Festive Things To Do In Keswick This December

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Christmas in Keswick is Magical

Whether you are visiting for a day, or here on holiday, there are plenty of events happening in the area,

including plenty of great independent shops for those Christmas gifts. 

Keswick's annual Christmas Tree Festival 

Keswick Methodist Church

30th November - 3rd December, open 10am - 4pm 

and until 5pm on Saturday 2nd December

Admire the beautifully decorated trees 

by local schools, groups, and community organisations, 

and vote for your favourite.

There will also be a countdown and lighting of their silhouette Nativity Window, 

followed by Carol Singing in the Hall by the Skiddaw Ukes and the Foxy Flutes

Hot chocolate and Christmas nibbles will be available 

And all Money Raised will go to Action for Children. 

Santa Splash

Friday 1st December 12 noon Start 

Come down to Keswick Boat Landings 

to watch our teams of Santas and Elves

Race on Derwentwater. 

Keswick Victorian Fayre 

Sunday 3rd December 

There will be Free live entertainment on the stage in the Market Place and Packhorse Court 

Bands, Choirs, Dancers and more 

Over 30 local and national charity stalls, selling a selection of Christmas homemade gifts and produce 

alongside festive food and drink, games, tombolas and raffles. 

A great event to get you into the festive spirit.

Café HNW Santa's Grotto

Café HNW in Upper Fitz Park have

a Santa’s Grotto and Christmas Reindeer Park Trail this December.

Meet Santa, receive a gift, and find the clues hidden in the park on a Christmas Treasure Hunt.

Dates 9th 10th 16th & 17th December

11am - 12.30pm

13.30pm - 15.00pm

£10 per child

Places are limited, please contact the cafe to book

[email protected]

Phone : 07972143839

Christmas Dog Walk 

Friday 15th December, meet at the Kings Arms Hotel 1:45 pm

Calling all dog lovers! 

Grab your walking boots, your dog/s (max of 2 dogs pp) and wrap up warm, for a relaxed winter walk around Friars Crag and Castlehead 

There will be dog treats provided for your four-legged friends and mince pies, mulled wine, and hot chocolate for those on two legs.

A 'Best Dressed Dog' competition and the winner will receive a doggy hamper from Podgy Paws Pet Shop, a Pooch Pamper Hamper from Bugalugs Pet Care and a dog photography experience from Olive Paw Photography. 

To book your FREE place or receive further information please contact Becca Brayton on 017687 87024, or email [email protected].

Georgian Christmas 

Thursday 21st December 10:30am - 12pm, 2pm - 3:30pm

Dove Cottage, Wordsworth Grasmere 

Have a go at some Georgian Christmas Crafts, including making pomanders and wreaths.

Read Dorothy Wordsworth's gingerbread recipe and decorate some gingerbread stars.

Learn about what the Wordsworth family ate on Christmas day, how they celebrated and have the opportunity to dress up in Georgian costume. 

Great for all ages and families, £18 for a family ticket and parking is free for the event.

After booking (via the Wordsworth Grasmere website), please email [email protected] and let us know the number and age of the children you wish to bring, as well as details of any other adults planning to attend

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Christmas Crafts at Keswick Museum

Join us for our festive craft workshops – suitable for all ages and skill levels.

Christmas Card Making

3rd December at 11am-12.30pm and 1-2.30pm

Create beautiful handmade cards, ready to gift to loved ones this Christmas. 

£5 per person.

Clay Christmas Tree Decorations

9 December at 11am-12.30pm and 1-2.30pm

Create beautiful handmade decorations, ready to hang around your home or on your tree.

£5 per person.

Fabric Wreath Making

16 December at 11am-12.30pm and 1-2.30pm

Create a beautiful handmade wreath, ready to hang at home year after year. Make one each or one as a family/group.

£25 per wreath

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Theatre by the Lake 

A Litte Princess

Friday 17th November 2023 - Sunday 7th January 2024, various times available. 

Discover the real magic of story telling this Christmas...

Theatre by the Lake is excited to present a new adaptation of the children’s classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden)

With memorable characters, original music and mesmerising puppetry, this truly magical tale will be brought to life on stage.

Enjoy a wonderfully uplifting story about the power of imagination and friendship with all the family this Christmas!

Tickets from £12 and suitable for ages 6+

Lake District Calvert Trust New Year's Day Dip 

Monday 1st January 2024 11am

Beyond the Boat Landings, Derwentwater, Keswick 

New Year’s Day for a Fancy Dress Dip in Derwentwater, followed by hot chocolate and cake courtesy of local outdoor retailer Alpkit of Keswick.

Start the New Year as you mean to go on and raise money for a wonderful, local charity! 

Lake District Calvert Trust instructors and staff will be on hand to make sure that you and our lake are kept safe and that we all leave no trace. 

Safety is paramount – this is a dip, not a swim. Wetsuits and suitable footwear are recommended and safety boats will also be on hand to ensure the dip goes off without a hitch.

This free event is strictly limited to 200 places – Sign up 

If you can, please do consider making a small donation and help us keep Calvert Lakes going in 2024

Unravel the mystery of Zog's Christmas code in a fun forest adventure!

Get ready for a festive and exciting adventure at Whinlatter as we invite everyone to Crack the Zog Christmas code.

This Christmas, Whinlatter Forest is adding a festive twist to the much-loved Zog Trail. Your task is to find new clues in the form of stickers on boards. Once spotted, carefully observe the image and write down the first letter of the word it represents on your clue leaflet. As you make your way through the Zog Christmas code adventure, you'll uncover hidden letters one by one, finally revealing a Christmas word.

But the excitement doesn't stop there! Once you've cracked the final word, return your completed leaflet to the visitor centre and you'll receive a Zog decoration that will add a touch of magic to your Christmas tree.

To join in and solve the puzzle, you will need to buy a Zog Christmas clue leaflet for just £1.50 when you get to Whinlatter. Alternatively, you can get a Zog Trail pack for £4, which includes the clue leaflet for free.

The Christmas addition to the Zog Trail promises fun for all families this winter. Join us from 1 December for a holiday trail like no other. Don't miss this chance to immerse yourself in the captivating world of Zog and make this Christmas season truly special. 

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Santa Specials at Threlkeld Quarry 

Travel on 'Sir Tom' Threlkeld Quarry's trusty steam Train and help find Santa, when you find him, children will receive a present and there are seasonal refreshments for all.

Santa trains will run on: The weekends 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th of December and daily from Wednesday 20th through to Sunday 24th of December

Trains will run at 10.15, 11.00, 11.45, 12.30, 1.00, 1.45, 2.30 and 3.15.

The trip lasts around 25 minutes and please remember to wrap up warm as our carriages are not fully enclosed.

Ticket prices vary, depending on the size of carriage 

Book your Tickets Here


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