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Christmas in Preston 2018

Date Tuesday 06 November 2018 - Tuesday 25 December 2018
Time 9:00am - 10:00pm
Location Various Locations, Preston, PR1 2RL

Santa's hand grabbing a snowflake cookie next to a mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows.

Preston has all you need to get you into the Christmas spirit...

The festive season is upon us. Whether you're looking for Christmas events for adults, kids, or the whole family, there are plenty things going on for everyone in Preston city centre and further afield.

So, see what's on, pencil in the dates, and get ready for a holly jolly Christmas.

City centre events

It's never too early to start getting into the festive spirit. Discover a variety of Christmas events taking place within Preston city centre. You will also find a selection of free Christmas parking within the city centre, making it even easier to enjoy these events.

Preston Christmas Concert and Lights Switch On - Preston Flag Market

Saturday 24 November, 6pm-8pm

It's time for Preston to be lit up. Join the crowds and a fantastic line-up of performances before witnessing the big lights switch on.

For more details see Preston's Christmas Concert and Lights Switch On.

Christmas Wreath Making - The Harris

Monday 26 November, 1.30pm-4pm

Join Angela from Petal and Twig florists for a guided workshop in making large luxury Christmas wreaths. You will use the materials provided, including a variety of plants, natural decorations, and ribbons.

For more details and prices see Christmas Wreath Making.

Another Christmas Carol - Preston Guild Hall

Tuesday 4 December, 2.30pm-4.30pm

Enjoy a bite to eat, a glass of sherry, and a Christmas matinee. This one man show is the ideal festive treat, performed in the style of public performances during the 19th century.

For more details and prices see Another Christmas Carol.

Christmas at the Belvedere - Avenham Park

Saturday 8 December, 10.30am-3pm

Head to Avenham Park where you can enjoy a festive tractor ride, Christmassy crafts, and meet Father Christmas.

For more details see Christmas at the Belvedere.

Blues Harvest Holiday Special - The Continental

Saturday 22 December, 8pm-11pm

Combine your love of sci-fi with your love of Christmas and you have the Blues Harvest Holiday Special. Expect a top performance and special guests.

For more details and prices see Blues Harvest Holiday Special.

Events outside of the city centre

Preston is packed with Christmassy goings on all around. Surround yourself in festive food and celebrations, and don't forget to spot Santa!

Santa's Post Box - Brockholes

Saturday 10 November - Friday 30 November

Write your letter to Santa before heading off on a winter walk to Santa's post box. Make sure you find your secret North Pole stamp en route to ensure your letter makes it to Lapland.

For more details and prices see Santa's Post Box.

Christmas cruises - Barton Grange

Saturday 1 December - Sunday 23 December

Whether you're after something for the kids or an adults only night of festivities, there are a variety of Christmas cruises along the Lancaster Canal to get you in the festive mood. Meet Santa, enjoy some afternoon tea, or party to some Motown, the choice is yours.

For more details visit Kingfisher Cruise - Our Cruises.

St Catherine's Christmas Festival - St Catherine's Hospice

Saturday 1 December - Sunday 2 December

Immerse yourself in festive spirit with seasonal stalls, delicious food and drink, quality entertainment, and much more.

For more details see St Catherine's Christmas Festival.

Santa's Post Box - Brockholes

Saturday 1 December - Sunday 16 December

Write your letter to Santa before heading off on a winter walk to Santa's post box. Make sure you find your secret North Pole stamp en route to ensure your letter makes it to Lapland.

For more details and prices see Santa's Post Box.

Santa's Grotto - Brockholes

Saturday 1 December - Sunday 16 December

Meet Santa in his magical Christmas Grotto. Santa will be waiting with a gift and will be available for photographs.

For more details and prices see Santa's Grotto.

Breakfast with Santa - Brockholes

Saturday 1 December - Sunday 16 December

Experience a magical morning with Santa in Brockholes' restaurant. Kids can enjoy a cooked breakfast and a gift from Santa himself.

For more details and prices see Breakfast with Santa.

Santa Steam Special - Ribble Steam Railway

Saturday 1 December - Sunday 23 December

Experience light seasonal refreshments inside your steam-heated carriage, ready to be visited by Santa in your seat. This event is the perfect family get together for Christmas.

For more details and prices visit Ribble Steam Railway - Santa Steam Special.

Breakfast with Santa - Samlesbury Hall

Saturday 1 December - Monday 24 December

Both kids and grown-ups can enjoy a delicious breakfast in Samlesbury Hall's Wafflery. After breakfast it's time for a story and a sing-along, followed by meeting Santa himself.

For more details and prices see Breakfast with Santa at Samlesbury Hall.

Santa's family fun day - Guy's Thatched Hamlet

Sunday 2 December

Santa barges "Inn" to Guy's at Santa's family fun day.

For more details visit Guy's Thatched Hamlet - Santa's family fun day.

A magical meeting with Father Christmas - Hoghton Tower

Sunday 2 December - Sunday 23 December

Father Christmas will be waiting next to the roaring fire, ready to give you a gift and hear what you'd like on Christmas morning.

For more details and prices see A Magical Meeting with Father Christmas.

Christmas family crafts - Hoghton Tower

Sunday 2 December - Sunday 23 December

Bring the family for Christmas themed crafts, perfect to bring the family together over the festive period.

For more details see Christmas Family Crafts.

Wreath making - Brockholes

Saturday 8 December - Sunday 9 December

Join Brockholes for some Christmas wreath making. All the materials and equipment you need will be available, so you can make a stunning wreath out of natural materials.

For more details and prices see Wreath Making.

Christmas crafts - Brockholes

Saturday 15 December - Sunday 16 December

Make your own Christmas decorations as part of this festive event for all the family, no booking needed!

For more details see Christmas Crafts.

Waffles with Santa - Samlesbury Hall

Tuesday 18 December - Thursday 20 December

Enjoy a waffle from Samlesbury Hall's Wafflery, followed by a story, a sing-along, and meeting Santa himself.

For more details and prices see Waffles with Santa.

Christmas markets

Pick up some unique gifts from a variety of magical markets around the city.

Local Artisan Winter Fayre - Potters Barn

Friday 23 November, 6.30pm-9.30pm

Find unique Christmas presents from local artisans and enjoy mulled wine, ciders, and mince pies served all night.

For more details visit Facebook - Local Artisan Winter Fayre.

Crafty Vintage Festive Market - Applestore Cafe at Wyreside Park

Saturday 24 November - Sunday 25 November, 11am-5pm

Enjoy a weekend of merriment, with gifts, food, and live entertainment to get you in the festive mood.

For more details visit Facebook - Crafty Vintage at Wyreside Park.

Etsy Made Local Christmas Market - The Harris

Saturday 1 December - Sunday 2 December

Find the perfect gift with a variety of stalls showcasing the best in local crafts as well as fantastic Christmas pieces.

For more details see Etsy Made Local Preston Christmas Market 2018.

Garstang Victorian Christmas Festival - Garstang

Monday 10 December - Tuesday 11 December, 6pm-9pm

Truely immerse yourself in the festive spirit with live music, carol singers, street stalls, Santa's Grotto, food, and entertainment for the whole family.

For more details visit Garstang Victorian Christmas Festival.

Map addresses for Christmas in Preston 2018

  • Preston Flag Market, Cheapside, PR1 2PP.
  • The Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Market Square, Preston, PR1 2PP.
  • Preston Guild Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 1HT.
  • Avenham Park, Avenham & Miller Parks, South Meadow Lane, Preston, PR1 8JT.
  • The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston, PR1 8JP.
  • Brockholes, Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston, PR5 0AG.
  • St Catherine's Hospice, Lostock Hall, Lostock Lane, PR5 5XU.
  • Ribble Steam Railway, Chain Caul Road, Preston, PR2 2PD.
  • Samlesbury Hall, Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston, PR5 0UP.
  • Guy's Thatched Hamlet, St Michael's Road, Bilsborrow, Preston, PR3 0RS.
  • Hoghton Tower, Hoghton, Preston, PR5 0SH.
  • Potters Barn, Church Street, Ribchester, Preston, PR3 3YE.
  • Applestore Cafe, Wyreside Park, Snowhill Lane, Scorton, Preston, PR3 1BA.