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Festive Christmas in the Lake District 2018 – What’s On?

Festive Christmas in the Lake District 2018 – What’s On?

Christmas in the Lake District 2018 – Looking for Christmas events in the Lake District/Cumbria?  Looking to visit Santa, or a Christmas market in the Lake District?  See our list of fantastic Christmas events in the Lake District with kids.  Also have a look at our list of suggestions for great family hotels in the Lake District.

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway 2018

Santa Express 2018 – 24th November 2018 to 25th November 2018, 1st December 2018 to 2nd December 2018, 8th December 2018 to 9th December 2018, 15th December 2018 to 16th December 2018, 22nd December 2018 to 23rd December 2018

All aboard! Our favourite Santa Express is back! Enjoy a magical train journey and keep your eyes peeled for Santa! At Dalegarth meet Santa in his grotto and receive your own gift. 
Your ticket includes return train journey, gift for the children, 50% voucher for the 2019 season for adults, complimentary drink and a mince pie.  £21.50 per adult and child aged 1-11, £13.95 per child aged 12-15.  Dogs not permitted. Train times are 10:00am, 12:50pm or 3:40pm 

Christmas lunches are also available to book to make your day even more special. Lunch timeslots are specific for the train you are booked onto. If you are travelling on the 10:00am train lunch is after your return at 12:50pm, for the 12:50pm train lunch is before departure at 11:30am and for the 3:40pm train lunch is also before your departure at 2:30pm. 
£13.00 adult lunch, £7.00 child lunch.


Muncaster Castle, The Lake District 2018

This experience is available on Sunday 2nd, Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th, Saturday 22nd December 2018.

Come along for a festive Afternoon Tea in the run-up to Christmas this year! The ideal way to brighten those dark pre-Christmas days; meet by a roaring fire in the Great Hall decorated for Christmas for a warming glass of mulled wine or hot spiced apple. Then enjoy a special afternoon tea at your private table in one of the Castle’s elegant state rooms decked out in their festive finery.

Christmas Afternoon Tea comprises the mulled wine on arrival plus a seasonal selection of sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones with jam & cream, plus choice of tea or coffee and is served in the Castle at 2.15pm.  Also included in the price is general entry for the day to Muncaster’s Gardens and Hawk and Owl Centre (from 11am) with ‘Sky Hunters’ bird of prey display at 1.30pm. Make a day of it with a browse round the scenic woodlands and terraces (lovely in all seasons) and catch the display before heading to the Castle for tea. Tickets are £29.50 adults, £23 children.


Lowther Castle, Penrith, Cumbria 2018

Dates to be confirmed.  Lowther Castle is a beautiful and fairytale like place to visit, and I am sure it will be fabulous at Christmas.  See our review of Lowther Castle


The World of Beatrix Potter

December 15, 2018 1:00 pm
December 16, 2018 1:00 pm
December 20, 2018 1:00 pm
December 21, 2018 1:00 pm
December 22, 2018 1:00 pm

The World of Beatrix Potter are hosting a ‘Father Christmas Tea Party’ during the dates before Christmas.  You receive entry to the attraction, a party lunch, a meeting with Father Christmas with a gift for every child and a screening of the Tailor of Gloucester Christmassy film.

Ullswater ‘Steamers’

Festive Afternoon Tea with Inn on the Lake

From 12th November 2018 to 21st December 2018

Indulge in a delicious afternoon tea at Inn on the Lake and board the Steamer at a time to suit for a picturesque cruise on Lake Ullswater (weather permitting). 
Yuletide Afternoon Tea – a selection of finger sandwiches, savoury treat, two delicious cakes, homemade cherry scone with preserves, delectable biscuits, winter lemon posset and Christmas cake all served with tea of your choice or filter coffee & cruise the price is £27.25 per person. Call Inn on the Lake to book on 017684 82444.

Santa Cruise & Christmas Magic

Sunday, 16th December 2018

A festive treat and fun for all! Be entertained by Stu-Di-Doo’s fabulous Christmas magic show and meet Santa to hand over that all important letter. You never know you may receive a gift! 
Your ticket includes a 90 minute cruise, magic show, Christmas balloon, a gift for the children, return voucher for the adults and complimentary drink with a mince pie. 
The event departs from Glenridding at either 10:30am or 1:30pm. £16.00 per person. Dogs not permitted.

See our review of Ullswater ‘Steamers’ here.

Christmas Events Lake District

Lakeside and Haverthwaite

Train times are 10:30, 12:30 and 14:30 for each date.Saturday 1st December 2018
Sunday 2nd December 2018
Saturday 8th December 2018
Sunday 9th December 2018
Saturday 15th December 2018
Sunday 16th December 2018

Santa Specials Weekends

Join Father Christmas and his helpers on a magical family journey aboard our ‘Santa Express’. Presents for the children, festive treat and seasonal drink for the adults, with Carols and a good time for all.  Take the 1 ½ hr return journey between Haverthwaite & Lakeside, absorbing the festive spirit from all the colourful elves to experience a journey you’ll never forget!  The excitement builds as you sit in your decorated carriage, the doors close, and on the platform is a procession of elves and of course, Father Christmas, waving to all the children as they pass.

As carols play, adults are given a festive treat and seasonal drink. You are teased while you hear a ruckus from a neighboring carriage- he must be on his way! With a boom the carriage door opens and chief elf ‘JoJo’ enters, followed by more elves the ‘panto’ atmosphere is alive, after introductions there is carol singing, getting everyone on-board into the Christmas spirit. In all the excitement, a tall figure in red enters the carriage, watch the children’s faces ‘light-up’, it’s Father Christmas! With the help of his elves he visits every child, delivering a handpicked present.  Take this magical journey and create memories you’ll treasure for a lifetime.  (Please note: special fares apply)

Christmas in the Lake District 2018

Carlisle Christmas Market 2018

Still waiting for dates to be announced!

A showcase for local producers. Get your festive gifts and support local businesses.

Carlisle Winter Wonderland and Santa’s Grotto at Carlisle City Centre

Still waiting for dates to be announced!

Take a magical journey through our sparkling festive extravaganza! Children can also meet Santa in our glittering grotto.


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