Visitors to Queens County Museum in Liverpool are being transposed once again into a magical storybook world of fairy-lit trees amid a Charles Dickens-themed Christmas.
The annual Festival of Trees and Dickensville kicked off at the museum on November 18 and runs through to December 23.
According to Linda Refuse, director at the museum, it took about two weeks for a decorating team of about half a dozen staff to put the displays together.
"There's 40 trees, big and small," she said.
She wasn't sure how many Christmas ornaments were involved, but chuckled and commented "a bucket load."
The Dickensville display in one of the rooms comes compliments of owner George Mitchell, who has lived in Liverpool for 75 years.
Up until two years ago, every Christmas Mitchell had erected the display in his office at home.
He was assisted in putting it together at the museum this year by Clarke Rafuse and Linda Molton.
Mitchell began collecting figurines of Dickensian buildings 20 years ago. He started off with one and soon was "hooked," adding two or three homes and buildings to his collection every year since, he told LighthouseNOW.
The museum display features 89 buildings, "plus all the trees and people and track and all that stuff," explained Mitchell.
His favorite one, he says, is The Old Curiosity Shop, which was the first building he bought.
But he likes the fact that all the collectibles feature a building or house in one of Dickens' novels.
"Every building has a story," said Mitchell.