Christmas in Preston


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With Christmas fast approaching, Preston has many upcoming events to help you celebrate the festivities in the city. From late night shopping for those last minute presents to ice skating in the town centre, there is something for everyone this Christmas.

St George’s shopping centre offer later closing times around the holiday season, enabling the people of Preston to shop late into the evening. Later closing times began on the 5th of November and will last until January.

The Christmas lights have now been switched on; lighting up the town centre in the evening until after Christmas has passed. The lights can be seen throughout the centre of Preston, especially around the Flag Market area.

The arrival of an ice rink in Preston has been titled “Winter Wonderland” this year. Wrap up warm, get your skates on and come down to enjoy the rink which will be available until January against the backdrop of the Harris museum. Adult tickets for a 45 minute session cost between £5 and £6 depending on when you choose to visit.

The Lancashire Christmas market is also now open, offering mulled wine and hot chocolate in the heated indoor ‘Merry Monk Tavern’. Log cabins selling local produce and Christmas gifts can be found inside, Tuesday through to Sunday from early afternoon until late.

A selection of fairground rides, including ice road truckers and a big wheel will keep Christmas going until January. Opening times of the rides match those of the ice rink and tokens are available from the Winter Wonderland box office.

If the child in you feels like visiting Santa this Christmas, you can do so right here in Preston. Visiting Santa’s Grotto is free on the upper floor of Preston’s indoor market. You can buy tickets from Preston City Council online.

The Coca Cola Truck
The Coca Cola Truck

And finally, in true spirit of Christmas in Great Britain, the iconic Coca-Cola Christmas truck pulled up last weekend at Preston’s Flag Market. Students and locals queued up to enjoy a free Coca-Cola and have their pictures taken with the famous truck.

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