Preston’s shopping centres are preparing to do battle for your Christmas cash.Advertisement
St George’s Shopping Centre has unveiled its Christmas winter wonderland grotto, will host carol singing and is offering free parking on late night shopping nights and on Sundays throughout December.
While at the Fishergate Shopping Centre it is free parking for two hours when you spend £40 or more in the run up to Christmas and including Christmas Eve.
The free parking follows the announcement from Preston City Council about free parking on certain days and times leading up to Christmas.
Santa himself is coming on Saturday 30 November to both of the shopping centres.
In the Fishergate centre he will be by Level Two in front of the glass lifts from 11am.
He will give away 100 golden tickets at random which gives the winners £5 off their Christmas shopping.
Keith Mitchell, Centre Manager, at Fishergate Shopping Centre, said: “We have never had such an exciting festive line-up and I know the whole centre is looking forward to a Christmas to remember.”
In St George’s the management have invested in a new grotto.
General Manager, Andrew Stringer commented: “We’ve listened to our customers and this year we aim to create a Christmas experience like no other by stripping out the modern additions and showcasing Christmas as it should be.
“We’ve invested in a brand new grotto to be placed in a more prominent area, a traditional decoration theme including an 8 meter tree in the rotunda and a variety of events to suit every age.
“Visitors can expect quality brands and independent stores with a festive atmosphere to match, without having to spend to keep the children entertained.”
The centre has partnered with Galloway’s Society for the Blind this Christmas.
Mr Stringer continued: “While our pop-up events are free of charge, we want people to dig deep and donate to Galloway’s, which does a great deal of work to support those living in Lancashire with visual impairment.”