LOTS of festive fun is in store today with a visit from the Grinch, read reindeers and a Santa Dash all bringing early Christmas cheer.

Today, Saturday, December 14, The Grinch and Shelf Elf will return to St Mary’s Market for more mischief – while children’s entertainment will be available through a puppet and magic show at 11am and noon, as well as balloon modelling from noon to 3pm.

Father Christmas and real reindeer will also return to Church Square on Saturday, December 14, where boys and girls can share any last-minute Christmas wishes between noon to 4pm.

And lastly, from 11am, hundreds of people are expected to take part in St Helens Sports Development’s Santa Dash in Victoria Park.

Parking on all council-run town centre car parks is now free on Saturdays until the end of January 2020.