Shrek and friends to light up Liverpool

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Shrek on St George's Hall for DreamWorks Lights. Pic © DreamWorks Lights

Shrek on St George’s Hall for DreamWorks Lights. Pic © DreamWorks Lights

Animated children’s characters such as Shrek will ‘come to life’ as a lantern show promises to light up St George’s Hall.

The grand Liverpool venue will hold the first ever DreamWorks Lights show in Europe this Christmas. It will run daily from November 26th until January 15th, but tickets are said to be selling fast.

Featuring many of the animation company’s most famous characters, the show is aimed to please all ages that enjoy DreamWorks’ movies.

Antz, Chicken Run and Shrek are just some of the family favourite films that this Hollywood company has had a hand in producing.

Around 100 characters from the DreamWorks’ universe will be brought to life through the use of illuminated lanterns. The designs are based on the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival which is an ancient celebration when Chinese people celebrate New Year.

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Richard Hollis, Head of UK Consumer Products at DreamWorks, said: “We chose Liverpool because it is an iconic city, a true cultural capital known all over the world for its great events, and the stunning location of St George’s Hall is the perfect setting for DreamWorks Lights.

“We’re looking forward to seeing eyes young and old light up when they experience our large scale illuminated lantern characters for the very first time.”

During the summer the Grade 1 listed building was the setting for filming of the newest film in the Harry Potter spin-off series, Wonderful Beasts and Where to Find Them.

This spectacular event is a part of Liverpool’s ‘One Magical City’ campaign which will also feature the Christmas market moving to outside St George’s Hall.

Councillor Wendy Simon, Assistant Mayor for Culture, said: “St George’s Hall is the perfect place to get everyone into the Christmas spirit. We’re thrilled DreamWorks has chosen Liverpool as the only place you’ll be able to see this amazing attraction in Europe this Christmas.”

Tickets are available costing £10 for adults and £8 for children.

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