Christmas in the Lakes is a magical time of year and our villages start getting ready in November with some wonderful festive celebrations. This is a lovely way to get into the festive spirit, find some unique gifts, taste some delicious food and enjoy a Lake District Christmas break.
Every year on the second or third Saturday in November, the people of Ambleside parade through the town at dusk, carrying hundreds of paper lanterns. Young and old turn out to witness this spectacular procession, as traffic is halted and Christmas street lights throughout the town centre are switched on, as if by magic, by Santa Claus... This is followed by a fantastic firework display in the park.
When: November 17th 2018
Attracting thousands of people every year to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of a traditional market town in the Dickensian era, Ulverston puts on a tremendous show every year marking the start of the Christmas season, and bringing a little Christmas magic to both young and old. The historic market town is full of fantastic shops, great pubs and cafes, cobbled streets and the Dickensian Festival boasts a huge variety of free entertainment, free events for children, and fabulous Christmas market stalls with lots of unique gifts and festive food.
When: November 24 & 25th 2018
Penrith becomes a magical winter wonderland during Christmas in Penrith, celebrating the festive season for a month before the big day. Throughout the celebrations there will be a variety of events taking place, beginning with the Christmas lights switch-on. Look out for mischievous elves, Santa’s post boxes and beautifully dressed shop windows around the town. From November 24th-26th and December 1st-3rd, the Christmas Bazaar, with its traditional wooden chalets, will also come to Penrith.
When: From December 1st 2018
This is a wonderful weekend with over 50 indoor and outdoor seasonal craft and gift stalls, street entertainers – jugglers, stilt walkers, magicians, street theatre and of course Father Christmas. There is a lantern procession and carols in the square on the Saturday which really captures the magic of Christmas. Across the weekend the village centre also holds a beer festival, perfect for finding your new favourite drink.
When: December 1st & 2nd 2018
Held on the streets of Windermere, close to the shores of the enormous lake, this Christmas market celebrates all things local with a truly feel-good event. More than 40 stalls will showcase local produce and crafts, with several from Windermere or neighbouring Bowness, and there are also performances by local choirs and brass bands to enjoy.
When: December 8th-9th 2018
This year the World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-on-Windermere is hosting a very special event: a series of tea parties with Father Christmas. Meet Father Christmas in his sleigh and receive a special present, watch a Christmassy animation and enjoy a tasty lunch packed with bite-sized festive treats – all in the place home to the childhood magic of Peter Rabbit and friends.
When: December 20th-21st 2018
When it gets nearer the big day, come and join us for a picture-perfect Christmas in the heart of the Lake District. There is a good chance of snow on the high fells, and the certainty of mulled wine and roaring fires in the local pubs, perfect after a bracing walk. We will personally make sure your cottage is warm and cosy ready for your arrival and a Christmas tree is waiting to welcome you.
Get away this Christmas
Go walking in a winter wonderland this Christmas and discover these events and so much more with a getaway to one of our Christmas cottages. We've got cottages for all shapes and sizes set in stunning locations across the Lake District.