Mariah and The Beatles to feature in the Liverpool Light Spectacular

Liverpool BID Company’s display of music and light will happen for 10 minutes every hour from 4.30pm to 7.30pm starting from Friday, November 15. Tony McDonough reports

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The Christmas music and light show was a big success in Spain and Belgium


Mariah Carey, The Beatles and The Ronettes will be among artists that will will make up the soundtrack of the Liverpool Light Spectacular – a magical, 50-metre tunnel of light in the city centre this Christmas.

Liverpool BID Company’s display of music and light will happen for 10 minutes every hour from 4.30pm to 7.30pm starting from Friday, November 15 on Church Alley, connecting Church Street and Bluecoat.

It will run through to January 5 although the Christmas music will only last until December 26. The seven-song playlist of seasonal songs and local anthems is:

  • Last Christmas – Cascada
  • Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
  • All You Need is Love – The Beatles
  • Waiting for Christmas to Arrive – L.E.Y.T.
  • Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes
  • All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey
  • Carol of the Bell – David Foster

The BID is working with The Festive Group to produce Liverpool Light Spectacular – a replica of the world-famous Christmas display which has appeared on the streets of Málaga in Spain, Oostende in Belgium, and Moscow in Russia with massive success.

Bill Addy, chief executive of Liverpool BID Company, and chair of LVEN (Liverpool Visitor Economy Network), said: “We are very excited to reveal some more details about the BID’s Liverpool Light Spectacular – it is going to be an amazing new attraction in the city centre this Christmas, with music, lights and festive cheer – we can’t wait for people to experience it.

“It is one of the BID’s main goals to make Liverpool city centre the place to visit for shopping and leisure during the festive period – one of the most important trading times for our levy paying businesses on the high street.

“By working with our partners at Liverpool City Council and Marketing Liverpool, we believe we have something really special this year that will truly set us apart from other towns and cities across the North West.”

Liverpool Light Spectacular is the main highlight of the BID’s 2019 Christmas campaign, and comes thanks to a BID investment of nearly £250,000, funded by the 1,500 BID levy paying businesses in the city centre.

This year shoppers and businesses can also experience a walk-through, 16-metre high artificial tree in Williamson Square; Christmas light decorations on Bold Street, Whitechapel, Castle Street, Cook Street, Chapel Street, Exchange Flags and Tithebarn Street.

There will be lighting on trees on Church Street, Lord Street, Derby Square, Old Hall Street and Parker Street, including more than 2,000 Christmas baubles; Angel Selfie display on Castle Street and Clayton Square; Christmas workshops at Metquarter and St Johns Shopping Centre; and the return of the much-loved St Paul’s Square Christmas tree.

The BID investment complements Liverpool City Council’s investment for the traditional Christmas tree on Church Street and festive decorations in St George’s Quarter, Hope Street and other areas of the city centre.

To find out more about what is happening across Liverpool this festive season click here

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