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Festive events and FREE parking

Published on 17 November 2016

Festive events and FREE parking

Visit Discover Carlisle for information about festive events.

Events include:

Late Night Shopping

Every Thursday between 17 November and Thursday 22 December

FREE parking after 3pm every Thursday between 17 November & 22 December in the following car parks: Bitts Park; Cecil Street; Civic Centre; Devonshire Walk; Lower Viaduct; Lowther Street; The Sands Centre; Town Dyke Orchard and Upper Viaduct.

Bands on the Bandstand

Carlisle city centre - Saturday 26 (Border Concert Band) and Sunday 27 November (Ritz) 11.30am - 3.30pm

Live music from local bands, all based on the city centre bandstand.

Carlisle Christmas Market

Carlisle city centre - Wednesday 30 November - Saturday 3 December (9am - 5pm) and Sunday 4 December (10am - 4pm)

A showcase for local producers. Get your festive gifts and support local businesses.

Northumberland Theatre Company presents: Little Red Riding Hood

Old Fire Station - Thursday 1 December 7pm (doors open 6.30pm) £10 (adult) and £5 (concessions)

Ideal seasonal entertainment for family audiences, with lots of music, chilling moments and plenty of laughs. NTC’s own special adaptation is a new combination of well loved, familiar and unfamiliar fairy tales: a collection of funny and scary stories including Little Red Riding Hood and The Wolf and The Fox. Tickets available for Carlisle Tourist Information Centre or online at (subject to a booking fee).

Carols at Christmas

Friends of Chances Park and Morton Community Centre's festive event - Friday 2 December, 6.30pm

The festive event will start at 6.30pm and will be held in Morton Manor Community Centre, off Wigton Road. BBC Radio Cumbria’s Val Armstrong will compere the evening event. Carlisle Musical Society and St Bede’s Primary School Choir will be performing accompanied by the St Stephen’s Silver Band. Following the carol service, mulled wine, mince pies and other festive fayre will be available. Free to attend, all welcome.

Oh Whistle And I'll Come To You

Old Fire Station - Sunday 4 December 7.30pm (doors open 7pm) £12 (adult) and £10 (concessions). Minimum age 12

A Christmas thriller not to be missed! Widely regarded as the father of the modern ghost story, M. R. James' eerie tale is re-imagined by David Rudkin, described by the Observer as 'Britain's greatest living dramatic poet' into this new Christmas chiller. This drama production marks David Rudkin’s 80th year and the 80th anniversary of the death of M.R. James. Tickets available for Carlisle Tourist Information Centre or online at (subject to a booking fee).

Christmas Carol Parade

St Cuthbert’s Church - Thursday 8 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, kindly sponsored by Market Place Europe. Tickets for the Hog Roast will available on the night of the event.

Carlisle Market Hall Festive Fun Day

Market Hall - Saturday 10 December, 11am and 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. Entertainment will be provided by Astral Circus, Mary the Faerie and Silly Gilly face-painters.

Christmas Remembrance Service

Crematorium Chapel - Saturday 10 December, 3pm

All proceeds to the Mayor’s Charity Fund. 

Christmas in the City

Carlisle city centre - Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December

Organised by Hope Carlisle, the event will be full of festive spirit.

CFM Christmas Fayre

Old Fire Station – Sunday 11 December, 9.30am - 4.30pm

Enjoy a day in the wonderful vintage setting of the Old Fire Station with a number of exhibitors from the local area in a festive extravaganza of quality and craftsmanship. The day will also combine local theatre entertainment, music and activities for children, including a special visit from Santa in his Grotto.

Santa, Snow and Sparkles

Carlisle city centre - Saturday 17 - Thursday 22 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 in a giant photo bauble, plus get your free photo to take home. Children can also meet Santa in our glittering grotto. Entry for the grotto is £4 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!

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