Christmas markets back for a second year

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Liverpool Christmas Markets 2017. Pic © Anisah Arif JMU Journalism

Returning to St George’s Hall Plateau for the second year, Liverpool’s festive Christmas markets have re-opened again.

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy got things up and running in a ceremony on Friday, which was followed by live performances from singer Danielle Thomas and The Choir with No Name.

Facing Lime Street station, the seasonal attractions contain 40 traditional cabins featuring items from across four continents, selling food, drinks, handmade jewellery, festive decorations and more.

Fresh for this year includes the Windmill Bar, which will serve old-fashioned mulled wine, beers and other drinks in a setting which welcomes visitors when they first enter the markets.

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Becky Gorman, light decorations stallholder at the Christmas markets, told JMU Journalism: “We do a lot of stalls like this for other festivals including One Flag and Glastonbury last year. I grew up in Liverpool, and people are so nice around here. I love doing this.

“I haven’t even sold a single thing yet, but I’m having a lovely chat with everyone walking by.”

Liverpool Christmas Stalls 2017. Pic © Anisah Arif JMU Journalism

Cllr Kennedy said: “We had a great response from both traders and visitors last year to the markets in their new home. In its location facing Lime Street Station, the festive attraction really does act as a wonderful shop window to the city’s Christmas offer.

“Every year we try to raise the bar with whatever we do, and this year there are more stalls on offer, giving shoppers a wider selection of festive goodies to purchase.

Merseyside Police will have an armed presence at the attraction as part of an ongoing security and reassurance operation at the Christmas Markets, which will be open until December 22nd.

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