This weekend St George’s Hall will be transformed into a treasure trove of beautiful creations as the Winter Arts Market returns. Over 200 local artists, designers and makers descend on the Grade I listed venue to offer the public a truly unique Christmas shopping experience. Visitors can pick up everything from handmade jewellery, paintings, textiles, photography and homeware to greeting cards, screen prints and beauty products.

KECS Creative will also be making an appearance at the market on both days with Craft Lab – a workshop full of crafty Christmas fun for everyone. Build your own Jolly Jumping Jack – a traditional toy – from recycled cardboard in a number of seasonal designs for just £3 each.

Cuthbert’s Café will be in the North Entrance on both days serving a range of delicious festive food and drink. Shoppers can look out over historic William Brown Street while enjoying homemade breakfasts, sandwiches and soups, Scouse and a delicious range of cakes and sweet treats, with plenty of options for vegetarians too.

Crown Court Concerts showcase live music all weekend co-ordinated by local producers Mellowtone. Performances will run on both days and artists will include the Liverpool Ukulele Orchestra, Silent Sleep, Liverpool Shanty Kings and pop-up performances from the Liverpool Chamber Choir.

The Winter Arts Market has been operated by local community interest company Open Culture, working in partnership with St George’s Hall, since 2009 and has grown to be Merseyside’s largest arts and crafts market.

Christina Grogan, Open Culture Director said: We’re really excited about inviting the public to once again explore the magnificent St George’s Hall which will be packed full of handmade and locally designed creations. It’s a great opportunity to support local independents whilst enjoying a festive event with a lovely atmosphere for all ages. As usual we’ll have a few surprises and pop up performances along with the craft workshops, café and concerts in the Crown Court.

It is always amazing to see so much incredible work brought together in such a beautiful space and we’re proud to invite the public to buy work directly from their creators.”

Exhibitor and local product designer David Roberts said: “I think it’s important to give independent artists the opportunity to show what they can do, and what better setting to show Liverpool’s independent talent than with the Winter Arts Market in quite possibly Liverpool’s finest public building.”

For more details and a preview of some of the exhibitors visit www.liverpoolartsmarket.com