To quote one well-known festive tune, “It’s Christmas”… well, not quite. But with a little over seven weeks until the big day, the festive season has started, and with it the region’s Christmas Fairs and Markets.
Although they originated in Germany, Christmas fairs and markets are now a firm fixture in the Lake District, an opportunity to enjoy delicious food, live entertainment and to search for that perfect Christmas gift.
Below we’ve included a few of our favourites. However, please do check they are going ahead before making special plans.
Holker Winter Market: Friday 5 – Sunday 7 November
The Holker Winter Market is a great way to kick-start the festive season, to wander through a variety of stalls selling everything from quality food and drink to delightful artisan gifts. With bags of lively entertainment and plenty of hot food, not only is this a fantastic day out, but you could even get Christmas all wrapped-up in one go.
Gates open at 10am each day, closing at 4pm. Tickets are £5pp. Children under 16 go free.
Christmas in Cartmel: Friday 26 November
Christmas in Cartmel will be making a return this year, complete with festive market stalls, live music, delicious food and drink and Father Christmas and the beautiful black horses. The market will begin at 11am and continue on into the evening.
Ulverston Dickensian Christmas Festival: 27 November
The market town of Ulverston is transformed each year, winding back the clocks to the Dickensian era. This is a Christmas market like no other. Horse-drawn carriages, street food vendors, Dickensian costumes, a Victorian helter-skelter and live street entertainment. This really is a step back in time.
Hawkshead Christmas Fair: Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December
Why not head to the picturesque village of Hawkshead for a weekend of festive fun and Christmas cheer, when the cobbled streets play host to local crafts and produce, festive stalls, live music and plenty of food and drink.
Christmas Fair at Rydal Mount (Home of William Wordsworth): 11 and 12 December
Live music, mulled wine, mince pies, craft workshops. What a relaxing way to spend a day. And all in the surroundings of the former home of William Wordsworth. Tickets for Christmas at Rydal Mount are £12 for adults and £6 for children and include access to the house and all of the exhibits. There will also be a local trade stands selling a variety of festive goods, including local art, ceramics and jewellery.
We have also some Christmas Markets in North Lakes, perfect for guests staying in our Ullswater Cottages.
North Lakes Christmas Market – Penrith: Sunday 14 November
The event takes place at the North Lakes Hotel and Spa and where you’ll be able to explore over thirty local businesses providing everything you need to make Christmas extra special.
Keswick Victorian Fayre: Sunday 5 December
With live entertainment by local artists, bands, choirs and dancers, as well as over thirty charity stalls selling an array of homemade crafts and produce, the Keswick Victorian Fayre is a great opportunity for local charities to raise their profile as well as some much needed funds.
Taste Cumbria Christmas Festival – Cockermouth: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 December
Taste Cumbria showcases all that is amazing about the county’s food and drink. And in December, it will be given a festive twist.
The event will take place in the heart of the town, where there’ll be a packed producers’ market, a hot food court and plenty of live music, as well as family activities (including a fairground), and children’s arty workshops.
Free entry from 10am – 3pm.
If you’d like any further information, please do get in touch.