The holly, the ivy, the lights and the trees; these are all the sights that'll have you counting down the days to the 25th..
The tree is up outside the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, and the Flag Market is looking splendid (Pic: Sonia Bashir) One of the brightest Christmas trees you'll ever see is up at Preston train station Santa has already appeared outside the Golden Cross Hotel on Lancaster Road The mannequins in Ann Summers are [just about] wearing some festive outfits The Christmas jumpers are up for sale in Preston Market Every year, Margret Mason's shop windows are things of great beauty, and this year is certainly no exception The nativity scene has arrived at the corner of the Flag Market The pantomime starts at the Preston Guild Hall, this year it's Cinderella Preston's first indoor shopping centre, the Miller arcade is looking even more resplendent than usual. Constructed in 1899 this architectural gem still remains a draw Winckley Square is looking magical. The square was first established in 1801, around Town End Field owned by Thomas Winckley, as a residential area for the town's gentry (Pic: Sonia Bashir) The Tippings family in Cottam have gone to town with their annual display of house lights Oh buoy, even the boats at the docks are joining in, and the light reflects beautifully It's local, and it's luscious. The Booths Christmas book is on the shelves, and it's full of mouth-watering photographs of the most delicious looking festive fayre Everyone's made an effort, and the shop windows are bedecked with lights and tinsel The hats are out, and the staff of Roast on Orchard Street are in party mood. The food's great too Spruce-up your front door with a Christmas wreath from Preston Market The long awaited Festive Bake is out, and there's a queue on at Greggs in Fishergate. Mind though, they're Ho Ho Hot.. UCLan staff are out and about recruiting extras for their Christmas film. Here are Daniel Walker and Katrina Taylor in the Flag Market Celebrities have been and gone, leaving a pretty shade of blue across the city. Stand at either end of Fishergate and marvel at the scene during late night shopping Commuters get some Christmas cheer too, and the stone figures on the Bluebell Way roundabout get dressed up for the season. Who does it? Nobody knows, but we all love it.