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The best Christmas Markets in Lancashire and the Lake District

19:00 08 November 2015

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?

Preston Christmas market
The Flag Market in Preston is once again being transformed into a Winter Wonderland. Visit with the family and enjoy skating on the ice rink before browsing the festive and unique delights of the Lancashire Christmas Market. From handmade gifts to tasty treats you will find something for everyone.
November 19 – January 3
Flag Market, Preston, PR1 2PP

Manchester Christmas Market
One of the largest Christmas markets in the North West returns for another year. Spread across the city centre with over 300 exciting stalls offering hot food and drink, delicately crafted Yuletide gifts and much more. This year the Exchange square location will include a new two storey house dubbed ‘The Mill’ in keeping with Manchester’s industrial heritage, here you’ll find gourmet mulled wine in a range of homely flavours and a hum of vintage music easing you into the evening.
November 14– December 21
Albert Square, St Ann’s Square and Corn Exchange
Traditional German Markets, Ambleside
Hayes Garden World has brought together a medley of good cheer with lights, trees and wonderful Christmas decorations. Stalls will be offering traditional decorations, German inspired foods and entertainment. Santa will be on the scene on 14th November where children can meet him at the North Pole in his very own Igloo. 
November 7 – December 23
Hayes Garden World, Lake Rd, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0DW
Spirit of Christmas Festival at the Morecambe Festival Market
The Christmas Festival promises to be bigger than ever filled with stalls, live bands and choirs. Many stalls will have a traditional feel with a variety of antiques on site and scores of Christmas gifts suitable for all the family. The Coca-Cola truck will be visiting the market on Sunday November 29th 
November 28-29
Festival Market, Central Drive, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 4DW
Ulverston’s Dickensian Christmas Market and 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.
November 28 – 29
Throughout Ulverston
The Ultimate Christmas Fair
For the first time, the Exhibition Centre will be transformed into the perfect winter destination. Carefully selected unique and independent retailers will gather to present the best of fashion, beauty, accessories, decorations and many potential gift ideas. The Ultimate Christmas Fair promises to live up to its name, featuring live demonstrations, workshops and performances, so why not grab a glass of fizz at the champagne bar and prepare for a night of luxury. 
November 26 – 29
Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Kings Dock, Liverpool, L3 4FP
Crafty Vintage Floating Christmas Markets
More than 50 stalls featuring an eclectic mix of products including local and exotic food, vintage wares and crafts, music, magic and more. Enjoy artisan and street food served in the courtyards as well as plenty of entertainment from the Crafty Vintage Cabaret. 
December 4-6
Brockholes Nature Reserve, Samlesbury, 01772 872000

Rainford Christmas Fayre
A wonderful event with hundreds of visitors - run by community volunteers to raise funds for the village, artisan stalls and entertainments for all the family.
Rainford, December 5 11.00 - 3.00 

The Wellbeing Farm Christmas Fair and Handmade Market
The Wellbeing Farm brings an event that is sure to start your Christmas shopping in style. The fair will showcase a range of enviable Christmas food and drinks, homemade crafts, children’s games and activities. You can look forward to seasonal cookery demonstrations to give you great ideas for the dinner table. 
December 5
The Wellbeing Farm, Wheatsheaf Hill Farm, Plantation Road, Edgworth, Lancashire, BL70BY
Huntleys Christmas Market
Huntleys Christmas Market will be held over two days this year. Friday the 4th December from 3pm to 8pm for all your late night shopping needs. Then again on Saturday 5th December from 10am to 4pm.
There will be stalls, food, mulled wine, Santa’s Grotto  and merriment galore. And you never know… The main man himself may make an appearance.
December 4-5
Huntley Gate Farm, Whalley Road, Samlesbury, Lancashire, PR5 0UN
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. 
December 7-8
High Street, Garstang, Lancashire
Blackburn Christmas Market
A traditional Christmas market set in the heart of Blackburn. Traditional log cabins with a variety of festive food and drink, gifts and clothes help to create a cosy ambience ahead of the holidays. 
December 11-20
Church Street, Ainsworth Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 1JQ
Carlisle Christmas Fayre
Incorporating local and international stalls, the Carlisle Christmas Fayre lands in the city centre this December. Explore the Christmas decoration workshops, food and drink stalls and enjoyable performances by Pyjama Drama.   
December 12-13
Carlisle city centre
Christmas Farmers Market, Hoghton Tower
The magnificent Banqueting Hall will be the location of the last market of the year at Hoghton Tower. The beautifully decorated hall will serve as a backdrop to a host of festive farmer’s ingredients for the perfect Christmas dinner. 
December 20
Hoghton Tower, Hoghton, NR Preston, PR5 0SH
What Christmas Market will you be visiting this year? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet at @lancashirelife

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