Get Festive in Carlisle

Get Festive in Carlisle

A free Christmas event is set to be staged in Carlisle later this month.

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Carlisle’s Festive Get Together will be held on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 December.

Organised by Carlisle City Council it’ll include a packed programme of live entertainment, local craft stalls and festive food and drink.

Staged in a marquee in Carlisle city centre, outside the Old Town Hall, the event will run from 12pm to 6pm each day.

The Makers March, a collection of artisans and craft people based along the Scottish borders, Cumbria, North Pennines and Northumberland, will be in attendance with stalls each day.

The Rolling Pub Co. will be providing a bar in the marquee.

Performers on Saturday 18 December include:

  • Salvation Army
  • Cartmell Shepherd Community Choir
  • Border Concert Band
  • Carlisle Community Choir
  • Cumberland Hotshots 

Performers on Sunday 19 December include:

  • The Afternoon Sessions
  • Marblmoon
  • The Postcard Band
  • Cosmic Cat
  • Daylight Rush
  • Kontiki Suite 

Please note the programme is subject to change. Visit for updates. 

Cllr Stephen Higgs, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Leisure said:

“The Carlisle Festive Get Together will help bring our community together to celebrate Christmas. It’s also a great showcase for local bands and local crafts people. The programme is being added to, please keep an eye on the Discover Carlisle website for updates.”

The festive Carlisle programme also includes:

Late Night Shopping: Every Thursday between 2 December and 23 December.

Carlisle City Council will be supporting the local high street by providing Free after 3pm parking on Late Night Thursdays.

Starting on Thursday 2 December, the free parking scheme will be available in the following Carlisle City Council car parks: Bitts Park, Caldew Riverside; Castle; Lowther Street; The Sands Centre; Swifts Bank, Viaduct and West Walls.

The offer will be available on the following Thursdays: 2, 9, 16 and 23 December.

The Free after 3pm scheme aims to support high street businesses in Carlisle by encouraging more visitors to park-up, stay local and shop local.

The car park barriers in Caldew Riverside, Castle and West Walls will close at 11pm on each Late Night Thursday.

If you are using West Walls Car Park check in/check out service on the Late Night Thursdays, ensure you check out by 3pm to take advantage of the free after 3pm offer.

Visit Santa at The Lanes

Visit Santa and his elves at The Lanes Grotto this year.

The grotto, in Centre Square is open every Saturday and Sunday from 27 November up to and including 19 December between 11am – 2.30pm.

This year the grotto will be raising funds for Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw Children’s Hospice. There is a recommended donation of £3 per child which will be donated in its entirety to these fantastic local charities.

Opening dates: Saturday 27 November; Sunday 28 November; Saturday 4 December; Sunday 5 December; Saturday 11 December; Sunday 12 December; Saturday 18 December and Sunday 19 December.

Carlisle Market Hall Festive Fun Day

Market Hall – Saturday 11 December, 11am – 3pm

Carlisle’s Victorian Covered Market Hall will be filled with Christmas cheer on when it stages its Festive Fun Day. Market Traders will be joining in the fun, wearing Christmas themed outfits and festive jumpers.

Santa and friends will be there alongside children’s entertainers.

Old Fire Station: Morgan & West’s Great Big Christmas Magic Show

Saturday 11 December

Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West crash into Christmas with a show full of fabulous family fun, festive frolics and fantastic facial furniture! The dynamic duo deals out a delightful dollop of deception, deftly delivered with a dash of derring-do. Awesomely alliterative acts of amazement await at the Old Fire Station in Carlisle! Fun for all the family in this utterly splendid (and totally silly) Christmas magic extravaganza!

For further information visit

Tullie House Christmas Family Fun Weekend

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 December: 11am – 4pm each day

The museum will be filled with Christmas cheer designed especially with our youngest visitors in mind.

Their woodland Santa’s grotto returns bigger and better than ever. This year you can visit Mr & Mrs Claus to hear how their Christmas preparations are coming along, tell them about yours and give them your Christmas lists.

They will also be making fantastic Christmas crafts, listening to Paddington’s Christmas stories, getting our faces painted and tracking down Santa’s elves on our special trail around the museum.

Santa’s grotto is £10 per child All other activities are free for children. General admission applies to accompanying adults.

Visit for more information.

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