the best christmas markets in Cumbria

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There are a wide range of Christmas markets to discover in Cumbria this year, read our post below and plan your festive break…


Blackwell Arts & Crafts House autumn crafts fair

When: 16th – 17th Nov

Blackwell Arts & Crafts House is hosting a fantastic crafts fair in a truly artistic surrounding. Wander the stalls and buy a one-of-a-kind gift for your special someone.

  • stalls to wander
  • gifts from the finest craft producers
  • festive treats in the Tea Room

Keswick victorian fayre

When: 1st Dec / Where: Keswick town / Times: 10:30am – 4pm

Make sure to wrap up warm at this outdoor event where you’ll see the most wonderful Victorian costumes while getting into the festive spirit.

  • 30 charity stalls
  • family festive entertainment
  • Santa and Mrs Claus will arrive in a reindeer-drawn sleigh
  • children’s funfair
  • live music and dance performances
  • a carol service

Santa express

When: December Weekends / Where: Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway / Limited availability, book now

Although this Christmas event isn’t a fair, it couldn’t be missed off the list as it is a huge hit with all ages every year. This is a very popular event and booking is essential not to miss out.

  • 1 and ½ hours of festive entertainment
  • Jump on board and join in with the panto
  • festive drinks await
  • carol singers
  • Santa will arrive in the next carriage
  • choose a gift from Santa

christmas celebration

When: 14th & 15th Dec / Where: Windermere / Times: 10am – 4pm

Now in its fourth year, the Christmas Celebration is one of the fastest growing and most popular markets in Winderemere, with fun activities and shopping.

  • over 50 stalls
  • fresh food produce
  • festive food and drink
  • local makers and creators
  • outdoor ice staking rink
  • snow cannons
  • live music
  • santa’s grotto

festive maze

When: 2nd Nov – 23rd Dec / Where: Hayes Garden World

Wander around the gardening centre for the perfect gift and picturesque Christmas decoration, then head into the spectacular Festive Maze for an adventure!

  • a popular annual attraction
  • festive lights to guide you
  • jingle bells and artificial snow
  • lots of interactive fun
  • journey past the polar bears and penguins snowball fight
  • marvel at the secret elf rooms
  • enter the wooden Santa’s Grotto
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