Christmas Markets and free festive movies are coming to Southport Market this weekend!
Outdoor chalets selling festive gift ideas will line up along Market Street in Southport town centre from this Friday (10th December) until Thursday, 23rd December.
The markets will run between 9am and 5.30pm each day.
Expect to find plenty of local crafts, gifts and treats inside outdoor chalets featuring a wealth of present and gift ideas in the area around the market.
Families can discover free Christmas movies too from this Saturday (11th December) in the stylish ‘Extravaganza’ events space, which has been given a special festive makeover for December.
Films being screened this weekend in partnership with Bijou Cinema Southport include The Santa Clause at 11.30am this Saturday (11th December) with The Nutcracker & The Four Realms (1pm) and The Polar Express (4pm) being screened this Sunday (12th December).
Other movies being screened during December will include: Frozen, The Santa Clause, It’s A Wonderful Life, Elf and others.
A full list of festive films is below.
A Southport Market spokesperson said: “The festive cinema is not bookable and is first come first serve.
“The response to our Festive Cinema has been fabulous so far!
“We can’t wait to start showing films this weekend the 11th thanks to the guys at Bijou Cinema!
“Please keep checking our social media each week for any changes.”
Southport Market is usually closed on Mondays and Tuesdays but will be open every day from now up to and including Christmas Eve. It will then be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day before reopening on 27th December.
Live music events are also taking place, including: Monday 13th December, 12pm – Festive Choir From Make Noise; Tuesday 14th December, 12.30pm – Greg Last; Thursday 16th December, 7.30pm – Dave Broe.
Also starting from this Saturday (11th December), children can visit Southport Market’s special North Pole post office drop-off to ensure their letters to Santa, while Father Christmas and his elves will also be making a special guest appearance on certain dates.
All the festive activity at Southport Market will also be a great chance for people to visit the growing number of independent local businesses in Southport Market Quarter.
Southport Market has been transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland this December thanks to a number of local firms.
Lighting experts IllumiDex UK Ltd have created a beautiful tunnel of lights in the entrance, festive lighting, Christmas wreaths, giant baubles, and other festive decorations.
The firm created the ‘boulevard of light’ with 300,000 lights along Lord Street in Southport earlier this year, and has also lit up a number of local businesses including Remedy, Pavilion, the Masons Arms and Peaky Blinders.
Christmas trees were supplied and decorated by Jenny Armstrong of Fantasy Weddings, who also beautifully decorated and styled the indoor and outdoor seating huts.
Fantasy Weddings owner Jenny Armstrong said: “We were asked to dress the tunnel, decorate numerous trees and also the chalets. Our team worked very hard in there.”
The transformation of the Extravaganza Cinema Room was managed and supplied by WeLoveThis – a local events company.
The cinema festoon lighting was supplied by MJD Events.
A Southport Market spokesperson said: “It’s officially Christmas!
“We are so excited for our first Christmas at the Market. We have gone all out and we hope you love it as much as we do.
“The whole team has worked so hard to make this come to life we can’t thank everyone involved enough.”
You can catch these festive films at Southport Market:
Saturday 11th December:
11:30am – The Santa Clause
Sunday 12th December:
1pm – The Nutcracker & The Four Realms
4pm – The Polar Express
Saturday 18th December:
11:30am – Nativity
Sunday 19th December:
1pm – It’s A Wonderful Life
4pm – Elf
Monday 20th December:
7pm – Home Alone
Tuesday 21st December:
7pm – Elf
Wednesday 22nd December:
11am – Saving Santa
3pm – It’s A Wonderful Life
7pm – The Santa Clause
Thursday 23rd December:
11am – Arthur Christmas
3pm – The Man Who Invented Christmas
7pm – The Polar Express
Friday 24th December:
11am – The Snowman & The Snowdog
3pm – Dr Seuss The Grinch (Cartoon)
Monday 27th December:
11am – Nativity
3pm – How The Grinch Stole Christmas
7pm – Frozen
Tuesday 28th December:
11am – The Nightmare Before Christmas
3pm – Nativity 2
7pm – Arthur Christmas
Wednesday 29th December:
11am – A Christmas Story
3pm – Home Alone
7pm – Jingle All The Way
Thursday 30th December:
11am – A Christmas Carol
3pm – Frozen
7pm – Arthur Christmas
Christmas shoppers in Southport can also enjoy an array of fun this year elsewhere in Southport town centre with Southport BID creating a range of attractions including a Gingerbread Trail, a Digital Winter Wonderland, Santa’s Grotto, a Frozen Grotto, a Trail of Trees, and much more besides.
There are other festive treats too with pantomimes at The Atkinson and the Little Theatre, a Winter Light Trail at Victoria Park, Festive Makers Markets at Wayfarers Arcade and Christmas movies at Bijou Cinema.
More details of what’s on in Southport this November and December are available on the Southport BID website.