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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

Bauble on Christmas tree.

Christmas is all wrapped up in Preston this year. If you're looking for that unique gift, fun for all the family or a night out with colleagues and friends, then look no further. There's a great line up of festive events and late night shopping, not to mention complimentary parking and, of course, lots of Christmas cheer.

Aladdin Pantomime - Preston Guild Hall

Thursday 7 December - Wednesday 3 January

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

For full details and how to book see Preston Guild Hall - Aladdin Pantomime.

Christmas Carol Concerts

There's a number of places offering to lift you in to the Christmas spirit with some traditional Christmas carols.

Thursday 14 December

Sunday 17 December

Meet Father Christmas

Don't miss your chance to catch Santa at one of his many stops.

Saturday 16 December - Sunday 17 December

Saturday 18 November - Sunday 24 December

Saturday 26 November - Sunday 24 December

Saturday 2 December - Saturday 16 December

Sunday 10 December - Sunday 23 December

Christmas Craft Markets

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

Sunday 17 December

Children's Christmas Craft Workshop - Avenham Park

Monday 18 December - Thursday 21 December

Get crafty this Christmas in the scenic Avenham Park. This craft workshop will inspire your little ones to create something magical for Christmas. Santa may even make a special guest appearance.

For more information see Children's Christmas Craft Workshop. Booking is essential so don't miss out.

Festive Events in Surrounding Areas

There are many wonderful Christmas events to busy yourselves with outside of Preston city centre.

Santa Magical Cruise - Hoghton

Sunday 17 December - Thursday 21 December

Hop on board a magical cruise for fun, singing and festivities then spot Santa on the canal side. Santa will be coming on board to meet and greet each child and chat about what they'd like for Christmas and receive a little gift.

For full details and how to book visit Santa Cruises.

Christmas at Hoghton Tower

Tuesday 5 December - Sunday 17 December

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

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

For full details visit Christmas at Hoghton Tower.

Christmas at Brockholes Nature Reserve

Saturday 2 December - Tuesday 19 December

Christmas is certainly in full swing at Brockholes this year with plenty of activities for the whole family.

Spread across November and December, there's lots of opportunities to bring the family together and explore the great outdoors of Brockholes.

For full details visit Christmas at Brockholes.

Where to Shop, Park & Grab a Bite to Eat this Christmas

Preston makes the perfect place to find your Christmas gifts and grab a warming drink or meal. And with complimentary parking over the Christmas period, there's no excuse not to.

Late Night Shopping

The majority of retailers open until 8pm on Wednesdays in December, with some staying open even longer on the last few shopping days before Christmas Day.

To find out Preston's shopping centre's opening times visit:

Eat and Drink

If you're in need of rest and refreshments in-between your Christmas shopping or events see Eat & Drink where you will find a variety of tempting choices.


There's a selection of complimentary parking in Preston city centre over the Christmas period. For details of where free parking is on offer visit Free City Centre Parking.

There's also a choice of alternative parking such as the Park & Ride and services from Preston Bus.

Map Addresses

  • Preston Guild Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 1HT.
  • Preston Town Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 2RL.
  • St Michael and All Angels Church, 2 Egerton Road, Preston, PR2 1AJ.
  • Winckley Square Gardens, Preston, PR1 3JJ.
  • Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston New Road, Preston, PR5 0AG.
  • St John Minster, Church Street, Preston, PR1 3BT.
  • The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston, PR1 8JP.
  • Dobbies Garden Centre, Blackpool Road, Clifton, PR4 0XL.
  • St George's Shopping Centre, 28 Friargate, Preston, PR1 2TU.
  • Preston Market, Earl Street, Preston, PR1 2JA.
  • The Harris Museum, Preston Flag Market, PR1 2PP.
  • Avenham and Miller Parks, South Meadow Lane, Preston, PR1 8JT.
  • Garstang High Street, Garstang, Preston, PR3 1EA.
  • Hoghton Tower, Hoghton, Preston, PR5 0SH. 
  • Fishergate Shopping Centre, Butler Street, Preston, PR1 8HJ.