One Magical Winter City!

THIS year is set to showcase Liverpool’s most exciting Christmas yet, with the UK’s biggest tree, a giant snowflake and an illuminated Snow Queen among its seasonal offerings. Dubbed One Magical City under Marketing Liverpool’s festive campaign, one of the main attractions is an 8-metre high snowflake which is placed in Williamson Square and symbolises the return of the popular Snowflake Trail devised by The Liverpool BID Company. The trail sees snowflakes in key locations around the city with a total of 100,000 trail maps distributed and made downloadable inviting everyone to discover the snowflakes and solve the trail’s puzzle.
Jack Frost inspires Liverpool's Snowflake Trail
Jack Frost inspires Liverpool’s Snowflake Trail
Bill Addy, Chief Executive of Liverpool BID Company, said: ‘’The Snowflake Trail has been created to give visitors a unique Christmas experience in Liverpool city centre. ‘’It’s going to take people on a magical journey discovering wonderful works of art in beautiful locations. We’ve been thrilled watching the artists have transform the snowflake sculptures. ‘’We can’t wait for the public to follow the trail, find them and solve their clues. There’s a few other surprises in store and the prizes, which have been donated by businesses in the city centre, are really special.’’ Tracey Crosbie, Events Manager of Liverpool BID Company, said: ‘’The Snowflake Trail can be enjoyed on so many levels, be it at home reading the Alfie’s Jack Frost story to your children or discovering the clues with fabulous prizes to be won. We’ve even got some digital surprises for people to play with. Above all, it’s free and you don’t have to do it all in one day. You can keep coming back to Liverpool city centre and have a most magical Christmas experience – again and again and again!’’
Albert Dock Liverpool festive lights
Albert Dock Liverpool festive lights
The Albert Dock will be treating visitors to a traditional festive spectacle including a magical parade courtesy of Liverpool Lantern Company, real reindeer, larger-than-life Christmas characters, roast chestnuts, yuletide choirs, and many, many more surprises to unwrap. During the four weekends leading up to Christmas, the dock will boast outdoor live music, street theatre and dance performances for the whole family to enjoy. Tate Liverpool presents its spectacular new exhibition – Matisse In Focus – showcasing one of the most iconic works ever made by artist, Henri Matisse – The Snail. On display for the first time in the gallery’s history, Tate Liverpool is the first and only UK venue outside London to exhibit this masterpiece. On December 19, at 4pm, visitors can go along and meet the illuminated Snow Queen as the Liverpool Lantern Company presents a musical, yuletide procession around Albert Dock. The 200ft tall ship, Stavros S Niarchos, has also returned to the Dock for her annual winter rest, inviting visitors to step aboard this stunning vessel and explore her magnificent decks on select weekends throughout the season. Sue Grindrod, chief executive, Albert Dock Liverpool, said: “Christmas is always an extra special time for us here at Albert Dock, and this year is no exception. We have something for everyone to enjoy – whether it’s to bring the family along to meet the reindeer and Christmas characters, to take in some culture at Tate Liverpool’s new Matisse In Focus exhibition, to explore the Christmas menus at our fabulous restaurants, or to simply soak up the magical atmosphere by taking a wintery stroll along the quayside. “It’s also great to be playing a huge part in Marketing Liverpool’s One Magical City campaign, working closely with our city and waterfront partners to create a truly wonderful destination for our visitors this festive season.”
Launch of Christmas at Liverpool ONE
Launch of Christmas at Liverpool ONE
The festivities have returned to Liverpool ONE with the 30-mtetre tree on Paradise Street. Bar Hütte, located under the tree opens from 11am every day until January 3rd and serves a range of Alpine-inspired drinks. After a trip along this year’s Snowflake Trail, visitors can also take advantage of Bar Hutte’s themed chalets dotted around the base of the tree. Each with their own unique theme. Returning to Chavasse Park is the Ice Festival, filled with plenty of family friendly activities including Liverpool’s only outdoor Ice Rink, the UK’s largest Ice Slide – now extended to three lanes – as well as plenty of fairground rides. The Après Lodge is the perfect after show location to help warm the spirits. For the brave, remember to wrap-up warm if you plan to take a look around this year’s sub-zero Ice Bar.  Made entirely of ice, this year’s chilling space will be filled with fascinating optical illusions.
CREDIT - Bob Edwards. Fun on the ice this young lady enjoys the ice rink at Liverpool ONE
CREDIT – Bob Edwards. Fun on the ice this young lady enjoys the ice rink at Liverpool ONE
The iconic St George’s Hall has announced the return with its successful Grotto for a third magical year – and it promises to be even bigger and better for Christmas 2015.  Santa’s Magical Grotto sets the scene for an exciting festive season when it opens each weekend from 21 November to 13 December. It then daily from 14 and 23 December. Children and their families will be treated to live character performances along a festive treasure trail which leads to a traditional grotto. St George's Hall Grotto image - smallThis year’s grotto at St George’s Hall is set in a magical Winter Wonderland. Alan Smith, General Manager at St George’s Hall, said: “St George’s Hall is a Liverpool landmark – so where better to bring your family and enjoy a traditional magical grotto. We were thrilled with the success of our previous grottos – so there was no question about throwing open our doors again this Christmas. This year, our excited young visitors (and old ones too!), can look forward to live performances from fairy-tale characters and a treasure trail, transforming our cells and Catacomb Galleries, before meeting Santa Claus. We look forward to ensure everyone has a truly magical time.” Chris Brown, Marketing Liverpool director, said: “Liverpool is thriving. I am very proud of what we are achieving together. Seeing Liverpool celebrate in such fantastic style is a wonderful way to mark our One Magical City celebrations.” For a full programme of all of the enchanting events across the city visit www.onemagicalcity.com For more information on The Snowflake Trail, go to www.thisliverpool.com/christmas