Preston traders have joined forces to produce a Christmas guide listing all the city's festive activities, along with details of late night shopping and free parking.
The Christmas in Preston guide also includes information on the Christmas light celebrity switch on and the Cinderella panto at the Guild Hall.
The guide is available in city centre shops, as well as the Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall, Harris Museum, Preston Market, St George’s and Fishergate shopping centres and Preston railway station.
Cabinet member for leisure and culture, Councillor Tom Burns, said: “Christmas is a magical time, and this year Preston has more to offer than ever before.
“The Winter Wonderland ice rink and log cabins serving food and drink are a fantastic draw to the city centre, and a great way to end a day of Christmas shopping and visiting Santa with the family.
“Traditions such as the annual pantomime mix with relatively new experiences of Tea with Santa, to create a wonderful atmosphere in Preston this Christmas.”
Organisers of the annual Liverpool Santa Dash are hoping to find 10,000 runners for this year's event.
It's hoped the city can reclaim the World Santa Dash Trophy from Las Vegas.
The fun run will be held on December 1.
Race Director Alan Rothwell said: "2013 is a special year for the Santa Dash as we will be holding the 5K Fun Run for the 10th time.
"The big target for Liverpool is to win back the World Santa Challenge from Las Vegas who have beaten us in 2011 and 2012.
"We don't want to settle for the title of the UK biggest Festive Fun Run - we want to be the biggest in the world, so watch out Vegas we're after that title! 10,000 in the 10th event has a good ring to it."
As many people are now starting to do their Christmas shopping, GMP is raising awareness of vehicle security. Car crime has falled by 17% across Greater Manchester in the last 10 years. But there were still 1,598 incidents last December.
Police are also urging motorists to register valuables at www.immobilise.com and to security mark them with their postcode and house number or vehicle registration number.
Click the video to get the latest advice from GMP Crime Reduction Specialist Darron Tickle.