6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Lancashire Life today click here

The best Christmas Markets in Lancashire and the Lake District

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 November 2016 | UPDATED: 18:37 12 September 2017

Preston at Christmas - Photo courtesy of Preston City Council

Preston at Christmas - Photo courtesy of Preston City Council


With Christmas just around the corner, what better way to soak up the magic than at your local Christmas market?

10th November – 20th December

Manchester Christmas Markets

The Manchester Christmas Markets are arguably one of the most popular festive market destinations in the country, attracting visitors from across the UK year on year. They have become a popular leisure destination as well as a hub for some magical Christmas retail therapy. There will be nearly three hundred and fifty unique festooned stalls and chalets that will span throughout the city for you to explore offering a range of International and local produce and goods. The markets have a truly international twist, as you can fill up your bellies with traditional German Beer, Hungarian goulash, Spanish paella or a good old-fashioned traditional hog roast.

Albert Square, St Ann’s Square and Corn Exchange. www.manchestergov.uk/christmasmarkets


24th – 26th November

Lancaster Brewery Christmas Market

The festive Christmas Market returns to the Lancaster Brewery for another year, selling seasonal treats to fill up your stockings or to make for some last minute gifts for loved ones. There will of course be some delicious hot festive food, a special guest appearance from Santa and you will also be able to sample some of the famous Lancaster beer.

Lancaster Leisure Park, Wyresdale Rd, Lancaster LA1 3LA. http://www.lancasterbrewery.co.uk/Christmas-Market


25th -26th November

Ulverston Dickensian Christmas Festival

The Ulverston Dickensian Christmas Market and Festival returns once again bringing delightful host of events packed full of festivity. It attracts thousands of visitors to the traditional market town where they can soak up the atmosphere of a time gone by. Among a variety of events and entertainment, there will be costume competitions, horse drawn carriages and a Christmas market with unusual gifts and festive food.

Ulverston Town Centre, Ulverston, Lancashire. http://www.dickensianfestival.co.uk/


7th December

Whalley Pickwick Festival

The annual festive event is back for another year and will be bringing Christmas joy to Lancashire once again. This year, there will be entertainment from live pipe and brass bands, reindeers, Father Christmas and plenty of market stalls with lots of special Christmas treats including gifts and festive foods.

Whalley Village Centre, King Street, Whalley, Lancashire. https://sites.google.com/site/whalleypickwick/home


9th - 10th December

Windermere Christmas Markets

Windermere's German themed Christmas market returns to the Lake District this festive season. The two day extravaganza will have a huge range of unique stalls selling some seasonal gifts that will make for perfect Christmas presents. Delicious food and drink will also be on offer as well as exciting street entertainment and even a special visit from Santa and his reindeers. The festive celebrations will be continuing into the night in some of Windermere’s brilliant bars and restaurants.

Victoria Street, Windermere, Cumbria. http://windermere-ja.co.uk/


9th December – 1st January

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland is the perfect place for the whole family to visit as there is something for everyone. There will be an abundance of exciting activities to get involved in, including Christmas themed rides and attractions such as classic bumper cars and a carousel. Across the event there will also be a selection of spectacular family friendly shows including a breathtaking Christmas Circus and the best-loved Basil Brush Show.  Tasty offerings will also be available from a wide range of food and drinks stalls.

Winter Wonderland Manchester, Event City, Manchester. http://www.winterwonderlandmanchester.com/index.php


11th – 12th December

Garstang Victorian Christmas Festival

Garstang is historically a market town with a rich history and the home of the Victorian Christmas festival. The town will be transformed into a decorated display where you will find live bands, singers, stilt walkers, Punch and Judy and so much more. Santa will be making an appearance, so don’t forget to visit him in his grotto on High Street. 

High Street, Garstang, Lancashire. http://www.garstangchristmas.co.uk/info.html


17th December

Christmas Farmer's Market

The Great Barn at Hoghton Tower will host the  ‘Merchant of Hoghton’, a celebration of fresh local produce. Local producers will be joined by are joined by bakers, confectioners and crafts stalls.

10am- 2pm £1 per car, 50p for pedestrians.

Hoghton Tower, Preston, Lancashire.




Related articles

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Subscribe or buy a mag today

Lancashire Life Application Link

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Local Business Directory

Lancashire's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search