Liverpool Cathedral offers ‘magical’ Christmas light show

A ‘magical’ light show will illuminate Liverpool Cathedral in the run up to Christmas. Tony McDonough reports

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Liverpool Cathedral is to offer a ‘magical’ Christmas light show


Liverpool Cathedral is to offer a “magical Christmas light show” this December for the second year running.

Renowned international art team Luxmuralis who will display their immersive light and sound installation, The Light Before Christmas: The Manger, from December 1. Last year the attraction proved to be a sell-out.

The cathedral’s historic architecture will become a backdrop for the sensory experience, which will take guests on a journey that brings the nativity story to life.

Sue Jones, Dean of Liverpool Cathedral, said: “This event was phenomenally popular last year with every ticket being sold, so we are delighted to bring it back. We know how much people wanted to see something similar.

The Light Before Christmas: The Manger will offer visitors a different way of engaging with the Nativity story that people enjoy and love. It offers the perfect opportunity for people of all ages to come together and enjoy a festive experience.”

This large-scale Son et Lumiere project will see lights and sound filling the majestic building, including stunning Christmas related images that will be projected onto the front elevation and the interior walls.

Illuminations will guide visitors into the building to follow the story, while encouraging both young and old to look up and enjoy the architectural splendour of the building.

The event is £9.90 for adults and £7.70 for children aged from three to 16. Entry for children under three is free when accompanied by an adult but they must have a ticket.

Family tickets are also available and there will be two sensory shows with shorter running times and reduced sound.

This will be the third time that Liverpool Cathedral has worked in collaboration with Luxmuralis.

As well as being the artists behind last year’s Christmas event, they also curated Space, The Universe and Everything which was held at the Cathedral in February 2022.

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Artistic director Peter Walker added: “Liverpool has embraced these light shows with tens of thousands visiting previous work.

“It is beginning to feel like a tradition for the city to visit the Cathedral in the festive period and for family and friends to visit the Christmas illuminations as part of the start of the holidays.”

The event starts on December 1 and finishes on December 8. It runs between 4.30pm and 8.30pm daily, except on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday when it finishes at 7.30pm. Click here to book tickets.

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