The Liverpool Christmas markets are officially back in full swing.

Thousands of people gathered at St George's Plateau this weekend for the markets' return. Everywhere you look you're surrounded by delicious food from all over the world, warm mulled wine to wash it all down, and no shortage of stunning artisan craft stalls perfect for gifting this Christmas.

The markets would be nothing without the people behind them with many returning year after year to provide the goods to a new wave of customers.

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For some, this is their first big soiree in Liverpool but the notion remains the same: Liverpool's Christmas markets are a place of community and festive cheer.

This year has proven to be a big hit with traders already, with everyone in high spirits and excited to see what the next few weeks will bring.

Even if some are new and bumping shoulders with veterans, all of the traders unanimously agreed the atmosphere has been one of the highlights and a key part of why so many return.

Get to know the traders from this year's Christmas markets below.

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