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Christmas in Preston 2017

Date Saturday 25 November 2017 - Sunday 07 January 2018
Time 9:00am - 9:00pm
Location Preston City Centre, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2PP
Cost £Prices vary from Free to £35.00 check individual events for details

Christmas Bauble

Christmas is all wrapped up in Preston this year with a great line up of festive events and activities, late night shopping and parking plus lots of Christmas cheer.

If you are looking for that unique gift, fun for all the family or a night out with colleagues and friends, look no further than Preston city centre.

Highlights for the festive season include:

Preston Christmas Concert and Switch on:

Preston City Centre will be filled with Christmas cheer on Saturday 25th November as the annual Christmas concert and lights switch on takes place. 

Taking place on The Flag Market from 5:30 - 8:00pm. 

Includes an array of celebrities and special guests. Find out more of what's planned for the day.

Meet Father Christmas:

Santa Claus is very busy this Christmas, don't miss your chance to take your family to see him at one of his many stops...

Winter Wonderland at Winckley Square: Saturday 16th -  Sunday 17th November

Breakfast with Father Christmas at Dobbies: Saturday 18th November - Sunday 24th December 

Father Chrismas Grotto at Dobbies: Saturday 18th November -  Sunday 24th December 

Santa's Grotto at St Georges: Saturday 26th November - Sunday 24th December

Father Christmas at Preston Market: Saturday 2nd December - Saturday 16th December 

Santa's Grotto at Brockholes: Saturday 2nd December - Sunday 17th December 

Breakfast with Santa at Brockholes: Saturday 2nd December - Sunday 17th December

A magical meeting with Father Christmas at Hoghton Tower: Sunday 3rd December 

Tea with Santa at Avenham Park Pavillion: Saturday 9th -  Sunday 10th December 

Christmas Shopping:

From individual handmade stalls to the well-known high street retailers you are certain to find your perfect Christmas gifts at these shopping events.

Craft Christmas Market at The Trinity Methodist Church: Saturday 18th November 

Christmas Market and Concert at The Minster: Saturday 18th November 

Etsy Lancashire Makers Christmas Market at The Harris - Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December 

Crafty Vintage Christmas Markets at Brockholes - Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December 

Christmas Craftacular Fair at Hoghton Tower - Sunday 3rd December 

Late Night Shopping:

Visit St George's Shopping Centre page to find details of their opening times this Christmas.

Visit Fishergate Shopping Centre page to find details of their opening times this Christmas.

Most retailers tend to open until 8pm on Wednesdays in December, and some open until 8pm or later on the last few shopping days up to Christmas. 

Christmas Carol Concerts:

Mayor's Carols in the Chamber - Friday 8th December 

Preston Orpheus Choir presents 'A Festive Christmas' -  Saturday 9th December 

Winckley Square Christmas Concert: One Voice Community Choir -  Saturday 10th December

Lancashire Sings Christmas at Brockholes - Thursday 14th December 

Carol Service at Preston Minster - Thursday 14th December 

Carols at The Continental with St Stephens Choir - Sunday 17th December 

Childrens Christmas Craft Workshop at Avenham Park

Get into the spirit of Christmas surrounded by the wonderful Avenham Park. This craft workshop is perfect for your little ones to get inspired and create something magical for Christmas.

Santa may even make a special guest appearance!

Booking is essential, so don't miss out,

Christmas at Hoghton Tower

Hoghton Tower offers a wide range of events, speciailised tours and many exclusive festivities.

This Christmas season includes wreath making, a craft fair and a visit from Father Christmas himself. 

Find out more details and how to book. 

Christmas at Brockholes

Christmas is certainly in full swing at Brockholes this year with plenty of activites for all the family. A few of these include santas grotto and post box, markets, wreath making and an Xplorer challenge. 

Spread across November and December there is plenty of chance to get your family together and explore the great outdoors of Brockholes.

Find out further information, dates and prices

Aladdin Pantomine at Preston Guild Hall 

Thursday 7th December - Wednesday 3rd January 

As always the panto will be filled with lots of laughs, fantastic sets and spectacular costumes plus special effects.

For full show details and how to book, visit the Preston Guild Hall Panto website.

Need a pit stop?

If you're in need of a rest and refreshments while in the city centre, check out our Eat and Drink pages listing a variety of establishments to choose from.


There are usually a selection of complimentary parking in the City Centre over the Christmas period. For details of visit the city centre parking page.

There are other alternatives to driving into the city. There are the Park & Ride facilities at Walton-le-Dale and Portway, plus public transport from Preston Bus.

Google map addresses for shopping, parking and event locations in Preston city centre:

  • Preston Guild Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 1HT
  • Avenham and Miller Parks, South Meadow Lane, Preston, PR1 8JT
  • Ribble Steam Railway, Chain Caul Rd, Preston, PR2 2PD
  • Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Flag Market, Preston, PR1 2PP
  • Indoor Market, Earl Street, Preston, PR1 2JA
  • Market Hall car park, Tenterfield Street, Preston, PR1 2JD (access from Ringway in both directions)
  • Flag Market, City centre, Preston, PR1 2PP