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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2016-12-02

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Animated star of Kung-Fu Panda opens DreamWorks Lights at St George's Hall

The ruby coloured dragon from Shrek towers above The Dragon Warrior Tournament scene at DreamWorks Lights.

THE animated star of Kung-Fu Panda has officially opened Liverpool's seasonal spectacular DreamWorks Lights. Po the Panda was on hand to cut the ribbon and welcome people to the city's flagship Christmas event at St George's Hall.

Hundreds of ticketholders were waiting outside the hall to be amongst the first to experience the unforgettable lantern show, which includes the huge ruby coloured dragon from Shrek, 40ft long and suspended from the ceiling of the Great Hall.

At the Circus scene at DreamWorks Lights.

The event's centrepiece is 100 Chinese lantern versions of characters from the DreamWorks movies Shrek, Kung-Fu Panda and Madagascar and thousands are expected to visit over the next 2 months.

DreamWorks Lights is a first for the UK and part of 1 Magical City, a programme of festive activity which takes place right across Liverpool.

From l-r ALL LIT UP: Po the Panda; Allan Leech, Director, Heritage Brand Ventures; Cllr Wendy Simon, Assistant Mayor, Culture; Chris Brown, Director, Marketing Liverpool; Peter Johnson-Treherne, Director, Heritage Brand Ventures; Alan Smith, Manager, St George’s Hall.

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, said:- "Bringing this event to the cityC is a major coup for Liverpool and is sure to pave the way for more experiences of this stature."

Chris Brown, director of marketing, Marketing Liverpool said:- "DreamWorks Lights is a wonderful addition to this year's 1 Magical City offering and an unmissable experience for families to enjoy.  We hope that this magnificent attraction will encourage tourists and day visitors alike to sample everything Liverpool has to offer during the festive season."

Alan Smith, St George's Hall manager, said:- "There's been huge excitement over recent weeks and it's wonderful to see the lantern scenes in place and lit.  The attraction really is packed with breathtaking sights and the Grade I listed hall is the perfect setting for this unique seasonal family attraction. Visitors will also have the opportunity to get up close with their favourite characters through a special green screen photo experience."

DreamWorks Lights will be open daily, from 10am to 7pm, until 15 January 2017.  Tickets can be booked online and cost £10 for adults and £8 for children. There are concessions available for group bookings and wheelchair users.


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