Preston Gets Festive

Whether you’re doing your Christmas shopping, catching up with friends or going ‘Out Out’ Preston City Centre has all the festive cheer you’re looking for

Supporting the high street, Preston City Council has commissioned a series of ‘Christmas Enhancements’ to make visiting the city centre a little more special this year, working with partners to ensure there’s something extra every weekend during the festive period.

It all kicks off on Saturday 20th November with the much anticipated Christmas Lights Switch On event, brought to you by Preston BID and Smooth Radio North West, featuring a host of famous names to get us all in the festive mood.

On Saturday 27th November head to Winckley Square Gardens between 11am and 3pm for a magical event. Visitors will be able to meet and greet some of Father Christmas’ reindeer, have their face painted, and have photo opportunities with the iconic sleigh, as well as an interactive snow globe.

The reindeer and sleigh are back in Winckley Square Gardens the following weekend, Saturday 4th December, with the Salvation Army Band and the popular Record Fair, both at Preston Markets.

Returning to the Flag Market on Saturday 11th December is the ever-popular Preston Makers Market, plus bands from Salvation Army and St George the Martyr performing festive and traditional tunes at Preston Markets. Later that day, you don’t want to miss the ‘Bratwurst & Butter Pie’ late night shopping event hosted by independent businesses on Cannon Street, Winckley Street and Guildhall Street.

The next day join The Friends of Winckley Square for their Christmas Concert in the Gardens on Sunday 12th December, 3pm-5.30pm.

A Winter Wonderland is coming to Winckley Square Gardens on Saturday 18th December with merry fun, refreshments and activities for all the family to enjoy. You’ll meet familiar characters, be able to take part in Christmas adventures and of course, meet with Father Christmas himself. Over at Preston Markets, there will be more festive live music.

All in all, along with selected dates and times for free city centre parking, the festive offer in 2021 is about coming back to the high street and supporting your city centre, funded by ERDF and HM Government. Not forgetting you could just visit to see the gorgeous Christmas lights and much loved traditional nativity.



Tedd Walmsley

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