Lake District Christmas Lights 2019

‘Deck the halls’ floating on the air and the smell of roasting chestnuts. Christingle Services, festive pantos and indulgent meals, there is so much to look forward to with the Christmas season approaching. And it is lights which make up such a lovely part of this special time of year. Whether it is the glow from an open fire or log burner, candles by the bathtub or wrapping up and heading out with loved ones to take in a spectacular village or market town Christmas light display, lights really make Christmas. Here we give you a round-up of the four Christmas light displays from ‘not to be missed’ parts of the Lake District. Over the Christmas season, the Lake District skies have very little light pollution and the night sky puts on a spectacular display and is also the very best backdrop for a truly memorable Christmas light display.

Christmas in Cartmel

Warm your Christmas taste buds with the Cartmel village lights switch on and late-night shopping, on Friday 29th November 2019 from 3 pm throughout Cartmel village. The village Christmas lights are switched on and the spectacular Cartmel Priory Festival is launched at 5 pm. There’s also live reindeer, Father Christmas driven in by the Black Horses, lantern parade, Flookburgh Band, Carol Singers and for the first time, Christmas craft stalls.

But, for us, Christmas in Cartmel starts in the village’s famous 800-year-old Priory. Get into a truly festive spirit with mulled wine and mince pies in the special setting of the Priory, all beautifully dressed for Christmas.

Christmas in Cartmel is in its third year this year, promising more than ever before

Families can join in or follow the children’s lantern procession from the Priory to the village square, where the show-stopping Black Horse Carriage arrives carrying non-other than Father Christmas followed by his merry reindeers. For grown-ups, there is a wonderful festive choir performance in the Priory. Plus, Christmas market stallholders from Cartmel’s award-winning producers will be filling the village streets from 3pm.

As you shop, the crisp winter air will be filled with the festive lull of brass band Christmas melodies, courtesy of Flookburgh Band and carol singers.





The villages other famous attraction, Cartmel Races are also spreading some Christmas cheer, with free parking from 4pm for this Christmas Extravaganza in Cartmel.

Keswick – 22nd November 2019

Following 2018’s surprise guest appearance from Peter Rabbit, we are excited to see what this year’s Christmas light switch-on has in store for us. A cheery, family-friendly event our elves tell us.

The pedestrianised market square of Keswick, in the north Lakes, is generally a throng of merrymakers, with the nurses of Keswick Cottage hospital turning the huge town centre light display last year marking the 70-year anniversary.

For families with little people, earlier Christmas festivities start around 5pm (time TBC) over in the quaint Packhorse Court – Keswick’s outdoor victorian shopping court, where music from a local school choir will fill the air.

If you’re staying the Lake’s this weekend, don’t miss Lowther Christmas Market over the weekend of the 22nd, 23rd and 24th November 2019, with stalls, music and theatre in one of the most beautiful settings in the UK!

A glass of something special at Inn on the Square before watching the Keswick Christmas lights switch on

Ulverston – 24th November 2019 

This Christmas light switch-on is as much about festivity as it is about the twinkling lights.  Ulverston is the Cumbrian home of festivals and their annual Dickensian Christmas Festival is one of the region’s real hidden gems. The wonderful costume festival takes centre stage over the 23rd and 24th of November 2019, and includes fancy dress competitions, a Santa’s Grotto and lots of family-friendly entertainment.

Dickensian Christmas Festival, Ulverston

Windermere – 30th November 2019 

Windermere Christmas lights switch-on is a festive parade, where you can join Santa and his helpers as they travel through Windermere turning Christmas street, shop and Christmas tree lights on as they go.

The Windermere & Bowness Christmas Parade starts at early evening on the first day of advent at Windermere Train Station. Get into the swing of this Christmas event with mulled wine and food stalls providing the festive backdrop to this fun family Christmas lights switch on.

Hosted by Smooth FM, the Windermere Christmas Lights countdown finishes in Queen’s Park Recreation Ground with a free firework display finale around 6pm (time TBC).

Founded in September 2015, Windermere Christmas fireworks are one of the top seasonal events in the Lake District

Fancy treating the family to see the Lake District Christmas lights? Book your luxury cottages with Lakelovers Gold and enjoy the winter festivities. Please contact our elves on 015394 88855 or to check November and December availability.