Liverpool Christmas Market Events in 2020
Liverpool is usually home to its fair share of annual Christmas market events, some of which have been running for over a decade now. Whether they’re one-day events or full-on European style Christmas markets, they’re festive affairs taking place in some of the city’s most iconic locations and attracting thousands of people every year.
Unfortunately, 2020 has thrown many Christmas Market event organisers a curveball, and as Liverpool has been one of the most severely affected regions, many have had to give up on their plans and cancel their events altogether. Throw in the November national lockdown for good measure and it’s suddenly starting to look very difficult to get your Christmas shopping in Liverpool done at all!
If you’re still hoping to get some of your seasonal fix of Christmas markets this year, but aren’t sure which ones are going to be open: then you’re in luck. We’ll break down every Christmas Market event in Liverpool right here and let you know whether it’s on or not.
What Liverpool Christmas Markets are on this year?
Liverpool Christmas Market at St. George’s Hall
15th – 23rd November 2020
The Liverpool Christmas Market was in its 14th year before it was cancelled this year. Taking place in front of the iconic St. George’s Hall, the Market regularly features fairground attractions such as a Ferris wheel, as well as plenty of hot food stands and a bar selling festive beverages.
The Christmas Market was due to take place from 15th November through to 23rd December, however the Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon, took the tough decision to cancel the entire event in light of the current restrictions.
“The hugely complex challenges they face due to the ongoing health pandemic means it simply isn’t logistically or practically feasible for the event to go ahead. We look forward to working with them in 2021 on a significantly expanded Christmas market.”
A silver lining in this announcement was that the council had been closely working with partners to produce “an extended lighting programme which will illuminate a trail from the Town Hall all the way up to Chinatown”. Christmas lights will also line Hope Street this year, connecting both of Liverpool’s iconic cathedrals for the first time.
River Mersey Christmas Market at Echo Arena
25th – 26th November 2020
The River Mersey Christmas Market is an indoor event that has also been cancelled due to the current restrictions in place. The market was due to feature a variety of Christmas themed fairground rides, in addition to plenty of market stalls and food offerings.
Over 200 businesses had signed up to sell their wares under one roof, making for a perfect day out that could have made this year’s Christmas shopping a breeze. Best of all, a percentage of proceeds from the event were going to be donated to MCL Animal Rescue and RASA Merseyside – hopefully, those charities will receive donations from elsewhere this Christmas.
Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival at the Pier Head
13th November 2020 – 3rd January 2021
Taking place in a prime spot near the iconic Three Graces, the Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival offers a similar experience to the Christmas Market at St. George’s Hall, with an extra dose of ice-themed activities.
Not only are there three 30m ice runs (the longest in the UK), but there’s also a covered ice rink for skating. An ice-themed carousel ride, the Ice Jet, caps off a fun evening of activities. In addition to these winter-themed activities, the Festival also hosts a variety of hot food stalls, a bar and several Christmas market stalls.
Unfortunately, the Ice Festival is another event that has been forced to be postponed this year, hopefully, it’ll be able to return next year.
The Makers Market at the Bombed Out Church
15th November & 20th December 2020
The Makers Market is a touring marketplace comprising dozens of independent businesses. Every 3rd Sunday of the month, the Market comes to St. Luke’s on Hardman Street (better known as the Bombed Out Church) bringing with it all manner of market stalls selling unique food, artwork and clothes. Needless to say, despite the Market being on all year round, it’s particularly useful for Christmas shoppers when it swings through in November and December each year.
Independent sellers at the Makers Market this year include: Daddy Cools Chilli Sauce, selling the perfect spicy stocking filler for any lovers of heat, Raggie Annies Fairtrade, selling hand-woven ethical clothing, and Number 71 Legend Rooms, offering some truly unique northern themed artwork. Shoppers can also keep their appetites sated or pick up a few bites for their Christmas buffets from Alex’s Bakery, the Manchester Doughnut Co. and Pudding and Pie.
The Makers Market is completely open-air and has continued to tour the North throughout the recent lockdown – however you may want to check their Instagram beforehand just to make sure it’s still on.
Make’s Winter Arkade at 34 Regent Street and Invisible Wind Factory
13th December 2020
Returning for its third successive year, Make’s Winter Arkade promises to bring visitors a winter-themed shopping wonderland with dozens of independent artists and crafters, hot festive drinks, family activities, workshops, music and other entertainment.
Make is a community interest company, formed in 2012 that works to support independent local businesses, artists and makers. The company has helped dozens of businesses find a place in the city to thrive and has even helped connect those startups with their customers.
The Winter Arkade will bring together a whole host of local brewers, artists and other independent businesses under two roofs, making it an ideal last call for anyone still looking to tick off their Christmas shopping list once and for all. There’s also the opportunity to make something yourself, sign up ahead of time to take part in a Festive Cutout Collage Workshop or Natural Wreath Making.
Independent Liverpool Shopping Markets
Although many of the dedicated Christmas Market events in Liverpool have been cancelled in 2020, thankfully Liverpool is not short of its own independent shopping markets that may be just the place to pick up your Christmas gifts. Whilst we can’t vouch that the same level of seasonal cheer will be on display here, there should at least be plenty of independent businesses to peruse, once restrictions have been lifted on the 3rd December.
Ten Streets Market
Setup in 2019, Ten Streets Market (found on Cotton Street), is the brainchild of mother and daughter team Tina and Georgia Kavanagh. They transformed the 8,500ft ex-warehouse space into a Cultural Enterprise Industry Hub, and filled with independent food, drinks, arts and crafts. It’s the perfect place to grab a few bits and bobs, before settling down for a well-deserved drink.
Mersey Made comprises a shop, cafe and 10 open studios housing talented artists from the local area. The shop, found on Paradise Street, stocks crafted goods from dozens of local artists, crafters and other independent businesses, making it a great place to find some truly unique Christmas gifts. Stockists include Turncoat Gin, Toxteth Chocolate, The Liverpool Jam Company and Beers of Anfield Road. Whilst Mersey Made’s physical shop is closed due to current restrictions, you can still browse their online shop.
Red Brick Hangar
Created in conjunction with popular vintage shop, Red Brick Vintage, the Hangar is an indoor market showcasing Liverpool’s best independent sellers and businesses. In this unique industrial space in the ever-popular Cains Brewery Village, you’ll find local artists, start-up businesses and even a men’s barber! If you’re short on inspiration for gifts, then you’ll likely find it here.
Bluecoat Display Centre
The Bluecoat is one of Liverpool’s most venerable community-focused art institutions having been established in 1958. The Display Centre is exactly what it says, an airy shop showcasing the best art from over 350 local craftspeople. The Display Centre has been a registered charity since 2010, the centre also holds a variety of exhibitions and workshops to get involved with.
The Art Quarter
You’ll find this unique boutique in the Metquarter, owned and managed by a collective of artists established in 2015. Art on sale is in a wide range of mediums including painting, illustration, photography, textiles, glasswork, greetings cards, homewares and jewellery. You can talk to the artists at the Art Quarter in person and even commission new works for an extra special Christmas gift.
YaMaket is an online market of Merseyside’s crafters and grafters. It’s the perfect place to shop and discover unique, handcrafted gifts for your whole family. You’ll find Christmas gift ideas for everyone at our online marketplace and you can guarantee that your money will be going to support independent businesses from Liverpool, as well as local charities.
It remains unclear how and when we’ll be able to support independent businesses in Liverpool again in person. With so many Christmas Market events cancelled, YaMaket is stepping in to provide Christmas shoppers with a convenient way of getting their lists ticked off whilst supporting the local economy.
Take a look at our marketplace now and see what you can find today.
Does Liverpool have a Xmas market?
Liverpool has several Christmas markets, including the Christmas Market at St. George’s Hall and the Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival, both of which have been cancelled for 2020.
Where are Liverpool Christmas Markets?
The main Liverpool Christmas Market is held outside St. George’s Hall, whilst the Liverpool Ice Festival takes place on the Pier Head.
What time does Liverpool Christmas market open?
The Liverpool Christmas Market was due to open from Friday 15 November until Monday 23 December. It has now been cancelled by the council for 2020.
Is the Christmas market on in Liverpool?
The Liverpool Christmas Market at St. George’s Hall and the Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival are not on in 2020, both have been cancelled in response to the current restrictions in place.
Is there a Christmas market in Southport?
Southport is not holding a Christmas Market in 2020, however, it has previously hosted one.
Are Manchester Christmas Markets on this year?
The Manchester Christmas Markets have been cancelled for 2020.
Does Chester have a Christmas market?
Chester’s Christmas Market has been cancelled for 2020.