THE hugely popular late night shopping experience is returning to Ulverston this year just in time for the festive season.

Ulverston shoppers will be treated to later retail hours this December as traders gear up for the Christmas crowds.

More than 56 shops and eateries, including the Market Hall, will remain open until 8pm for eager shoppers to start their Christmas buying.

The late night shopping will take place for the next three consecutive Thursdays running up to December 5, 12 and 19.

Shoppers can even pick up a free cotton shopping bag to carry the gifts bought in the town.

The event, which is run by Ulverston BID, will see the streets transformed into a winter wonderland as Christmas Carols and live brass bands perform in the town centre.

There will also be a selection of mulled wine and mince pies on offer for shoppers to enjoy.

Ulverston town councillor, Mark Wilson, is 'pleased' the hugely popular late night shopping is making its annual return.

"I think late night shopping is a great idea which helps boost local business and trade within the town," Cllr Wilson said.

"It opens up new parts of the town at night and allows people to enjoy shops in the festive season."

Santa will also make an appearance in his festive bus where he will be taking orders on his Christmas list.

A spokesman from Ulverston BID said: "It was great to see the town sparkle again this year after the investment into the Christmas Lights and Hoad lighting working with the town council to make this happen.

"Many thanks to the businesses that support the BID that enables this to happen for the town so that business and community keep the town alive."