Why Carlisle is all set to offer you a cracking Christmas, from magical markets to historic attractions
Carlisle is set to become a magical Christmas destination for visitors from far and wide with the launch of a new Christmas Market in the heart of the historic Cumbrian city. Running between 2–11 December, the market will be the first major Christmas event staged in the city since 2019 and the aim is to attract visitors from across the north and the wider UK.
The historic city centre is the perfect location for the festive, colourful Christmas village. It’ll have over 40 Alpine-style chalets to create a winter wonderland for all visitors. Its backdrop will be the scenic 17th century Old Town Hall and it will bring a sparkling seasonal experience to visiting groups, families, and residents alike.
Carlisle’s Christmas Market will be a perfect group travel location and enhance still further the 2,000-year-old city’s reputation as a leading tourist attraction. It’s a great short break destination at any time of year.
Carlisle’s Christmas Market will be the perfect venue for visiting groups looking to enjoy a festive experience while also enjoying the wider cultural delights of the city including the stunning Castle and city’s Cathedral, which is celebrating its 900th anniversary this year. The city is also a key attraction in this year’s 1,900th anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall.
On the festive front, the Alpine-style stalls will feature both local and visiting traders and will sell a range of delicious treats and festive favourites. There’ll be delightful seasonal treats ranging from traditional giant bratwurst to exotic ostrich, wild boar and crocodile burgers and tasty, hot Gluhwein. The decorated chalets will sell artisan craft products – perfect and unique gifts and stocking fillers.
With a huge selection of shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs to add to the mix – Carlisle is a must-see destination this Christmas.
The Christmas Market (2-11 December) will open each day between 10am and 6pm with the following exceptions: 10am to 8pm on Thursdays (for late night shopping) and Sundays 10am to 4pm