Christmas landed in Preston city centre on Saturday November 25th with reindeer, a concert, the Christmas lights switch on and free parking all offered.
Christmas Lights Success:
Santa’s reindeer made a flying visit to the Flag Market during the afternoon before The Christmas Concert & Switch On, organised by Preston BID & funded by city centre businesses, kicked off at 5.30pm.
Saturday’s event, staged with the region’s largest commercial radio station Smooth Radio North West, featured appearances from Soap Legend Steve McFadden, Union J, The Drifters’ Ray Lewis, CBeebies Katy Ashworth, BBC1’s ‘Let It Shine’ Star Kyle Passmore, Preston’s Panto Cast, The Ashes Opera Singer, Sean Ruane and SANTA!
The Switch On, sponsored by St George’s Shopping Centre, also featured an enhanced finale thanks to an investment from the city’s ‘Preston At Night’ Group.
The wintry showers failed to put people off as thosands flocked to and flooded the city centre for the extravaganza.
More Christmas events in Preston (2017)
Christmas magic will continue to sparkle across the city centre this December:
2nd & 3rd: a ‘Made Local Market’ in the Harris
6th onwards: Free guided tours of Winckley Square
6th: ‘Harris Live’ – inside the Harris Museum; 7pm
7th: ‘Aladdin’ – daily at the Guild Hall until 3/1/18
9th & 10th: Tea with Santa; Avenham Park’s Pavilion
10th: Christmas Carol Concert, Winckley Square
16th: Christmas Cracker event with Pop Cabaret stars; Roper Hall, 10pm (18+)
16th & 17th: Winter Wonderland on Winckley Square; all day
23rd: Tea with Santa; Avenham Park’s Pavilion
24th: BBC Radio Lancashire’s ‘Intimate Christmas’ from 2pm
25th: Church services in various locations, Santa here in the early hours and joy all over.
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Mark Whittle, from Preston BID told Podio: ‘Christmas is always a really good time of year in Preston, and this year will be no exception, there are plenty of activities for all the family. With a strong retail offer and a vibrant bar and restaurant scene – there’s an abundance of choice’.
Late night shopping in Preston.
Most city centre stores mirror the trading hours of the major shopping centres but should be checked individually prior to visiting.
St George’s: open until 7pm on December 19th and until 8pm on December 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd.
Fishergate: open until 7pm on December 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th & 23rd – and until 8pm on December 6th, 13th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st & 22nd.
If you work during the day but still have gifts to buy, Podio suggests you add a date or two from the above to your diary?
Andrew Stringer, centre manager at St George’s Shopping Centre, which is sponsoring the Christmas Concert & Lights Switch On, has told Podio: ‘Christmas is a magical time for all the family and Preston offers something for everyone – fantastic shops, both national multiples and independents, excellent nightlife and host of free events & activities to keep the children entertained.’
Free parking in the city centre:
LANCASHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL – ARTHUR STREET CAR PARK
8am-10pm: Every Saturday & Sunday in December
8am-10pm: 26th & 27th December
8am-10pm: 1st & 2nd January
PRESTON CITY COUNCIL – MARKET HALL CAR PARK
5pm-midnight: Thursday 7 December – Saturday 9 December
5pm-midnight: Sunday 10 December
5pm-midnight: Thursday 14 December – Saturday 16 December
5pm-midnight: Sunday 17 December
5pm-midnight: Thursday 21 December to Saturday 23 December
FISHERGATE SHOPPING CENTRE
From 5pm until the centre closes: December 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd
Information correct at time of publication, please double check with car parking operator on the day. For more information visit: Facebook.com/ChristmasPreston
The city’s Christmas lights will shine, nightly, until Tuesday 2nd January. Snap a photo of these, or any other element of our City’s Christmas activities, and submit to Podio for the chance to feature in next winter’s Christmas edition of our city centre magazine.