A specially commissioned light installation will illuminate Liverpool ONE when the retail complex’s Christmas festivities begin.
The city centre destination is preparing to launch ‘Polaris; Dare to Dream’ by artist Mark Robinson on 16 November, alongside a festive street party and the return of the towering 30-metre high Christmas tree.
The light installation, which will take over Chavasse Park, is designed to represent the pillars of Liverpool’s culture including people, music, art, trade, education and sport. It’s being created using 96 colour-changing cubes, each weighing 65kg and containing computer-controlled LED lights.
Ahead of its unveiling, Mark Robinson says: “Every time people visit, whether it is day, dusk or evening, there will be something different to see.
“The exhibit is inspired by the brightest star in the constellation. It is designed to show how far and wide Liverpool’s culture has spread.
“It has been wonderful creating such a unique piece for the city.”
Liverpool ONE’s Christmas lights switch-on celebrations, which will also mark the start of a festive fundraising partnership with the NSPCC as part of its Light for Every Childhood Christmas appeal, will take place between 4pm and 8pm.
PopVox – a 250-strong choir – will gather on Sugar House steps near John Lewis to entertain visitors.
Meanwhile the street party will bring a piano-playing Santa, walkabout festive character performances and pop-up pantomime previews from city theatres including the Unity Theatre.
Nine-year-old ‘The Voice Kids 2018’ contestant, Astrid is also expected to make an appearance.
Donna Howitt, marketing director at Liverpool ONE, says: “We are really looking forward to lighting up as many Christmases as possible this year at Liverpool ONE.
“Our partnership with the NSPCC will help us to achieve this and we look forward to welcoming a whole variety of choirs and singers throughout the festive period who will help to raise much needed funds for the NSPCC operating from the Hargreaves Centre in Liverpool.
“We have some amazing activity planned this festive season with performances from local pantomime stars through to a piano playing Santa and, of course, the impressive lighting display on Chavasse Park.”
Following the 16 November switch-on, ‘Polaris; Dare to Dream’ will remain open until 6 January. The free attraction will be lit 24 hours a day, with the best views after dusk and at night.