The best Christmas Markets in Lancashire and the Lake District

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:23 13 November 2018

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?

9th November – 22nd 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.


24th – 25th November

Crafty Vintage Festive Market

Wyresdale Park in Scorton will be brimming with gorgeous gifts, treats and eats from the finest collectors, creators and makers in the land!

Wyresdale Park, Snowhill Ln, Scorton, Preston PR3 1BA


22nd – 25th November

Christmas Makers Market

The Christmas Makers Market at Lowry Outlet MediaCityUK brings together some of the finest arts, crafts, food and drink producers across the North West. The plaza will be transformed into an enchanting traditional Christmas market offering a slice of seasonal shopping you won’t find on the high street.

There will also be a host of hot food stalls offering a great range of tasty treats and street entertainers will bring that bit of extra seasonal sparkle over the four days.

Lowry Outlet MediaCityUK, Salford


24th -25th 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.



Clitheroe Christmas Market

Returning for a second year, Clitheroe Christmas Market is a great place to explore with friends or family on each Saturday in December. Along with a number of local stalls selling Christmas gifts, decorations and festive food, there will also be a jam-packed programme of entertainment including local musicians and brass bands. On December 2, Clitheroe Chamber of Trade will also be holding its Christmas Festival with festive fun including Santa’s arrival on the train, a grotto, Christmas crafts and children’s activities.

Market Bullring, Station Road, Clitheroe, BB7 2JW 


8th - 9th December

Windermere Christmas Celebration

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.


8th - 9th December

Taste Cumbria Christmas Market

The festival weekend will include a giant producers’ market with 60 stalls, a hot food court with meals and snacks, and a bar packed with ales and fizz from Jennings brewery. There will also be plenty of family activities and festive entertainment, with a fairground and Christmassy arts and crafts.



9th December  

Croston Village Christmas Fair

Starting with Santa’s arrival at 1pm, this village Christmas fair also has a market and craft stalls, children’s fun fair, Santa’s Grotto and land train. Entertainment is provided by two local brass bands, a choir, magic shows and Stone the Crows Morris Dancers. There will be lots of food stalls including hog roast, mulled wine and vension burgers.

Croston Village, PR26 9RA 


9th December

Crafty Vintage : Festive Market at Holmes Mill

Holmes Mill festive marketplace will be brimming with gorgeous gifts, treats and eats from the finest collectors, creators and makers in the land!

Holmes Mill, Greenacre St, Clitheroe, BB7 1EB


10th – 11th 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.


15th – 16th December

Ramsbottom Christmas Market

This year there will be the usual street market on Bridge Street and Church Gardens, as well as an indoor craft market at the Civic Hall and a snow globe, mini train, fun truck and carol singing. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of crafts, food and drink, as well as the independent bars, restaurants and shops around the town.

Bridge Street, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 9AQ


16th December

Christmas Farmer's Market at Hoghton Tower

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.



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