There is less than 10 weeks to Christmas and plans for the city’s shopping extravaganza have been revealed. It’ll be the biggest and most festive celebration we’ve ever seen and includes an array of tradition and comfort.
Times Square is to house an enormous Bavarian beer hall, courtesy of Erdinger, with a varied range of drinks including mightily-sized beer steins for festive wheat beers to get your festive spirits flowing. Not happy with just the drinks, the beer hall will have German Oompah bands to entertain with live music.
Shopping will be abundant in the Christmas village, a weekend craft market will take residence in Times Square with an array of stalls with seasonal decorations, sweet treats and handcrafted gifts or you could even find your own Christmas tree. You don’t need to visit for shopping alone, next to the village will be an outdoor ice rink, put on by Life Science Centre, for all those budding Dancing On Ice fans!
With easy access from Central Station and being in the centre of the city, the winter village is there for all to use, bringing an alternative Christmas shopping experience. Partnering with Erdinger, one of the biggest beer companies in Germany means there’ll be a true traditional festive feel across the city, and the beer hall means partying can carry on into eh evening and beyond, being open until midnight seven days a week for the duration.
As we all know the festive season really kicks off once the Christmas lights are turned on, and this year will be no different. We’re looking forward to as great a night as we had last year, when Joe McElderry flicked the switch in front of 5000 people. The Christmas market will also be returning from 16th November to 16th December with its huge selection of international stalls, warming foods and array of handcrafted gifts.
The big Christmas lights switch-on is Thursday 8th November and the winter village is open the following day, Friday 9th until Saturday January 5th, providing plenty of opportunity to embrace the festive spirit and try everything out. Santa also arrives into the city in his grotto every weekend from 17th November until 23rd December, bring the children with their list along to sit on Santa’s lap and meet his elves.
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