We were delayed so missed the Snow Queen in her sleigh as she paraded around the city centre magically turning on the lights. We did see some of her helpers though and the tree looks pretty good.
I much prefer this sort of thing to the static, staged, celebrity switch-on events of past years, its more relaxed and the performers interact with the people most of whom just happened to be in town at the right time.
This year for the first time, the city’s Christmas lights will extend from the shopping district all the way up to the Cultural Quarter around William Brown Street, and will also complement the festive display in Liverpool One.
New light features for 2009 include designs celebrating the Go Penguins Winter Trail, the 2010 Shanghai EXPO at which Liverpool is the only UK city to have its own pavilion, the Business Improvement District and Bold Street Traders.
Because of the energy efficient bulbs being used, the lights are 44 percent cheaper to run than the system the city used in 2007.
The illumination parade launches Liverpool’s wider Christmas programme of events entitled A Winters Trail, which will feature the launch of the public art extravaganza Go Penguins on Monday, November 23 which runs until January 10 2010.
Visitors and shoppers in Liverpool can also expect first class Christmas entertainment every Thursday (until Dec 17) from 5-8pm as carol singers, brass bands and arctic-themed theatre performers bring music and laughter to the city. Other Christmas highlights include an ice-rink at Williamson Square and a big Wheel and Ice Palace at Liverpool One.