Discover your sparkle in Carlisle this Christmas

Carlisle will be transformed into the Christmas city as it gears up for the festive season.

The city centre will be adorned in lights and with new stores opening in The Lanes Shopping Centre along a range of events to take part in, Carlisle is the place to be this Christmas.


It’s a shoppers paradise because every Thursday from 22nd November stores in the city are open late into the evening.  A range of independent food and drink stalls can be found throughout The Lanes offering hot food, drinks and unique gifts for your loved ones this Christmas.  Stalls include Bruce and Luke’s doughnuts, Stonehouse Smokery, Tipsy Filly, Refunked, Grasmere Gingerbread, Wavygrain, Hawkeshead Relish and lots more.

Carlisle will stage a Christmas Market between the 30th November and 8 December.  The market will be held in wooden chalets nestled amongst the city’s Christmas lights. Here you will find locally produced foods and products where you can be sure to find the perfect Christmas gifts.

Throughout the festive period, Carlisle will play host to a variety of events and there really is something for everyone. Panto’s will be staged at the West Walls Theatre and Sands Centre, the Old Fire Stations’ Christmas programme features music and comedy while Carlisle Market Hall will hold its annual festive fun day on Saturday 14 December with entertainment, clowns and face painting.

The Old Fire Station and Half A String Theatre proudly present Under The Frozen Moon on 9th December. In this heart-warming tale, a fierce, courageous young girl sets out to confront the dragon who has hoarded all the fire and lights for himself. With lively poetry, transforming sets, exciting puppetry and atmospheric live music, ‘Under the Frozen Moon’ brings life to a beautiful world of ice and adventure.


Local band Hardwicke Circus are back in their hometown for a huge headline show at The Brickyard on Friday 20 December. Thanks to a loyal following this now annual gig is not to be missed.

Carlisle has everything you need to make Christmas magical.

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