This year Preston city centre will again be transformed into a brightly lit Christmas wonderland. More shopping streets than ever will be illuminated following the lights switch on on 15th November starting from 5.30 p.m. with music from Smooth radio and appearances from a variety of household celebrities. Late night shopping will take place on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from December with free parking on many town centre car parks from 4 p.m. From Saturday 13th there will also be a Winter Wonderland running on the flag market with an Alpine bar, ice rink and up to 60 stalls in a chalet style Christmas market. The town centre is well represented by all the large high street names and many side streets contain unique smaller shops to supply that something a little bit different. Combine the Christmas shopping with a weekend away and the opportunities to sample local produce in some excellent quality restaurants. Give us a ring to check availability and tips for the best places to visit.