With Christmas nearly upon us again we are making an early New Year’s resolution and that is to slow things down, stop all the pre-Christmas rushing about and just enjoy the fun leading up to the big day. The Lake District has some fabulous events to help you relax into the festivities with lantern processions, lights switch on events and Christmas markets. Here are a few of our favourites, all just a short drive from us here in Ambleside.
Ambleside Christmas Lights Switch On – Saturday 18th November
One of our favourites, we might be slightly biased, but this is a Christmas celebration with a difference. Where else could you go on a boat cruise along Windermere Lake with Father Christmas? There then follows a spectacular lantern procession with Santa firmly back on dry land in his sleigh. Loads going on throughout the day including local entertainers, musicians, brass band, Christmas stalls and a grand finale of fireworks to end the celebrations.
Keswick Christmas Lights Switch On – Friday 24th November
Keswick is a lovely place to visit any time of the year and their Christmas lights event is the perfect excuse. Plenty of market stalls with delicious festive food, great gifts and entertainment in the Market Square before the big lights switch on at 7pm, including their local rock choir. Definitely one not to miss.
Hawkshead Christmas Fair – Saturday 2nd / Sunday 3rd December
What better way to enjoy the festive season than with a traditional Christmas fair. Hawkshead is a pretty village that puts on a great event amongst its picturesque alleys, squares and cobbled streets. Jugglers, stilt walkers, craft and gift stalls, locally made puddings and pickles and if that wasn’t enough there is also a Winter Beer Festival with a selection of 25 specially selected ales.
Jingle Bell Jog. Windermere – Sunday 17th December
Something a bit different to burn off all those mince pies you have eaten at the Christmas Fairs? Open to all ages and abilities you can run, jog, walk, jingle, push a pram or wheelchair as long as you are in festive fancy dress. A really fun way to get that Christmas spirit flowing, dress up as Santa, a Christmas pudding, maybe an elf or snowman and enjoy the views around the flat and scenic course along the shores of Lake Windermere.
Come and enjoy the countdown to Christmas with us, we have rooms available and are the ideal location for easily getting to all the events. Happy nearly Christmas!