Visitors to Cumbria will be spoiled for choice when it comes to dazzling days out in the lead up to Christmas. So why not get in the mood with our pick of the best Christmas Markets in Cumbria and book a beautiful cottage for a perfect pre-Christmas getaway.
Best Christmas Markets in Cumbria
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Holker Winter Market
When: Friday 5th - Sunday 7th November 2021; 10am - 4pm
Where: Holker Hall & Gardens, Cark, LA11 7PL; www.holker.co.uk
Entry: £3 per person, children free, free parking
Details: Holker Hall kick start the festive season with handmade artisan gifts and of course plenty of food and drink with lively entertainment. It’s the perfect day out for all the family. You can even bring your dog along to this lively three day Christmas market.
Where to stay nearby: Why not treat the family to a pre-Christmas break at one of our luxury Cumbria holiday cottages.
Keswick Victorian Fayre
When: Sunday 5th December 2021; 10.30am - 4pm
Where: Keswick Market Square and Packhorse Court, CA12 5JB; www.keswick.org
Details: One of the most popular Christmas markets in the Lake District, Keswick’s Victorian Fayre sees offers a great selection of 30+ charity stalls selling individual, handmade Christmas crafts, produce, festive food and drink. The market enjoys the unique addition of Victorian-style performers, live music and entertainment, as well as a children's funfair!
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Orton Christmas Farmers’ Market
When: Saturday 11th December 2021; 9am - 2pm
Where: The Old School Market Hall, Orton CA10 3RU
Details: Set in the remote north Cumbrian village of Orton near Penrith, this farmer’s market is very popular throughout the year. And the 30 stalls the second Saturday of the seasonal month will be as popular as ever. Offering a wide variety of fresh local produce from seasonal veg and outdoor reared meats to artisan and award-winning pies, relishes and cakes, this is the perfect place to stock up whilst on a self-catering holiday. Do wrap up warm as this is an outdoor market in an un-sheltered location. Rheged Discovery Centre is not far away to warm up. Plus there are a couple of pubs in the village where you can enjoy an open fire and a good pint.
Where to stay nearby: Why not treat the family to a relaxing short break at one of our cosy holiday cottages in Cumbria.
Ulverston Dickensian Festival
When: Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th November 2021
Where: Ulverston town centre; www.dickensianfestival.co.uk
Entry: Adults £3, under-16s free
Details: Take a trip down memory lane and experience Ulverston as if it were the 1800s with this fun-packed weekend-long Christmas market offering something for all the family. As well as a fabulous Christmas market, with lots of unusual gifts and festive food, enjoy a huge variety of free live entertainment, lots of music, dancing and a wonderful traditional fairground, complete with Helter Skelter.
Where to stay nearby: Our beautiful holiday cottages in Cumbria.
Hawkshead Christmas Fair and Beer Festival
When: Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th December 2021; 10am - 4pm
Where: Hawkshead Village Centre; www.facebook.com/hawksheadchristmasfair
Details: The small Lake District village of Hawkshead brims with festival cheer with 80 seasonal stalls selling seasonal food, crafts, and other gifts, as well as the village shops offering festive treats and shopping. There’s also a lantern parade (4pm on Saturday), street entertainers and live music. Santa is waiting in his grotto, whilst the four village pubs host a mini beer festival.
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Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair
When: Friday 3rd December; 4pm – 8pm, Saturday 4th December; 10am – 7pm & Sunday 5th December 2021; 10am – 5pm
Where: Market Square and Lunesdale Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale; kirkbylonsdale.info/christmas-fair-2021
Details: Discover the Chalet Village in Market Square this year where you can shop the chalets and browse the festive goodies. The Lunesdale Hall will host an indoor Christmas market on Saturday and Sunday where you can warm up and browse country crafts and produce.
Where to stay nearby: Make this wonderful experience complete with a stay at one of our Cumbria holiday cottages.
Christmas in Cartmel
When: Friday 26th November 2021; 11am - 10pm
Where: Cartmel Village Centre; www.facebook.com/christmasincartmel
Details: Christmas in Cartmel is a one-day Christmas market in the charming Medieval village which begins at 11am and continues on into the evening after the festive lights switch on. Famed for its racecourse, the beautiful black horses will be making an appearance again.
Where to stay nearby: Cosy up in one of our luxury holiday cottages in Cumbria.
Taste Cumbria Christmas Market
When: Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th December 2021
Where: Cockermouth Town Centre; www.facebook.com/TasteCumbriaFoodFestival
Details: Taste Cumbria is a gorgeous showcase of all that is brilliant about the county's food and drink. The flagship Taste Cumbria festival in Cockermouth during the last weekend of September attracts thousands of people and this December Taste Cumbria Christmas market has been created for all festive foodie fanatics! Pick up some delicious goods to accompany your traditional Christmas feast. Craft stalls offer a range of gifts, and there are fairground rides for children. A beer and fizz tent provides some winter warmth, and you will also find a number of hot food stands.
Where to stay nearby: Our Cumbria holiday cottages are perfect for getting your family excited for Christmas.