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Christmas Concert & Switch On

Date Saturday 24th November

Location Flag Market

Timings 5.45pm - 8.00pm


Preston’s gearing up for a Christmas cracker which officially launches with the ever-popular Christmas Concert & Switch On, from 5.45pm on Saturday 24th November, on the Flag Market.

The event, sponsored by Preston’s Shankly Hotel, The Fishergate Shopping Centre and Preston’s College, will feature a packed programme of entertainment for all the family, featuring: Children’s TV favourite Andy Day (CBeebies, BAFTA Nominated; programmes include ‘Andy’s Wild Adventures’ and ‘Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures’), Corrie’s ‘David Platt’, actor, Jack P Shepherd, (almost two-decades on Coronation Street, crowned ‘Best Soap Actor’ at British Soap Awards 2018), the original lead singer/voice of Rose Royce Gwen Dickey (Car Wash, Wishing On A Star, If It’s Love You’re After), B*Witched’s Edele Lynch (C’est la vie, Rollercoaster, Blame It On The Weatherman), The Opera Guy, Charlotte Lilly from Preston/The X Factor, soul sensation Rene and the cast of Cinderella at Preston’s Guild Hall.

The event, which annually attracts thousands of people, is being arranged by Preston BID in partnership with the most listened to commercial radio station outside London, Smooth Radio North West.

Mark Whittle from Preston BID said: “The Christmas Concert and Switch On is a huge event in the city’s calendar, it’s always one of the busiest. Every year we are blown away by the sheer number of families who come to support and enjoy the event, which officially starts Christmas in Preston; this year’s event has a little something for everyone and is set to be a great evening”.

“We are delighted to be working on behalf of city centre organisations, and sponsors who fund this event, and would encourage Prestonians to shop locally over the festive period”.

Preston City Council are offering free parking in the Market Hall Car Park from 3.00pm on Saturday 24th November for the Christmas Concert & Lights Switch On.

In addition to free parking for the Switch On, there is free parking throughout the festive period:

Market Hall Car Park – Preston City Council
Saturday 24 November (Christmas Concert & Switch On) – from 3.00pm
Thursday 29 November from 5.00pm
Sunday 2 December from 3.00pm
Thursday 6 December from 5.00pm
Sunday 9 December from 3.00pm
Thursday 13 December from 5.00pm
Sunday 16 December from 3.00pm
Thursday 20 December from 5.00pm
Sunday 23 December from 3.00pm
Monday 24 December from 1.00pm

Lancashire County Council – Arthur Street Car
Park Every Saturday and Sunday from November 24th (Switch On) plus
Saturday 22nd December Wednesday 26th December – 8am – 10pm and Saturday 29th December – Tuesday 1st January 2019 – 8am – 10pm

University of Central Lancashire
Free parking from 6pm – 9pm Mon – Fri from 26th November to 21st December at Fylde 2 car park (PR1 2ED) Free parking on Saturdays until 7pm and Sundays until 6pm at Whitendale car park (PR1 7BG) Free parking at Victoria 2 car park (PR1 7AY), Saturdays until 7pm and Sundays until 6pm, Christmas Eve 24th December to 2nd January until 7pm (excluding Xmas Day)

The shopping centres are also to offer complimentary parking across the period with details to be announced shortly.


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