Lake District Christmas Lights

This weekend, Ambleside and Kendal Christmas lights switch on signalled the start of Christmas merriment in the Lake District. And what a Christmas 2018 is going to be!

We throw open our arms to Christmas light switch on’s throughout the rest of the Lake District. Which one will you be visiting ? A Dickensian Christmas in the South Lakes; a surprise visit from Peter Rabbit in Keswick and carol singing in the Lake’s oldest Priory in Cartmel.

Cartmel Christmas Extravaganza  – 6.45pm, 30th November

Warm your Christmas taste buds with the  Cartmel village lights switch on and late night shopping, hosted by award-winning Cartmel traders and the Angel Festival at Cartmel Priory.

If it’s the light switch on that you’re wanting to see, then head to Cartmel’s medieval village square for 6.45pm.

But, for us, Christmas in Cartmel starts in the village’s famous 800-year-old Priory. From 5pm, get into a truly festive spirit with mulled wine and mince pies in the special setting of the Priory, all beautifully dressed for Christmas. At 5.30pm, 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 at 6pm. Plus, Christmas market stallholders from Cartmel’s award-winning producers will be filling the village streets from 4pm.

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 – 7pm on 23rd November 2018

Celebrating 70-years of the NHS and a surprise guest appearance from Peter Rabbit, Keswick Christmas lights switch on is going to be a cheery one for all!

The pedestrianised market square of Keswick, in the north Lakes, is set to be a throng of merrymakers this coming weekend, with the nurseses of Keswick Cottage hospital turning the huge town centre light display on at 7pm, marking 70-years of the NHS.

For families with little people, earlier Christmas festivities starts at 4.45pm over in the quaint Packhorse Court – Keswick’s outdoor victorian shopping court. A local school choir starts the merriment and then Peter Rabbit arrives to the wonderment of children getting excited for Christmas. The lake District’s most famous bunny will turn the shopping court and Christmas tree lights on, before returning to his mischief making in Mr McGregor’s garden. We hope he leaves some carrots for santa’s reindeer!

  • If you’re staying the the Lake’s this weekend, don’t miss Lowther Christmas Market over the weekend of the 24th and 25th November 2018, with stalls, music and theatre in one of the most beautiful settings in the UK!


Ulverston – 4pm on 24th November

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Ulverston’s Dickensian Christmas Festival.

In the South Lakes, over the last weekend in November and just before advent starts, is the famous Ulverston Christmas lights switch on and Dickensian Festival, and 2018 is going to be the best year ever!

Ulverston, on the Lake District border and just outside of Windermere is former home of Stan Laurel, and this historical market town doesn’t hold back when it comes to entertaining. In fact, Ulverston is known locally as a ‘festival town’ owing to its busy annual events line-up, including the famous Dickensian Christmas Festival.

Take a trip back in time to a Victorian Christmas, during the town’s weekend-long Dickensian Christmas Festival. This year’s festivities are packed with entertainment for kids and adults alike, like fancy dress competitions, a Santa’s Grotto at the Laurel and Hardy Museum and a marquee where little ones can learn circus tricks.

The Christmas light countdown and turn on is at 4pm on the Saturday 24th November 2018.


Windermere – 4.30pm on 1st December 2018

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 4:30pm 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 at 6pm.

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.

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