New Santa train, grotto and snow globe launches in Birmingham city centre

New Santa train, grotto and snow globe launches in Birmingham city centre

Christmas 2018 events for kids in and around Greater Manchester

Christmas markets are booming in popularity, and this year there’s a long list of places where Prestonians can get their fix of gifts, mince pies and mulled wine.

But forget the craziness of big city markets, in Preston the emphasis is on community events and local, independent producers.

This Winckley Square pop-up market will celebrate one month until Christmas with stalls, a festive DJ, Santa’s Magical Yurt and childrens rides. Entertainment will include fire shows and stilt walking.

Little Vegan’s answer to Black Friday, there will be hot dogs and mulled wine, plus hampers and gift wrapping at their city centre unit. All completely Vegan.

Held at the Parish Centre on Queensway in Penwortham, this event will feature a bottle tombola, turkey barms, a hog roast, cakes and stalls, plus the chance to visit Santa in his grotto.

Loads going on at Station Building, Berry Lane and Towneley Gardens including a market, food stalls, live music, donkey rides, the tree lights switch-on and an appearance from Santa Claus.

Family fun, featuring Santas grotto, a festive raffle, craft fun, cake and candy, gift stalls, carol singing, mulled wine, mince pies, and the chance to make your own Christmas mocktails.

A day showcasing Preston’s creatives at Vinyl Tap, with food, drinks and music. There will be a host of local artists exhibiting, plus readings throughout the day from authors and poets.

Etsy Made Local is taking over the Harris to showcase products from makers across Lancashire and beyond. Last year chocolatiers, florists, card and textile makers featured.

There will be plenty of local stallholders selling their wares at Brig’s first-ever Christmas Market.

An afternoon at the village hall featuring craft activities, stalls with locally hand-crafted gifts, and mulled wine. Kids can bring their letters to give to Santa, or write one on the day.

Lots of businesses are lined up at this Bamber Bridge play cafe’s event, many of which are local and offering bespoke gifts. Parents can shop at their leisure while the little ones play.

Festive tractor rides, Christmas crafts, plus the chance to meet Santa Claus and receive a gift all await at this event. The Friends of Avenham & Miller Parks will be selling hot drinks.

This is the first time Town House is hosting a Christmas Fair, and it’s suitable for all ages. A selection of local artists and craft makers will be selling Christmas gifts and decorations.

The first of five markets scheduled for the coming months, this event will feature local independent makers offering handcrafted printed gifts, photography, homewares and more, plus entertainment.

For £5, kids will receive a gift from Santa, plus there will be stalls, activities, colouring competitions and refreshments for them. Seeing Santa must be pre-booked. Autism-friendly sessions are available too.

This is the first year a pantomime has been included in the Centre’s festive weekend. Students from Prestons College will perform The Elf Who Saved Christmas. Its £3 or £10 per family of 4.

The final market of the year after October’s event, this event at the PPL will feature a range of natural, cruelty-free and ecological companies offering vegan food, drink, health, beauty and fashion goods.

Noah’s Ark Christmas Fair at St Ambrose’s Church Hall Leyland Sunday 9 December, 2pm – 5pm

This fair will offer hot food, a raffle, face painting, and the chance to meet Santa Claus. Well-behaved pets and donations of cat food are welcome. A pet blessing will take place in the Church at 2.30pm.

This annual fair returns for its sixth year. Featuring a selection of local arts, crafts, jewellery, cards, gifts, plants, clothing, decorations and more. It’s free entry, with tea and coffee available.

This family-friendly event will feature craft and gift stalls, Santa’s grotto, a children’s entertainer and face painting.

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THE festive season is drawing closer and there are Christmas attractions and activities aplenty across Sussex to get you in the spirit. JAMIE WALKER has whittled things down to a select list of 11 to ensure you have maximum fun – and a little shopping.

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