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The best Christmas Markets in Lancashire and the Lake District

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:52 23 November 2016

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


25th – 27th 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


26th -27th 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/


27th November - 4:00pm
Lloyd Blackpool BMW Christmas Market

Enjoy a fantastic range of over 30 stalls brought to you by local businesses, selling seasonal crafts, food and beautiful unique gifts. You can also visit Father Christmas, enjoy a special performance by the Fylde Concert Orchestra, meet Gold Medal Paralympic athlete Stephanie Slater and Rock FM breakfast show presenters Steve and Janine. We will also be helping the good work of Rock FM's Cash for Kids, acting as a drop off point for their Mission Christmas toy appeal.

Lloyd Blackpool Whitehills Business Park, Lytham St-Annes Way, Blackpool FY4 5PQ


1st 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


2nd – 3rd December
Huntley’s Christmas Markets

Join in the Christmassy fun this years annual Huntley’s Christmas market where you can explore the Christmas filled stalls, indulge in some late night Christmas shopping and even sample some delicious mulled wine and hot festive food. There will be also be a special Santa’s grotto for the children to enjoy.

Huntleys Country Stores, Whalley Road, Samlesbury, Preston, Lancashire. http://www.huntleys.co.uk/events/


3rd – 4th December
Christmas Meat & Drink Festival

Hoghton Tower will be hosting their first ever Christmas Meat & Drink Festival this festive season and it is sure to be your one stop shop for all things delicious and Christmassy. You will also be entertained by some spectacular live music as well as being able to sample some tempting ales and ciders in the Beer Tipi. It will also be the perfect opportunity to go last minute Christmas Tree shopping in the Tower’s fantastic surroundings.

Hoghton Tower, Preston, Lancashire.


4th December 11:00am - 4:00pm
Lloyd Colne BMW Christmas Market

You will be spoilt for choice with a fabulous range of festive stalls brought to you by local businesses. Relish in lots of festive food treats, beautiful hand-made gifts, gorgeous beauty related products as well as a special visit from Father Christmas, colourful fun with a face painter and live performances from the fantastic local boy band ‘The Switch’. We will also be supporting Pendleside Hospice in raising funds for their charity.

Lloyd Colne, Crown Way, Colne, Lancashire BB8 9NP


10th – 11th December
Windermere Ja German Christmas Markets

Windermere Ja is an exciting new German themed Christmas market coming 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/


10th December – 2nd 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


12th – 13th 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 – 18th December
Christmas Makers Markets, Preston

Preston’s first ever Christmas Maker’s Markets are hitting the city this December and provide the perfect opportunity to squeeze in some last minute Christmas shopping. Some of Preston’s best local artists and makers will be selling their unique work on the weekend before Christmas and there will be jewellery, art, crafts and even some furniture on sale.

The Harris Museum Art Gallery and Library, Preston, Lancashire. http://www.preston.gov.uk/yourservices/events/get-involved-with-events/christmas-makers-market-stall-booking-opportunitie/


17th - 18th December
Christmas at the Castle

Lancaster Castle opens its doors this Christmas for a spectacular Christmas fayre like no other. A range of stallholders will be offering a selection of homemade, local and regional products including art, crafts and gifts, so there will be plenty to browse.

Lancaster Castle, Castle Parade, Lancaster LA1 1YJ

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