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Snowflake Trail: Illumaphonium

  • Thu, 01 Dec 2016 - Tue, 03 Jan 2017
  • 12.00 PM - 5.00 PM

From Thu 1 Dec – Tue 3 Jan Liverpool city centre will be transformed into a festive spectacle by the return of the Snowflake Trail, the city’s very own winter festival that will capture the imagination of young and old alike.

Visit our courtyard to play the Illumaphonium, a dynamic interactive music-making sculpture by artist and inventor Michael Davis. Standing over three and half meters tall and consisting of over 200 illuminated chime bars, this enormous musical instrument responds to touch with ever-changing patterns of light and sound spreading out like waves over the surface; bringing people together into a fun and spontaneous-music making experience.

Make the story come alive on street with interactive illustrations across city centre shop fronts and the giant book in Williamson Square; simply download augmented reality app Aspect for free from your Apple or Android device from Thu 1 Dec.

Throughout the festivities marvel at the Church Street Christmas Tree, a beautiful natural Sytka Spruce decorated by hundreds of school children from 24 local schools. Each child has designed and decorated their own link in a giant illuminated paper chain that will adorn the tree.

To take part in the Snowflake Trail, pick up a trail map from Thu 1 Dec at participating retailers around the city centre and solve the simple clue for the chance to win incredible prizes.


Illumaphonium Playing Times:

1 Dec, 3 - 7pm
2 - 21 Dec, 3 -6pm
22 - 30 Dec, 2.30 - 4.30pm,
Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve, Closed
2 & 3 Jan, 2.30 - 4.30pm

The Snowflake Trail is brought to you by Liverpool BID Company and produced by Open Culture on behalf of businesses in the city centre.

The Snowflake Trail is part of One Magical City, an enchanting programme of festive events taking place across Liverpool, from its waterfront to the retail heart and historic areas. Discover more on

When is it on?
  • December 1, 2016, 10:00 am - January 3, 2017, 6:00 pm

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