Countdown To One Magical Christmas

LIVERPOOL is about to get all Christmassy in what is set to be its most spectacular festive season to date. And the celebrations start at Liverpool ONE from November 10th. Taking pride of place in Paradise Street, and returning for its second year, is Liverpool ONE’s iconic 30 metre Christmas tree, believed to be the UK’s largest and with the unique feature of allowing visitors to explore the space inside. The tree will start to take shape from October 24th with builders working around the clock to ensure the huge structure is ready for the city’s big switch on taking place on Thursday November 10th. Liverpool ONE is promising a party to remember – building on the success of last year’s event – with festivities to appeal to every member of the family. From 4pm on November 10th there will be live music, giveaways, street entertainment and pantomime appearances, culminating in the turn on of the tree at 6pm with an impressive light performance created by the Liverpool Empire Theatre. Shops across the city centre will also remain open until 8pm on this evening with bars and restaurants open until late. A new addition to the tree this year will be dazzling light shows. Every day in the run up to Christmas, iconic Christmas songs and musical numbers will fill Paradise Street with the lights on the tree creating spectacular dance routines to the music. Bar Hütte, the Alpine-inspired bar, also makes a welcome return underneath the tree offering the perfect place to kick-start every Christmas party. Up to 12 guests can enjoy a hearty Christmas singsong with a spot of “carol-oke” inside one of its 10 themed ski-huts or celebrate in the disco hütte, complete with disco lights and Christmas tunes. And as a first this year, visitors are being encouraged to enjoy a new dimension to the festive fun by downloading Liverpool ONE’s new Fairy App. The app allows users to ‘capture’ one of the fairies flying around the tree, name them and then share with their friends across social media. The App, which can be downloaded on iOS only, will be around throughout the festive season for everyone to experience and enjoy. On Chavasse Park, there’s even more fun for the family with a host of children’s rides and seasonal food and drink attractions. This offer has been expanded following Ice Festival re-locating to Liverpool’s iconic waterfront. For the shopaholics, there are more than 600 brands to choose from. In addition to all of the high street favourites, there is also Peter’s Lane where all of the designer exclusive brands can be found, including Michael Kors, the soon to open The White Company, Ted Baker London and Reiss, in addition to the only Beauty Bazaar Harvey Nichols in the country. Donna Howitt, Marketing Director at Liverpool ONE, said: “This year we’ve pulled out all of the stops to ensure the Christmas season is more magical and awe-inspiring than ever before. “With lights and music across the city, this really will bring Christmas to life in Liverpool this year. “We are delighted to welcome back our unique Christmas tree with a host of new features and offer something that’s not found anywhere else in the country. This year, visitors to the city centre are guaranteed to be singing and dancing as the daily light shows entertain. “We hope that visitors of all ages have a wonderful experience in our city over the festive period. We are confident lots of happy memories will be made in Liverpool this Christmas.” Liverpool ONE’s Christmas is part of One Magical City, a programme of festive activity which takes place across Liverpool, from its waterfront to the retail heart and historic areas. For a full programme of all of the enchanting events across the city visit www.onemagicalcity.com