Christmas magic arrives in Liverpool when the city gets illuminated with millions of colorful lights. After the annual Christmas Lights switch on in November and the opening of the Liverpool Christmas Market, the city center becomes a true winter wonderland. St. John's Gardens and the area around St. George's Hall, as well as Church Alley and Liverpool One, are among the best decorated in the city.
Christmas Lights are especially abundant in Liverpool One shopping mall, which usually hosts a large street festival to kick off the Christmas season. The main highlight is the 50 ft (15 m) Christmas tree, which is ornamented by dozens of glowing hearts. The giant tree, which has become one of the symbols of Liverpool Christmas, even hosts a small bar underneath. The area is also known for its large illuminated reindeer sculptures.
Church Alley, connecting Church Street and Bluecoat Street, is a premier shopping destination and a must-see during Christmas-time thanks to a spectacular music and light show, which takes place every hour from 4:30 to 7.30 pm. It features a 160 ft (50 m) LED tunnel of light, synchronized to popular Christmas songs and carols.
The next destination for a winter stroll is Royal Albert Dock. Its 86 illuminated columns light up the inner quay with a million lights. And light projections on the façade of the Merseyside Maritime Museum simply can't be missed.
Kids also adore Chavasse Park with its Polar Adventure land train as well as a walk-through Christmas Tree in Williamson Square. On the other hand, a traditional fir tree can be seen on Church Street, which has become another center of holiday festivities in Liverpool.