Are you heading to an event at St George’s Hall over the winter? Perhaps even Liverpool Christmas Market?
If so, here are some pointers…
Temporary traffic measures remain in place on Lime Street, currently restricting access to public transport and cyclists. Please bear this information in mind if you’re driving (although, if possible, we advise the use of public transport). More info:
In line with the city’s latest public health guidance, we strongly advise visitors to take a lateral flow test before coming to see us, and to wear a face covering (if not exempt). Vaccinations and boosters are also being urged to those who are eligible. As always, anyone who is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 is strictly advised to self-isolate. More info can be found here.
Thank you for your consideration! Have fun and stay safe
The Liverpool Christmas Market is the perfect mix of local food, drinks and craft traders offering the very best in a wide range of delicious treats and seasonal delights. Our city is world famous for its wonderful retail offering and the central location of the Christmas Market makes it the perfect pit stop on any shopping trip. Having missed last year – we are hoping 2021 will be the best year yet with even more to eat, drink, purchase and see!
Top image credit: Stratus Imagery
From Friday 12 November to Thursday 23 December, around 40 stalls, festive rides and twinkly lights will transform St John’s Gardens, William Brown Street and the area around the North Entrance of St George’s Hall (near the Stebble Fountain) – in a slight change of location this year.
Open every day – with the exception of Remembrance Sunday (14 November) – the market will be packed with a delicious range of food and drink, with foodies being able to tuck in to favourites such as Yorkshire pudding wraps, German sausages, dipped pretzels, siu mai, crêpes and hot chocolate.
Those after a festive tipple can choose between from a variety of festive themed bars including the iconic Windmill, Tepee tent and Barrel Bar, as well as the Alpine Lodge and its karaoke cable cars. For 2021 there is also the new addition of the Bavarian bar where visitors can try a selection of German beers or hot cider.
Shoppers looking for the perfect gift will find personalised decorations, glass baubles, photo prints and jewellery.
Kids (big and small) can enjoy Santa’s Village with its variety of festive rides including a big wheel and a giant Bavarian snow slide.
Liverpool Christmas Market opens on Friday 12 November until Thursday 23 December*.
*Excluding Remembrance Sunday 14 November when the market will be closed all day and Thursday 23 December (when the Market closes at the earlier time of 8pm)
- Sunday – Wednesday: 11am – 9pm
- Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm
The market is located around the North Side of St George’s Hall on William Brown Street, and St John’s Gardens at the back of St George’s Hall – in a slight change of location, due to the ongoing roadworks on Lime Street.
What types of stalls are there?
You can expect to find gift stalls, including Christmas decorations and handmade crafts from local and international artists and makers.
There is a variety of stalls offering a range of food and drink, including the famous German sausages, Yorkshire pudding wraps, crepes, and hot chocolate.
And for those that enjoy a festive tipple, there is a range of bars for mulled wine and hot cider including the windmill bar, tepee tent and the karaoke cable cars.
Do I need to book a ticket in advance?
No, you can just turn up. Tickets for rides can be purchased on site (at the ride of your choosing).
Are there any age restrictions for the Christmas Market?
No, there are no age restrictions, as it is a family event.
Are there any activities for children?
Yes, children can enjoy Santa’s village with its variety of festive rides – including a big wheel and Bavarian snow slide.
How do I access the Christmas Market?
The updated location means that the market has now been spread into St John’s Gardens. Please see access points listed below:
- Lime Street, between the lion statues (please note, this is cobbled access)
- Lime Street, opposite Liverpool Empire Theatre (please note, there is a combination of pavement and cobbles in this area)
- St John’s Lane (opposite Courtyard Bar & Kitchen – please note, this area is accessible via steps)
- William Brown Street by Liverpool World Museum (please note, this is paved access).
- Yellow curb ramps have been placed around the site where dropped curbs are not available – please ask a member of security staff who have access to curb ramps if you need one in a specific location.
What’s the best way to travel to the markets?
The best way is on foot from the city centre, via train to Lime Street Station, or via bus to Queen Square Bus Station, where the market is just across the road from both.
Where is the nearest place to park for the event?
There are city centre car parks available nearby at:
- St John’s Shopping Centre, St George’s Pl, Liverpool L1 1LY
- Q-Park Queen Square, L1 1RH
- Lime Street Station Car Park, Lord Nelson Street L3 5QB
Is the event accessible?
Yes, the majority of the event takes place on the paved areas that are accessible and ramps have been put in on the curbs for wheelchair access.
There are accessible picnic benches around the site – please note, these are available on a first come first served basis.
Blue Badge drop-off point is on commutation row. Due to road closures and barriers in place for public safety there is no blue badge parking.
All bars are accessible.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, dogs are welcome – although, please bear in mind it can be quiet noisy and busy at popular times, which may be unsettling for some dogs.
Are there toilets and changing facilities at the event?
Accessible toilets are located on William Brown Street (top end, opposite Liverpool Empire Theatre) and also in St John’s Gardens (by the tepee tent/bar).
Please note, there are no changing spaces/facilities in the Christmas Market – however, the Liverpool Central Library have changing facilities, accessible via their opening times.
St Johns Garden’s is a memorial site – what is being done to protect the memorials?
The Christmas Market is situated along the top path of the Gardens only, meaning that all of the memorials will be untouched and accessible for anyone to visit at all times.
Will I be able to access the Liverpool Cenotaph on St George’s Plateau to pay my respects?
Yes, the Christmas Market takes place at the North End of the Plateau and the Liverpool Cenotaph will always be accessible to view for acts of remembrance.
What safety and security measures are in place?
- To keep you safe, UK Police have implemented security around this event. Some you will see, others you will not.
- If you spot someone acting suspiciously, report it to police or to security staff immediately: don’t leave it to someone else.
- If you get caught up in the event of a weapons attack, we urge you to follow the Run, Hide, Tell advice.
- In an emergency, if you think there is an immediate risk, always call 999 and look around you for help from staff ‐ especially those with radios who can raise the alarm quickly.
- Don’t leave bags unattended or anywhere they could cause a security scare. And never agree to look after anyone else’s bags, no matter how plausible their story.
- If there is an incident, listen to staff and any announcements. Organisers will have emergency plans to help you keep safe.
- In the event of an attack, encourage everyone to follow the Merseyside Police Twitter account and @TerrorismPolice – #ActionCountersTerrorism.
- We advise the public to remain vigilant. If you see anything suspicious report it in confidence on 0800 789 321 or gov.uk/ACT or in an emergency the public should always call 999.
- Remember, the chance of being caught in a terrorism incident is small. But if it happens ‐ Run, Hide, Tell.