Liverpool’s 2016 Christmas Market has been extended and will continue into January for its first time in 11 years.
The selection of seasonal stalls, which have this year set up home in a new location outside the landmark St George’s Hall, was originally scheduled to be open until 22 December as part of the One Magical City campaign.
Following the success of the new-look market so far, as it operates outside this year’s festive DreamWorks Lights attraction, the Christmas Market will now remain open for an extra two days until 24 December, before reopening as a Winter Market from 27 December until 8 January.
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration and markets at Liverpool City Council, which recently bought back the city’s market company for £1, says: “Having both the city’s Christmas Market and DreamWorks Lights at the same site has paid real dividends in terms of raising the profile and footfall to the St George’s Quarter.
‘’To be able to extend the run of the market into the New Year is a huge boost for our festive programme and will ensure the magic of Christmas will continue to flow in Liverpool.”
The current Christmas Market features traditional festive fare such as hampers, decorations, roasted chestnuts and mulled wine.
The following Winter Market edition will be altered to feature around half the number of stalls, focusing on food, jewellery, clothes, arts and crafts.
It will continue to run between the same times from 11am until 9pm during Monday to Saturday, and 11am until 5pm on Sundays.