1) NEW FOR 2016 – Windermere Ja German Christmas Market
10th & 11th December
Windermere is hosting a brand new German Christmas Market with a wide range of festive stalls selling seasonal gifts from creative ceramics to handcrafted soaps. There will be delicious food and drinks offerings available all day, as well as live music and on street entertainment. The festivities will continue into the evening in the bars and pubs in the area so why not make a weekend of it and book accommodation in the area.
2) NEW FOR 2016 – Penrith Winter Festival Christmas Market
11 – 13 and 18 – 20 December
This traditional market in wooden chalets is the perfect opportunity to find unique Christmas treats and precious presents or to spoil yourself, helped along by a glass of mulled wine to really get you in to the festive mood.
3) Carlisle Christmas Fayre
3 & 4 December
Held in the heart of the historic city of Carlisle, underneath the formidable fortress of Carlisle Castle and on the door step of the world heritage site of Hadrian’s Wall, this annual event will boast an array of food and drink stalls by local producers as well as independent arts and crafts. Soak up the atmosphere at this festive event and stock up on Christmas essentials.
4) Yew Tree Barn, near Cartmel
2, 3 & 4 December 2016
Escape the cold and head into the warmth of the converted barn and heated marquee at this festive Christmas market where you can stock up on gifts from an array of stalls selling antiques, art, food and drink. Listen to live music and treat yourself to hot roasted chestnuts whilst enjoying the festive spirit. Explore nearby Cartmel, the ultimate foodie destination with the village being the home of the famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding a range of delightful independent artisan shops, a brewery and even a two Michelin star restaurant.
5) Taste Cumbria Christmas Festival, Cockermouth
This annual festive event will host some of Cumbria’s finest food producers. Sample mouth-watering hot food, hot chocolates and mulled wine whilst soaking up the seasonal warmth and cheer.
6) Askham Hall & Gardens
Askham’s newly refurbished medieval ‘banquet hall’ will be just one of the locations to come alive with the sights and sounds of a traditional Christmas market. Around 45 stalls will be taking residence selling an array of festive produce, crafts and giftware from local Cumbrian businesses and suppliers.
7) Holker Winter Market
5 & 6 November
Stock up on local Cumbrian produce and artisan gifts at the Winter Market at Holker Hall and Gardens. With over 50 stalls all showcasing the best produce on offer for the festive season, exquisite home decorations and perfect presents for all the family. There’s also live music and street entertainment along with children’s activities so there’s something to give everyone the festive feeling.