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Lake District Festive Events

The Lake District transforms into a magical wonderland during the festive season. As winter blankets the region in a soft, glistening layer of frost, the charm of the Lake District becomes even more irresistible. From traditional Christmas markets to enchanting light displays, the region offers a plethora of festive events that captivate locals and visitors alike. 

Hawkshead Christmas Market (2nd-3rd December)

Kicking off the festive celebrations is the Hawkshead Christmas Market, a beloved annual event that brings the heart of this charming village to life. The market square transforms into a festive haven, with stalls showcasing handmade crafts, local produce, and unique gifts. The air is filled with the scent of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts, and the little ones can meet Santa Claus in his enchanting grotto.


Festive events Christmas markets

Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Market (30th Nov-3rd December)

The enchanting town of Kirkby Lonsdale hosts a Christmas celebration to captivate visitors with its festive spirit. The market square will play home to a magical Christmas market featuring a diverse array of stalls. From artisanal treats to handcrafted ornaments, the market is a treasure trove for those seeking unique gifts.


Grasmere Gingerbread

While not an event per se, no visit to the Lake District during the festive season is complete without a stop at the famous Grasmere Gingerbread. This historic establishment, known for its delectable gingerbread, takes on a special charm during winter. The aroma of freshly baked treats wafts through the air, enticing visitors to indulge in this sweet holiday tradition.


Grasmere Gingerbread

Christmas Lights in Ambleside

Ambleside, with its charming streets and stunning lake views, is transformed into a radiant spectacle during the festive season. The Christmas lights display illuminates the town, creating a magical atmosphere. Take a leisurely stroll along the streets, marveling at the twinkling lights and festive decorations that adorn the shops and houses. It’s a perfect way to embrace the holiday spirit in this idyllic setting.

Festive Church Services Coniston

The tradition of carol services during the festive season holds a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike. Churches across Cumbria come alive with the timeless melodies of classic carols. These services, steeped in tradition and community spirit, provide a serene escape from the winter chill. The flickering candlelight and resonant voices singing familiar tunes create a warm and inviting atmosphere, inviting everyone to join in the joyous celebration of Christmas. Find details of Carol services taking place at St. Andrews, Coniston throughout December. 


The Lake District’s festive events offer a perfect blend of traditional charm and modern celebrations. Whether you’re sipping mulled wine at a Christmas market, wandering through illuminated streets or singing carols in a candlelit church, the Lake District in winter is a truly enchanting experience. Embrace the magic, create lasting memories, and immerse yourself in the festive delights of this idyllic corner of England.

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