Huge market makes return to Preston city centre

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A huge festive market returns to Preston city centre this weekend.

The ever-popular Lancashire Market, which last year attracted 55,000 people, takes over the Flag Market and Birley Street on Saturday and Sunday.

The market, funded and organised by the city centre’s Business Improvement District (BID) is set to be the biggest one to date, with more than 100 traders confirmed, offering Lancashire produced food, drink, gift and crafts.

Mark Whittle, BID’s event manager, said: “A few places regionally offer continental markets at this time of year, but no one does what we do, that’s why it’s proved to be so popular.

“We take the best that Lancashire has to offer and promote that as far and wide as possible.”

He added: “Tens of thousands of people have visited the Lancashire Market since they began in 2010, proving there’s a healthy appetite for family friendly events that offer, quality, local produce”.

Patrons visiting the Market will have the chance to meet Santa, listen to carol singers, brass-bands and bell ringers.

Santa’s reindeers will also be at the Market from 5pm on Saturday evening, as the Christmas lights are lit.

Free parking is available on the Bus Station and Market car parks for those visiting ton Sunday. Visit