Festive Carlisle programme
Christmas Lights Switch-On
Carlisle city centre - Sunday 19 November, 2pm - 5.30pm
A packed family entertainment programme to suit all ages. The Christmas Lights Switch-On stage will be in place outside the Old Town Hall and will play host to a fabulous afternoon of free open-air entertainment. Join the countdown to Christmas and the festive lights switch on at 5pm.
Late Night Shopping
Every Thursday between 23 November and Thursday 21 December
A special offer is available for shoppers visiting Carlisle this festive season. Carlisle City Council is providing FREE parking after 3pm on the following Thursdays: 23 and 30 November & 7, 14 and 21 December in the following city centre car parks: Bitts Park; Caldew Riverside; Castle; Civic Centre; Lowther Street; Paddy’s Market; The Sands Centre; Viaduct and West Walls.
Carlisle Christmas Market
Carlisle city centre - Thursday 23 November - Sunday 3 December.
Around 20 stalls will make up the market each day. Trading will be between 9am - 5pm Monday - Wednesday; 9am - 7pm on Thursdays, 9am - 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays; and between 11am and 4pm on Sundays.
A showcase of local producers. Get your festive gifts and support local businesses.
Tullie House Late Night Shopping Club
Thursday 30 November, 7 and 14 December: 5pm - 7pm
Got some late-night Christmas shopping to do? Why not leave your little ones with the elves at Tullie House! They will have lots of fun Christmas activities, games and crafts to keep them entertained while you do your shopping uninterrupted. For 6 to 12 years old: £3.50 per child.
Carlisle Farmers’ Market
Carlisle city centre - Saturday 2 December
An all-day market showcasing local traders.
Carols at Christmas
Morton Community Centre's festive event - Friday 2 December, 6.30pm
The festive event will be held in Morton Manor Community Centre, off Wigton Road. Following the carol service, mulled wine and mince pies will be available. All welcome.
Carlisle Market Hall Festive Fun Day
Market Hall - Saturday 9 December, 11am - 3pm
Carlisle’s Victorian Covered Market Hall will be filled with Christmas cheer on when it stages its Festive Fun Day. Santa and friends will be there handing out chocolate treats.
Christmas Remembrance Service
Crematorium Chapel - Saturday 9 December, 3pm
All proceeds to the Mayor’s Charity Fund.
Tullie House White Christmas Weekend
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December: 11am - 4pm
Enjoy a White Christmas at Tullie House when they will be opening the doors to a whole weekend of festive fun! Activities include Santa’s Grotto, face painting, storytelling, Christmas trail, craft activities and real life artic animals including a snowy owl and Alaskan Malamute. Visit www.tulliehouse.co.uk for admission prices.
Christmas Carol Parade
St Cuthbert’s Church - Thursday 14 December, starting at 6.15pm
This popular event will also include carol singing in the city centre followed by a Hog Roast in the historic Tithe Barn. Tickets for the Hog Roast will available on the night of the event.
Carlisle Winter Wonderland and Santa’s Grotto
Carlisle city centre - Saturday 16 - Thursday 21 December
11am - 4pm (Saturday - Wednesday) and 11am - 8pm (Thursday)
Take a magical journey through our sparkling festive extravaganza. Our magical marquee, based in the city centre, will include woodland creatures and Santa’s little helpers. Get your photo taken on a ski lift, plus get your free photo to take home. Children can also meet Santa in our glittering grotto. Entry for the grotto is £5 per child and will include a special Christmas gift from Santa. Remember to bring your letter to Santa, to post in the special post box on the day! Buy your tickets from the Carlisle Tourist Information Centre.
Tullie House Christmas Holiday Crafts
Tuesday 19, Thursday 21 and Saturday 23 December: 1pm - 4pm
Get yourselves in the festive spirit with their Christmas craft drop-ins. They will be making a range of crafts to decorate your home this Christmas - prepare to be glittered! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Sessions are free to those families with an annual ticket.
For further information about festive events in Carlisle, visit www.discovercarlisle.co.uk