones and a real Ice Bar. If the chill factor doesn’t appeal, head for the cosy Après Lodge and enjoy a mulled wine or hot chocolate. For the shopaholics, there are more than 600 brands to choose from. In addition to all of your high street favourites, why not venture over to Peter’s Lane where all of the high-end exclusive brands can be found, including Michael Kors, Hobbs, Ted Baker London and Reiss, in addition to the only Beauty Bazaar Harvey Nichols in the country. With personal shoppers at hand to cater for your every need, Liverpool ONE really is the destination of choice this Christmas. Donna Howitt, Marketing Director at Liverpool ONE, said: “We are all very excited to be preparing for what promises to be our most magical Christmas to date at Liverpool ONE. “We’re pulling out all the stops to ensure our party conjures up all those heart-warming, magical Christmas memories for our customers to enjoy. There’ll be a mixture of old favourites and lots of new surprises too; it will certainly be an event not to miss. Starting with our launch party and continuing right through the festive period, we want to ensure everyone who visits Liverpool ONE this Christmas has the best experience ever.” Liverpool Empire Theatre Creative Learning Manager Natalie Flynn, said: “The partnership with Liverpool ONE for this event has provided an incredible opportunity to bring the red carpet experience and spine-tingling performances out of the traditional theatre space and to the people of Liverpool.” Liverpool ONE is within easy access of Chester, Warrington, St Helens, Wigan, Southport and Wirral, with on-site parking and excellent bus and rail links.  So whether you live or work in the city, or just a stone’s throw away, everyone is encouraged to join the party atmosphere and soak up the magical Christmas spirit that Liverpool ONE is creating. Simon Dews, Managing Director of Trapeze Creative which is building the tree, added: “This is definitely our most ambitious project to date. “It is a massive challenge, a very exciting challenge and we are really looking forward to seeing the finished tree. “It will certainly have the wow factor!” Liverpool ONE’s magical Christmas is part of a citywide campaign this year to create ‘One Magical City’, co-ordinated by Marketing Liverpool. For a full programme of all of the enchanting events across the city visit www.onemagicalcity.com