Friargate’s Festive Season Guide

By December 3, 2018Blog

If you’re in the Preston area over the next few months make sure you grab your coat and head to the city for some unmissable experiences. From markets to live shows there’s plenty of things to do this festive season in the Preston area.

Here are some of our top suggestions:

Markets and shopping

Festive Shopping Evening | Lime Bar Lounge


Come along for a spot of Christmas shopping from local businesses as well as some festive drinks and nibbles. This is located Penwortham, Preston

Christmas Craft and Food Fair | UCLan Students’ Union


As well as a great way to get in some Christmas shopping, this craft and food fair also has plenty of tasty snacks and drinks as well as a free winter wonderland event once all the shopping is over.

Etsy Lancashire Christmas Market | People’s Production Lab


Browse the stalls for some one-of-a-kind gifts and homeware before enjoying refreshments, street food, and Christmas entertainment.

Christmas Fair | Town House Coffee and Brew Bar


Find some great gifts and Christmas decorations created by local artists.

Live shows

Cinderella | Charter Theatre


It isn’t Christmas without a family pantomime and this year a magically festive performance of Cinderella is taking to the stage in Preston. Follow the iconic fairytale of rags to riches, with Jade Natalie taking the title-role and Phil Walker stepping into the shoes of Buttons.

Alladin | Worden Park

3 JANUARY 2019

ITS PANTOMIME TIME! Aladdin the traditional family pantomime, lots of fun, frolics and rhyme. Bring all the family for a fab, fun time! The Genie and the Magic Lamp, Aladdin is a hero and the champ. The Genie is set free after doing his best, book your tickets NOW if you wish to know the rest!


Head into Manchester for the UK’s best Christmas Markets!

A 40 minute direct train from Preston to Manchester to witness the cities award-winning Christmas Markets offering mouth-watering international food, drinks and delicately crafted Yuletide gifts in the heart of this buzzing city. The main hub is at the Town Hall but there are markets scattered throughout the city as well as ice skating rinks.

Santa cruises | Riley Green Marina


Raising funds for charity, these two festive boat trips are one hour long and include tea, coffee, mulled wine and mince pies for adults and sweets and soft drinks for children. For more information visit the Facebook page.

Christmas FestEVIL | Blackburn

14 DECEMBER 2018

Wreck the halls’ this Christmas season as Scare Kingdom Scream Park presents its annual Christmas FestEVIL event on December 14th and 15th 2018. Featuring 3 scare attraction experiences, Christmas FestEVIL is the ultimate alternative holiday treat for fearless families, thrill-seeking adrenaline junkies and courageous kids!

Staying in Manchester? Check out our guide to all things festive in central Manchester.

Friargate is perfectly situated between the UCLan campus and Preston’s city centre. Breaking new ground in luxury student accommodation in Preston with its décor and specification, step into the atmosphere of a boutique hotel and be reassured that you are in the best possible environment when studying away from home.

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