It’s Beginning To Feel Like A Lot Like Christmas Lights Switch On Season

Looking to get in to the festive mood after two years of enforced isolation?

We have rounded up the county’s Christmas Light Switch On events from Carlisle to Barrow, Whitehaven to Keswick and places in between.

As nothing screams it’s Christmas like lights, well maybe Noddy Holder but we can’t find him in Cumbria, grab your Santa hat, dust off the Christmas jumper and get ready to hear all the songs you had forgotten about for the last ten months.

Kendal – Thursday November 17

The Christmas lights switch on in Kendal will see the Town Council team up with Kendal Mountain Festival and Dark Skies Cumbria.

Starting at Abbot Hall Park and parading to the Market Place.

More information is available Here

Keswick – Friday November 18

Kicking off the festive season in Keswick are the Keswick Mountain Rescue team, who will be switching the lights on.

With a festive food, crafts market and music there is plenty for people to do.

More information is available Here

Ambleside – Saturday November 19

The town at the head of Windermere will switch their lights on with a bang with a fireworks display in Rothay Park.

More information is available Here

Whitehaven – Saturday November 19

Returning after last years smaller event Whitehaven will have an ABBA tribute act performing along with Whitehaven Theatre Group and all the fun of the fair too.

Mayor of Whitehaven, Charles Maudling will be switching the lights on at 5pm (17:00)

More information is available on the Whitehaven Town Council Facebook page.

Barrow- Saturday November 19

A community extravaganza is what Barrow Switch on is promising and with music, food and drink it looks set to deliver.

More information is available on the Barrow Christmas Lights Switch On Facebook page.

Penrith – Saturday November 19

The Christmas spirit keeps giving with singing, dancing and a lantern parade as Penrith Christmas Sparkle kicks off at 2pm (14:00), there is even a magician.

More information is available Here

Maryport – Saturday November 19

The harbour town completes the trio (Barrow and Whitehaven) as they push the button with face painters, music and a sold out Christmas Grotto.

More information is available on Maryport Town Council’s Facebook page

Carlisle – Sunday November 20

Jonny Awsum (Britain’s Got Talent) hosts Carlisle’s lights switch on as Twist and Pulse (Britain’s Got Talent) and headline act Simon Webbe (Blue).

It will also be showcase of local community groups and performers including Carlisle Dance Academy, Rocket Theatre School, Belle Vue School choir and Jordyn Louise Dance.

The Mayor of Carlisle, Councillor Mike Mitchelson will trigger a galaxy of Christmas lights in the city centre at 5pm (17:00)

More information is available Here

Cockermouth – Sunday November 20

After all the fun on Saturday Cockermouth join in with Blue the Raptor, Darling Manor Princess along with face painting and food and drink before the Mayor of Cockermouth is joined by local school children to switch the lights on.

Spider-Man might even swing by.

More information is available Here

Cleator Moor – Friday November 25/26

Cleator Moor starts another weekend of light with the Marathon Man himself Gary McKee switching on the Moor’s lights.

The fun doesn’t stop with the switch on as iSH are helping the celebration continue on Saturday 26.

More information is available Here

Ulverston – November 26/27

The Dickensian Festival returns in its full spender with traditional dress and brass bands surely taking you back in time to a Charles Dickens’ Christmas time.

More information is available Here

Workington – Saturday November 26

A bumper day is planned in Workington with music, magic, Market and a princess or two along with Blue the Velociraptor.

The Mayor of Workington and her Christmas Card winners will do the honour of switching the lights on.

More information is available Here

Wigton – Sunday November 27

Indoor ice rink, music, food and face painting with Glastonbury performing Hardwicke Circus one of the bands playing.

More information is available on the Wigton Town Council Facebook page

Egremont – Sunday November 27

It’s all go for Egremont with Bjorn the Polar Bear, Whitehaven Theatre Group, CFM stage, the ‘real’ Father Christmas, music, food and drink along with a firework show to finish.

More information is available Here

Millom – Saturday December 3

One of the later switch on events Millom joins the party in December with a Christmas Wonderland at Millom Rugby League Club.

More information is available on Millom Town Council’s Facebook page.

All switch on events are subject to change