Visit the vibrant city of Preston this Christmas for what promises to be a fun-packed selection box of Yuletide delights. Alongside traditional Christmas Markets and Santa’s Grotto, you’ll find choir performances, creative craft activities, night-time fire installations and lots more. We think Preston is well worth a visit this Christmas. Read on for our top picks, best of all, they’re all completely free.
You’ll find choir performances, creative craft activities, night-time fire installations and lots more.
Jump headfirst into the Christmas spirit with the Christmas Choir Showcase at the Flag Market on Saturday 2 December. Over 100 singers from several different choirs will come together to perform all of your favourite carols and Christmas songs. Expect to hear from Lancashire-based choirs Women Rockin’ Harmony, Red Rosettes, Ribble Rousers, Intact Singers and Soundskills Songsters, boosted by the a capella community choir Bolton Belters. There’s nothing like a good Christmas repertoire to get you in the festive mood.
Following the Christmas Choir Showcase, why not discover the dazzling display of fire and light at Preston’s first-ever Fire Garden? Watch the city transform by night into a wondrous spectacle of fire. Feel the heat as Walk the Plank’s roaring fire sculptures turn Avenham and Miller Parks into a unique family-friendly spectacle of flames and heat. Audiences are encouraged to wander through or stand and watch – close enough to enjoy the warmth. With crackling embers, shimmering shapes and plumes of fire, this is a magical experience for all ages. Get wrapped up, head outdoors and experience something new with family and friends.
Get wrapped up, head outdoors and experience something new with family and friends.
On Saturday 9 December, a Christmas Makers Market will take over Friargate. Offering the perfect chance to pick up a unique Christmas gift or just treat yourself, you can expect to see a range of one-off handcrafted products from local artisans and makers. Sample a range of delicious local goodies, ranging from decadent cakes and handmade breads to the finest cheese and locally distilled gin. There’s also live music and plenty of places to put your feet up and grab a mulled wine when you’re done.
Winckley Square will be transformed into a winter wonderland on Sunday 10 December when the Winckley Christmas Concert resounds in the city once more. Join the St Stephen’s Choir as they lead in singing traditional Christmas carols around the Christmas tree. Plus, you can expect spectacular entertainment from an array of talented performers and musicians, including circus company Flame Oz and Kenny on bagpipes. Fill up on Christmas cheer as you warm up with a selection of food and drink from some wonderful local vendors.
Preston has got Christmas all wrapped up this year.
We can’t think of a better time of year to discover this Lancashire town. With plenty of fabulous gift ideas and a flurry of festive activity, Preston has got Christmas all wrapped up this year.