Christmas Fair Square

Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair 2021

Lighting up the community differently this year…

We are delighted to be putting on the Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair this year on Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th December. We have taken the decision to make it a community focused event with a slightly different programme than usual: you can look forward to a smaller, spacious Chalet Village, Indoor Market and Late Night Shopping; a community focused Christmas light switch-on, lantern procession and carol singing; a community play called Peter’s Promise and guided lantern walks over the Christmas Fair weekend.

We are placing an emphasis on #shoplocal #belocal #staylocal and we hope that by Christmas 2022 we will be able to put on a fully fledged Christmas extravaganza…


There is free parking on both sides by Devil’s Bridge. There are SLDC and Cumbria County Counil carparks on New Road and by Booths. There will be free overflow parking at QES School.

Chalet Village 

When? Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th December

Where? Market Square 

How much? Free

Discover the Chalet Village in Market Square this year where you can shop the Christmas chalets and enjoy hot food & drink stalls…

Indoor Market

When? Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December

Where? Lunesdale Hall

How much? Free

Discover the Indoor Market in Lunesdale Hall, where you can keep warm while shopping local festive crafts and produce… 

Christmas Light Switch-on

When? Friday 3rd December, from 4pm

Where? Market Square

How much? Free

Peter Pan and Hook will lead the Christmas light switch-on at 4pm on Friday 3rd December, where locals will gather in the Market Square and be amazed as the magic of Christmas fills the streets! 

Lantern Procession

When? Friday 3rd December at 5pm

Where? Market Square to St Mary’s Churchyard

How much? Free

Don’t forget to collect a lantern from the Monument in market Square before the Lantern Parade commences – Peter will lead you from Market Square to Glebe Field where you will be welcomed by lantern-lit carol singing. 

Santa’s Grotto

Santa’s Grotto is coming to Kirkby Lonsdale! North Pole crafts, Christmas presents from Father Christmas and real reindeer…

Lantern-making Workshops

When? Throughout October and November

Where? Various Locations

How much? Free or buy a pack from the Information & Gift Shop on Main Street.

We are encouraging members of the community, individuals and groups, to join us in making eco-friendly lanterns out of willow and bamboo so that we can fill the streets of Kirkby Lonsdale with magical light as we process through the streets after the Christmas light switch-on. We need over 300 lanterns to boost the Christmas magic and bring the festive community spirit alive! If you are interested in taking part or leading a lantern-making workshop please contact Janet Nuttall by email: 

Peter’s Promise – Outdoor Winter Theatre

When? Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December, 4pm and 7pm

Where? St Mary’s Churchyard, meet at the main gates.

How much? Free, but make sure to book tickets in advance.

An “awfully big adventure” is coming to Kirkby Lonsdale this Christmas as Peter Pan searches for the last of the Lost Boys and tries to keep a Christmas Promise. A sequel to J.M Barries’ Peter Pan, Peter’s Promise is a magical piece of outdoor winter theatre created especially for Kirkby Lonsdale by creative producer Jayne Davies and a cast of community performers. Performed outside at various locations in St Mary’s Churchyard and concluding in a magical marquee on the Glebe Field, bring a hot chocolate or mulled wine and join us under the wintry star-lit sky for a truly magical event.  Appropriate for all ages. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.  

Late Night Shopping

When? Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th December, until 7pm

Where? The high street.

How much? Free

Our wonderful independent high-street shops will be staying open late over the Christmas Fair weekend so that locals can get all their Christmas shopping done in time. Shops will be open until 7pm on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th December – there will be Christmas carols in the street, mince pies & mulled wine and maybe even a magical dusting of snow!

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Lantern Walks

When? Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th at 5pm (more throughout December) 

Where? The Monument in the Market Square

How much? £6/person, kids go FREE

Join us for a lantern-lit journey through town as the tales of Kirkby Lonsdale are brought to life! Our local guides are leading lantern walks during the Christmas Fair weekend so you can learn about our rich cultural history before joining the festive activities.

We look forward to seeing you there and celebrating the festive season with our community!

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