There have been a number of Christmas light switch on events in the major towns in Cumbria in the last couple of weeks. One of the last celebrations to mark the switch on of the lights and the start of the Christmas period is Windermere.
Saturday December 1st 2018 is the date for the switch on of the Windermere Christmas lights and as always, it is far more than just flicking a switch. Late afternoon the festivities begin mulled wine, mince pies, various food and drink stalls, Smooth Radio to entertain and then fireworks to finish. Being December 1st this year, it starts the this festive month perfectly.
Santa will depart from Windermere train station on his float with his reindeer before magically switching on the lights at around 5pm and going on to The Rec with a celebratory fireworks display. The event is a true community one being organised, marketed and supported by a local group of volunteers who have been busy putting all the lights up around the town over the past two weeks.
So if there’s ever a weekend this winter to come and visit Windermere, this is it. Furthermore, it is an excellent time to get away before Christmas and the shops in Windermere and Bowness are gift purchasing heaven especially the new Love the Lakes shop full of Lake District produced toiletries, homewares, food and beverages.
Accommodation for the weekend and next when it is the Windermere Christmas Celebration street market can be found via AllofTheLakeDistrict.co.uk. Simply search for the type of accommodation required, self catering, hotel, B&B and select Windermere as the location. From there find direct links to some of the best accommodation in the Lake District.