Christmas markets in the Lake District and Cumbria

Christmas Markets and Fayres in Cumbria and the Lake District

Christmas markets in the Lake District

Christmas 2017 is the time for giving

Let’s take a look at which Christmas markets in the Lake District are the best and when and where they’re on so you can get planning.

From German Markets, fun fair festivities to traditional Victorian Fayres and indoor Christmas events, Christmas 2018 in the Lake District promises to be bigger than ever.

Hawskhead Christmas Fair & Beer Festival  – Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December 2017

This is a traditional family event with something for everybody. Jugglers, street theatre, lantern parade, live music and carol singing will entertain kids and parents will be happy with the Winter Beer Festival hosted by the local pubs. Over 50 stalls means you will actually be able to pick up some gifts too, as well as take in the wonderful festive atmosphere.

Blackwell Christmas Craft Fair – Saturday 2nd December 

This is a shoppers event for if you’re actually looking to browse and buy directly from some of the region’s finest craft producers. It’s all based inside, and so good if you’re wanting to stay indoors and keep warm.

There’s ceramics, textiles, scarves and blankets and wooden decorations to mention a few. There are festive activities throughout the day such as paper garland making, and the stalls are scattered across the house so this could be an event that all the family could enjoy, especially when little legs can enjoy the gardens too afterwards.

Keswick Victorian Fayre – Sunday 3rd December 

This is an outdoor event, so please wrap up well. And what an event it is. If you’re looking for family festive entertainment then this is the fayre for you. From Victorian costumes, a nativity scene, the arrival or Santa and Mrs Claus in a reindeer-drawn sleigh, a children’s fun fair, live music and dance performances drawn to a close with a carol service, this is a spectacle that will warm away any wintry chills.

The Mason’s Arms Christmas Market – Sunday 3rd December 

This is ideal for couples where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch and take in the delightful local craft stalls too. Hosted in the beer garden, this is a very small affair and would not be pleasurable with young children or a large group.


Enjoy a Victorian themed Christmas Fair at Keswick

Orton Farmer’s Market – Saturday 9th December 

Set in the remote north Cumbrian village of Orton near Penrith, this farmer’s market is very popular throughout the year and the 30 stalls on 9th December will be as popular as ever. Offering a wide variety of fresh local produce from seasonal veg and outdoor reared meats to artisan and award-winning pies, relishes and cakes, this is the perfect place to stock up whist on a self-catering holiday. Do wrap up warm as this is an outdoor market in an unsheltered location. Rheged Discovery Centre is not far away to warm up, plus there are a couple of pubs where you can enjoy an open fire and good pint.      

 Windermere Christmas Celebration – Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December

The entertainment budget has quadrupled this year for the eagerly-anticipated Windermere Christmas Celebration which promises snow cannons, Santa’s Grotto, live music and a record-number of local and national stallholders. You don’t need to be staying in Windermere to enjoy a hassle-free visit to this festive event because there is a shuttle bus provided for the event running from Windermere Lake Cruises Pier 1 in Bowness. You’ll find food, drink and craft with a festive theme across 60 stalls.

Visit our Bowness Cottages and Windermere Cottages for nearby accommodation for Windermere Christmas Celebration. But also look at Hawkshead, Coniston, Lakeside and Ambleside as you can catch the steamer and shuttle bus to enjoy this event car-free.

Cartmel Christmas Food Market – Friday 15th December 

For foodies, the south Lake District village of Cartmel is a blissful place to visit. On the third Friday in December, the monthly Farmer’s Market take a Christmas theme and includes stalls from local producers such as Furness Fish & Game, The Chilli Man, Deer n Dexter and Signature Soaps to name a few popular stalls.

Staying in one of our Cartmel Cottages, with famed chef Simon Rogan’s top restaurants in the village as well as Morcambe Bay views, is a Christmas treat itself!

German Style Christmas Market at Hayes Garden World, Ambleside – until 23rd December 

For many a Christmas market just wouldn’t be the same without a warming glass of Glühwein at a German style Christmas market. Head to the largest garden centre in Cumbria and as well as a spectacular display of festive lights and decorations there will be craft stallholders, music and street style food. Kids will be enchanted and there’s even the chance to visit Santa in his wooden grotto.

Ambleside is a bustling market town and we have a range of accomodation which you can browse here, Ambleside Cottages

Enjoy a winter warmer at Hayes Garden Centre German Style Christmas Market

Enjoy a winter warmer at Hayes Garden Centre German Style Christmas Market

Don’t forget to have a look at our Lakelovers Recommends page to find discounts and special rates for top Lake District attractions and dining options, including Rheged and Windermere Lake Cruises.

Advent is soon to be upon up and we look forward to enjoying the countdown with you.

Do get in touch with our customer service team on 015394 88855 or via Facebook or email if you need any further advice on Christmas bookings.

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