The festive season is upon us and there are plenty of celebrations taking place across Cumbria and the Lake District! With craft fairs, delicious food, live entertainment, and those all-important visits from Father Christmas, the Christmas fairs and markets taking place across the region are sure to delight all ages!
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Read on for our guide to Christmas fairs and markets across Cumbria and the Lake District. For more events across the region, follow us on Twitter.
Lowther Christmas Market
The spectacular surrounds of Lowther Castle and Gardens are perfect for a Christmas Market, and this year's promises to be another brilliant one! Selling everything from felted animals to skincare products to local food, there'll be plenty to fit under the tree! In true Lowther Castle style, there will also be plenty of music and live entertainment throughout the weekend.
When: 22nd - 24th November 2019, 10am - 5pm.
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Penrith Christmas Market
With an emphasis on shopping local, Penrith Christmas Market takes place at the lovely North Lakes Hotel & Spa. As well as over 30 Christmas stalls selling everything from food and wine to homemade crafts, there will be carol singers and mince pies and hot chocolate being served. It's a great way to kick off the celebrations!
When: 24th November 2019, 10am - 3pm.
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Christmas in Cartmel
Cartmel will be welcoming Christmas in style with a jam-packed event that includes a craft market, live reindeer, and music from carol singers and a jazz band. Father Christmas will also be visiting, pulled on his sled by horses, and there will be a lantern parade and the Christmas light switch-on. Irini Tzortzoglou, winner of Masterchef, will also be making a guest appearance!
If you're a bit of a gourmet, you could add to your weekend with a visit to Carmel's Michelin starred restaurant, L'Enclume, or enjoy one of the many great restaurants and pubs in this foodie paradise!
When: 29th November 2019, 3pm - 8pm.
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Grasmere Christmas Art Market
The Heaton Cooper Gallery in Grasmere plays host to some of the best artists in Cumbria at this themed market. Why not treat yourself or a loved one to an early Christmas present with a piece of unique local art? Or, if you just want to browse, there will also be live music, seasonal food and brunch at nearby Mathilde's Café.
When: 29th November - 1st December 2019, 9am - 5pm.
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Penrith will be alight with jam jar lanterns and Christmas lights at this event! The shops will be joining in the festivities with a Christmas window display competition and festive offers and promotions available in store. The fun continues with a Santa's Sleigh provided by Penrith Mountain Rescue and live music from local bands and choirs.
When: 30th November 2019, 10am - 6pm.
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Workington Christmas Festival
This old steel town is now the bustling hub of West Cumbria and its Christmas Festival promises to be jam-packed fun for all the family. Alongside a market there will be live music from local groups, street entertainers, face painting, storytelling, and even a fun fair! All this fabulous entertainment will culminate with the Christmas light switch-on at 5pm.
When: 30th November 2019, 11am - 5pm.
Lamplugh Christmas Market
Lamplugh is a small village close to Loweswater on the edge of the Western Lake District. If you're looking for a more local festive experience, then the Christmas Market at Lamplugh Village Hall will be right up your street. Away from the bustling tourism of other parts of the Lakes, this market will host a great selection of artisan, bespoke, and handcrafted items. And it's all in aid of a good cause, raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust!
When: 30th November (10am - 4pm) - 1st December 2019 (11am - 4pm).
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Festive Fairfield Weekend
Fairfield Mill in Sedbergh holds lots of great crafty events throughout the year and their festive weekend promises to be another treat! You can look forward to exhibitions, craft demonstrations, Christmas craft activities and a Christmas treasure hunt, as well as an array of unique gifts to purchase.
When: 30th November - 1st December 2019, 10.30am - 4pm.
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Carlisle Christmas Market
Cumbria's capital city, Carlisle, will be home to a week-long Christmas market, giving you plenty of time to shop for all your gifts! The pedestrianised centre of the city will be decked out with wooden chalets selling all sorts of treats and gifts. A real winter wonderland awaits!
When: 30th November - 8th December 2019, times vary.
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Coniston Christmas Fayre
Local "makers and bakers" will be gathering for the Coniston Christmas Fayre to sell their traditional and festive wares! You can expect everything from knitwear to restored furniture and from crafted cards to seasonal baking. On the same day, the Riverdale Rejuvenation Celebration - honouring Coniston's miniature village - will be taking place, as well as the launch of The New Mechanics Seasonal Cook Book.
When: 4th December 2019, 3pm - 9pm.
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Hawkshead Christmas Fair
Hawkshead is picture-postcard pretty at any time of the year, but at Christmas it becomes extra special! The centre of the village is traffic-free and is a maze of cobbled streets and quirky buildings. These will be surrounded by festive fun for a full weekend during the fair and you can expect craft stalls, live music, local produce, and the popular Lantern Parade!
When: 7th - 8th December 2019, 10am - 5pm.
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Taste Cumbria: Cockermouth Christmas Market
The Taste Cumbria events are known for their incredible selection of local food and drink and the Christmas Market in Cockermouth is perhaps the best of the year! There will be dozens of stalls selling everything from cheese and gin to cured meats and sweet treats! If that's not enough for you, then Cockermouth is packed full of interesting independent shops and eateries. Shopping isn't all that's on offer either: there will be family fun in the form of a fairground and Christmas arts and crafts.
When: 7th - 8th December 2019, 10am - 6pm.
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Magical Christmas Market at Askham Hall
Celebrate the season in style at Askham Hall in the North East Lake District. The 12 acres of gardens will be full of the sound of live festive music as well as as crafts, giftware, food and drink. In the Medieval Hall "Party Barn" there will be even more entertainment including warming mince pies and mulled wine and Father Christmas's Grotto.
When: 8th December 2019, 11am - 4pm.
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There's plenty to be getting up to during your Lake District visit in November and December. If you haven't already, take a look at our holiday cottage search to book your own Christmassy cottage.
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