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Christmas lights switch-on: Here’s the complete list for our area.


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Brampton Light Switch On

25 November

Brampton Parish Council will host this years Christmas light Switch on.  Running from 3 until 6 the stage will host a variety of acts to keep the crowd entertained.  Cheeky Charlie, Brampton school choir and Nikky will treat everyone to some wonderful tunes and the Carlisle Dance Academy will be on hand to wow the masses.  Brampton school will be putting on a nativity scene and the parade will include a donkey – as befits the theme – along with three camels. A fair will be set up to keep the kids entertained and they’ll have a chance to meet Santa in his grotto.  Refreshments will be served in the Moot Hall with the switch on at 5.


Carlisle Christmas Lights

18 November

The annual spectacular will be held between 3.30pm and 5.30pm on Sunday 18th of November. This year’s event will be hosted by musical comedian Jonny Awsum who made it to the Semi-Finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2017.  The Switch-On will by headlined by former JLS member Aston Merrygold and also featured are DMU Gospel Choir – semi-finalists in Britain’s Got Talent 2018 and Finalists in ‘The Choir’.

Local groups and performers including Belle Vue Primary School, Razzamataz and Carlisle Dance Academy will also take to the stage outside the Old Town Hall. Acts will keep the crowd thrilled until the switch on at 5pm when the Mayor of Carlisle – Cllr Jessica Riddle – will flick the switch on a new array of lights.


Cleator Moor Market

23 November

The Christmas market will be held in the Cleator Moor Civic and Masonic Centre on Friday the 23rd of November.  Commencing at 3:30pm there will be a range of stalls selling Christmas goods and a variety of gifts. Tea, coffee and food will available throughout the day and to help bring in the festive feel there will be mulled wine and mince pies. The kids should keep their eye out for Father Christmas and his elves who’ll be in attendance, if they’re on the nice list they’ll receive a free gift.  The Cleator Moor Brass Band will be playing and are sure to add a wonderful festive feel. The highlight of the day, the light switch on, will take place at 5:15.

If you need to book a stall please ring Nigel Goddard on 07518793752, or email nigelgoddardltd@yahoo.co.uk

Dedication of the Crib

11 December

Cleator Moor Town Council and the Joint Churches of Cleator Moor invite you to the Dedication of the Crib on Tuesday the 11th of December.  The dedication will take place at 5pm on Cleator Moor Square and refreshments will be served in the Methodist Church Hall after the service. All are welcome to attend.  


Cockermouth Christmas Lights

18 November

The switch on of the impressive Cockermouth Christmas lights will take place on Sunday the 18th of November.  They’ll be the highlight of a fantastic day of live music and performance. The Cockermouth Music Centre Band take to the stage at 2 pm, they kick off the stage programme that will run throughout the afternoon.  

The main street will be filled with a variety of Christmas craft stalls, Santa’s Grotto and a funfair will add to the colourful event.  There’s plenty of festive food to enjoy or you could warm yourself with a mulled wine. At 5pm the Main Street will transform as the lights are turned on.

Egremont Winter Wonderland

25 November

The organisers of the Winter Wonderland are set to make this, their final one, a truly special day.  A lack of funding means this is the last chance for the folks of Egremont to enjoy this fantastic day out. The Wonderland will be held on Sunday the 25th of November and is set to go out with a bang, so be sure to get down for this last hurrah.  

The street market will accomodate over 50 stalls selling a variety foods and crafts. Santa’s Grotto will be located inside the Market Hall and the CFM stage will host a range of performers (the organisers are hoping to have something special this year).  Be sure keep an eye out for the large snow lion prowling through the crowd, or you may bump into Batman or Chewbacca, who’ll be there to entertain.  The Christmas lights will be switched on at 4:30, they’ll be that bit more special this year so come along and see for yourself.  A fantastic firework display will finish the evening with a bang



23 November

Keswick lights will switch on at 7pm in the Main Square.  A market will be on during the day and there will be plenty of activities in Packhorse Court.  Entertainment is provided and local bands will take to the main stage from 6pm.




2 December

The Longtown lights will be on by the end of November and while there is not an official light switch that doesn’t mean the town does not intend to celebrate Christmas.  On Sunday the 2nd of December there will be a festive market during the day with upwards of twenty stalls selling a range of festive goods. Local shops will be open late so everyone can have a browse and enjoy a cup of mulled wine. There will be childrens entertainment, face painting and Santa will take time out of his busy schedule to visit.  

On Friday the 14th of December Longtown Parish council will host its annual Senior Citizens Christmas party.  Enjoy a full Christmas dinner with a bit of entertainment and a visit from the Mayor of Carlisle. It’s a free event open to anyone aged 70 and over who live within the Parish.  Contact the council to register your interest on 01228 791739


Maryport Light Switch On

24 November

Maryport Christmas Light Switch on will take place on Saturday 24th November and will run from 1pm until 6 with the lights being switched on by the winning school children following a  competition. There will be a large range of indoor and outdoor entertainment. Inside the Town hall you’ll find plenty of free craft activities, face painting, nail art & balloon modelling.  Pop into the Labour Club and catch up with Santa in his Grotto, while you’re there have a browse through the charity stalls selling handmade items. On the outside stage local groups and schools will be providing, dance, music, choirs and much more.


18 November

From midday on Sunday the 18th of November Whitehaven town centre will transform as the town prepares for the Christmas lights switch on.  The CFM Roadshow Stage will take up residence and the crowd will be treated to a huge range of tribute acts such as Dua Lipa, Meghan Trainor and George Michael.  A variety of local dance groups will take to the stage during the day among them Popsteps, Dance Ranch and Stage Stars.  If that wasn’t enough there’ll be plenty of local music acts like Sing Stars, Committed To Rock and Sound Wave. The land train will be chugging around and this year it will have a Harry Potter feel. Taylor’s Funfair will be back and King Street will be abuzz with people browsing through 28 stalls all selling festive fair.  

This year the event is run by Whitehaven events committee, a new group, who would like to thank Whitehaven Town Council for their grant towards this.


Wigton Christmas Lights Festival

25 November

On Sunday the 25th of November there will be a Christmas Market on High Street from 12 until 5. During the day the Christmas Parade will hit the streets and everyone is welcome to follow Santa and The Sambandits to Santa’s Grotto in Wigton Youth Station.  A stage show – Live at the Fountain – will add atmosphere and to top it all off there will be street entertainment, fire shows and face painting. There will also be a Craft Fair in the Market Hall with over 20 stalls of quality hand made gifts and food – all made locally. There will be stunning artwork, wildlife photography, woodturning, jewellery, knitwear, preserves, fudges and cakes. The market will run from 1 until 5 with the big switch on at 5:30.  

Workington Christmas Festival

1 December

Workington’s Christmas lights switch on will take place on Saturday the 1st of December. The lights are set to coincide with a fantastic festive festival. Jam packed with entertainment throughout the day the street festival will feature live music performances on the main stage.  The kids will be thrilled by a range of walkabout entertainers, face painting, Santa’s Grotto and a fun fair. Add magic and puppet shows to the mix and there’s plenty to keep them entertained. The local market will stretch out onto the main street with a mix of independent local businesses selling tempting treats and beautiful handmade gifts.  The town centre festival starts at 11 and continues right through the day until the light switch on at 5 pm.

Information can be found at www.visitworkington.co.uk/christmasfestival

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