Lake District Christmas Markets


1st November 2021

With just over seven weeks to go until Christmas, the festive season is almost upon us. The perfect excuse to take a look at some of the region’s Christmas Fairs and Markets.

Christmas markets may have originated in Germany, but they are now a firm fixture in the Lake District. What’s more, with delicious food to live entertainment, craft fairs to Father Christmas, there is something for all ages.

Below are a few of our favourites. Fingers crossed these will go ahead – please do check before making special plans.

Holker Winter Market: Friday 5 – Sunday 7 November

The Holker Winter Market is a great way to kick-start the festive season, to wander through a variety of stalls selling everything from quality food and drink to delightful artisan gifts. With bags of lively entertainment and plenty of hot food, not only is this a fantastic day out, but you could even get Christmas all wrapped-up in one go.

Gates open at 10am each day, closing at 4pm. Tickets are £5pp. Children under 16 go free.

Christmas in Cartmel: Friday 26 November

Christmas in Cartmel will be making a return this year, complete with festive market stalls, live music, delicious food and drink and Father Christmas and the beautiful black horses. The market will begin at 11am and continue on into the evening.

Ulverston Dickensian Christmas Festival: 27 November

The market town of Ulverston is transformed each year, winding back the clocks to the Dickensian era. This is a Christmas market like no other. Horse-drawn carriages, street food vendors, Dickensian costumes, a Victorian helter-skelter and live street entertainment. This really is a step back in time.

Hawkshead Christmas Fair: Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December

Why not head to the picturesque village of Hawkshead for a weekend of festive fun and Christmas cheer, when the cobbled streets play host to local crafts and produce, festive stalls, live music and plenty of food and drink.

Christmas Fair at Rydal Mount (Home of William Wordsworth): 11 and 12 December

Live music, mulled wine, mince pies, craft workshops. What a relaxing way to spend a day. And all in the surroundings of the former home of William Wordsworth. Tickets for Christmas at Rydal Mount are £12 for adults and £6 for children and include access to the house and all of the exhibits. There will also be a local trade stands selling a variety of festive goods, including local art, ceramics and jewellery.

Other markets worthy of a notable mention, but a little further from Birkdale House include the Keswick Victorian Fayre on Sunday 5 December; the Taste Cumbria Christmas Festival in Cockermouth on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 December; and the North Lakes Christmas Market which takes place on Sunday 14 November in Penrith.

If you’d like any further information, please do get in touch.