Festive Things To Do In Keswick This December


Keswick is looking very festive now with some beautiful shop windows and the Christmas lights coming on every day at 4pm. Whether you are here in the run-up to Christmas or over the festive period itself we have hand-picked for you a selection of events and things to do this December.

Christmas Shopping in Keswick

Enjoy a day Christmas shopping in Keswick away from the traditional high street. Our wonderful independent gift shops are a haven of inspiration for those hard to buy presents. Choose a unique gift from one of our lovely galleries, a cushion or a footstool from  John Young Furnishings, pencils from the  Derwent Pencil Museum, a cheese gift hamper from the  Cheese Deli , a jumper or some socks from Alexandra's or even chocolate truffle sprouts from  Ye Olde Friars.   If you can't be here in person and want to support Keswick we have many shops with online stores. For the person who has everything a voucher makes a great present, a cinema ticket for the  Keswick Alhambra, a voucher for  Go Ape, a festival pass or a  weekend away. And if you're going to give money why not give the Lake District pound.

Create A New Christmas Tradition

Why not do something new this Christmas and join a festive cruise on Derwentwater. Father Christmas boards the Keswick Launch with presents for the children and sherry and mince pies for the adults. Weekends only to the 16th December. Or if trains are more your thing jump aboard a Santa train at Threlkeld Quarry and enjoy mince pies, mulled wines and presents (22nd, 23rd & 24th of December). Enjoy Breakfast with Santa at Whinlatter Forest on 16th December or visit Santa's Magical Gingerbread Cottage at Rheged.

Take In A Show

The Christmas production at Theatre by the Lake is the enchanting Beauty and the Beast whilst for the very young there's  Hey Diddle Diddle  in the studio, a brilliant new take on the classic nursery rhyme. The CBeebies Christmas Show on the 15th Dec at the Keswick Alhambra recreates on the big screen the live Thumbelina performance. For music lovers there's the Festival of Christmas Music at Crosthwaite Church, La Serenissima - Baroque Ensemble at  Theatre by the Lake and on New Year's Eve the Berliner Philharmoniker live concert at the Alhambra Cinema .

Visit Whinlatter Forest For Your Real Christmas Tree

Buy your real Christmas tree from Whinlatter this year for a wonderful experience and the highest quality, sustainably-grown British Christmas trees. Whinlatter has Christmas events and activities during December so enjoy a day out at the same time.

Keswick Live Advent

If you're in Keswick during advent join us for the lighting of our advent windows and accompanying pop up events. You can see all the details on our website. If you're not visiting till after Christmas you can follow the illuminated advent window trail around the town until early January.

Festive Dining

Whilst you're Christmas shopping in Keswick treat yourself to lunch or coffee and cake in our of our many cafes and restaurants plus there are whole host of opportunities for festive diningJoin the Lakes Distillery on Dec 15th for the Founders Whisky Festival. Tours include the opportunity to try their latest whisky releases plus there are Whisky masterclasses with whiskymaker & world-renown whisky writer Dave Broom. In the run up to Christmas there are festive menus at The George HotelLake District Hotels and Armathwaite Hall to name but a few. Over the holiday period mouth-watering Christmas menus are available at the Royal Oak Keswick and Lake District Hotels. For something a little different Mizu at the Lodore Falls Hotel will be serving a 6 course Christmas Day lunch with an Asian twist. Start your New Year in style with the Jazz Brunch at theLodore Falls Hotel and Borrowdale Hotel.