Christmas in the Mall rained out

Heavy rain and storms forced the cancellation of Christmas in the Mall, but not before the lunch-time crowds grabbed a bite and a bargain while listening to music played by local performers.

Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller was disappointed she wasn’t able to share the annual lighting of the Christmas tree with the community.

“If it had only been a little bit of drizzle, we would have gone ahead,” she said.

“Unfortunately, it was much more than that and we had to call it off for the safety of all concerned.”

The decision to cancel the event was made at 3pm. Lunch-time crowds were still able to pick up some hand-made gifts, race matchbox cars with Garden Games and join the Summer Reading Club at the pop-up Library.

The artists organised by Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Youth played up and down the mall, giving the event a relaxed vibe, while many of the restaurateurs came out of their shop fronts and cooked in front of the crowd.

The lights on the giant tree in Macquarie Mall may not have officially been turned on, but they will twinkle in the evenings from now until Christmas.

“I’m sorry we weren’t able to celebrate with the community,” Mayor Waller said.

“I wish everyone in Liverpool a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”