Christmas Markets and Fayres in Cumbria and the Lake District
Winter is here and Christmas is just around the corner.
So ,what better place to get into the festive spirit than with a trip to a market or fayre in the Lake District and Cumbria.
The snow-capped mountains provide a wonderful backdrop to the traditional towns and villages, where carols will be sung and the fragrance of local wares will fill the air.
The kids won’t be disappointed either, because there are plenty of chances to see Father Christmas.
If you’re not sure what to do in the Lake District and Cumbria in the run up to Christmas, here are some ideas to get your festivities into full swing.
Hawkshead Christmas Fair and Beer Festival– December 3 and 4
The picturesque village of Hawkshead provides a great backdrop to the Christmas festivities.
Not only will there be more than 50 indoor and outdoor seasonal craft and gift stalls, there will be a whole host of street entertainers and carol singing – to get you in the festive spirit.
At 4pm on Saturday, the streets will become a sea of light as the annual Lantern Procession gets underway.
And, who wouldn’t be tempted by a Winter Beer Festival too!.
Traditional Keswick Christmas Fayre – December 4
The pretty market town will buzz with live music and great street entertainment and ring with Christmas spirit. Santa will have his grotto in the lovely Market Place of Keswick too – making this traditional fayre a great family event for the start of the festive season.
Santa’s Magical Forest at the Rheged Centre – December 2-4
While his Reindeers rest, kids will love to see Santa and his elves and get a very special gift all the way from the North Pole.
There is a helter skelter too!
JA Windermere German Christmas Markets – December 10 and 11
This brand new German Market promises to get you feeling all festive – if you aren’t already!
If you’ve not started your Xmas shopping yet, this is the time to get cracking.
There will be a huge array of stalls selling seasonal gifts, from knitwear to soaps.
Orton Christmas Farmers’ Market – December 10
There will be a festive twist to the popular Orton market on December 10. There will be more than 30 stalls brimming with local produce at the Orton village hall and Market Square.
Cartmel Christmas Food Market – December 16
A special seasonal version of the popular food market featuring the finest food from right across the Lake District will be at Unsworth’s Yard in Cartmel.
Whether you stock-pile your own cupboards or buy as Christmas gifts, is up to you!
Father Christmas at Hayes Garden World – until Dec 23
Santa will be flying in and welcoming children to his grotto every Friday until December 23.
Made in Cumbria Christmas Farmers’ Market – December 23
The Kendal farmers’ market is the oldest known market in Cumbria, with Kendal’s market charter dating back to 1189.
And, the Christmas farmers’ market promises to be as vibrant as ever with a festive twist.
Here you’ll find local traders selling everything from fresh bread, local meats and Cumbrian wares.
It takes place at Kendal Market Place, Kendal, from 9:30am to 3:30pm.