Christmas Events

Lancaster On Ice

27th November – 9th January 2022
Dalton Square (Lancaster City Centre)

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Winners of the Lancashire Tourism Awards ‘Large Event Award’ 2019 and nominated as one of the best ice-rinks in the UK & Europe by the Guardian Newspaper, we return with Christmas Market Stalls, the Giant Tipi Bar, 800m real ice, Ice-Rink and giant Ferris Wheel.

For more information, please see the Lancaster On Ice website


Winter Wonderland

28th November and 5th December
Wyresdale Park, Scorton

 

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We are sprinkling some extra special festive magic across the estate this Christmas! Enjoy some fun for the whole family at Wyresdale Wonderland, which includes…
🎅🏼The Elves & Santa’s Trail
🍻Pop-up Tavern
🍕Wood-fired Pizza
🛍 Gifts Galore
A fun day out for the whole family and the perfect opportunity to get into the festive spirit!
No need to book, simply head on over!

Find out more about Wyresdale Park…


‘Dismantle’ Art Exhibition

1st – 4th December
The Storey

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An exhibition of collagraph prints

Main gallery, The Storey

Meeting House Lane, Lancaster

1st – 4th December 2021

Find out more about Jenny…


Beauty and the Beast

3rd to the 31st December
The Dukes

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Join us at The Dukes this Christmas as we bring Beauty & The Beast to The Round theatre. Created by the team who brought you our highly acclaimed productions of Cinderella: A Fairytale and Sleeping Beauty, this brand-new production is a thoroughly festive adventure that all the family will love.

Bella and her mother live alone in the countryside, scrimping and saving to make ends meet. But, not far from their farm, in the forest, there is a terrible secret waiting to be uncovered that has made the land barren.

Kidnapped by the fearsome Beast, Bella discovers that he might not be the mean-spirited creature that she has been told about – and that the curse he is under can be broken.

Filled with magic, dancing and songs that you’ll love to sing along to, this is Beauty & The Beast done Dukes-style.

For more information, please see The Dukes website


Dickensian Christmas Crime Dinner

3rd December
Royal Kings Arms, Lancaster

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Can you solve the crime?

The Royal Kings Arms welcomes you to a night of murder and mystery, with our chefs special three course meal.

All of our Murder Mystery events are brought to you by After Dark.

After Dark are the leading professionals when it comes to award-winning entertainment. All of their events are interactive, they are truly the experts in planning and implementing the perfect crime for any eventuality.

For more information, please see the Royal Kings Arms website


Richard Durrant Candlelit Christmas Concert

3rd December
Lancaster Royal Grammar School

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The guitarist and composer Richard Durrant heralds the start of another Christmas season with his family-friendly Candlelit Christmas Concerts.

With Christmas songs and wintry folk music, traditional carols and solo guitar music this will be a seasonal, musical feast and Richard’s first live tour for nearly two years.

Richard will be joined onstage by his sons Django and Felix, legendary musician Brian Gulland and much-loved Christmas regular the singer Amy Kakoura.

For more information, please see the Richard Durrant website


Christmas Tree Festival


3rd – 5th December
Christ Church, Lancaster

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Christ Church’s first ever Christmas Tree Festival! 35 trees have been sponsored by local businesses, and decorated by local groups, charities and organisations to showcase their work. It will be a wonderful celebration of our local community – and a lovely way to begin the Christmas season! 50% of all funds raised will support the work of our Winter Night Shelter.

Find out more about Christ Church…


Christmas Dinner + Live Music

3rd to the 24th December
Thurnham Hall

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Enjoy the festive season at any of our venues and make this Christmas extra special!

From the 1st December to the 24th December, you can book your entire family in to dine with us and enjoy a three course dinner with live music for only £35 per person!

* Friday and Saturday tickets only! *

Our chefs are bringing you our traditional Christmas dinner, all home cooked for you and your family. Don’t worry, we’ve got all of your family favourites on there – just look at the menu below to find out what you could be enjoying this Christmas season.

For more information, please see the All Events website

 


Affordable Art Fair – Iron Press Printmaking

3rd to the 5th December
The Storey

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Come along and browse through a wonderful selection of original prints produced at Iron Press Printmaking, including etchings, engravings, woodcuts, linocuts, lithographs, monotypes, collagraphs, dry point and mixed media.

There is also a sale of new and second-hand art materials, tools, books, and cards.

Why not take this great opportunity to visit the beautiful studio and see some of the wonderful items on offer.

For more information, please contact the Visitor Information Centre on: 01524 582394


Haffner Orchestra Concert

4th December
Lancaster University

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Conductor: Jonathan Lo

Soloist: Christopher Jones

Leader: Julian Cann

  • Mendelssohn Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor
  • Beethoven Symphony no. 7

Adults: £15.00, 18 yrs. and under: Free

Find out more…


Christmas Extravaganza

4th December
Halton Mill

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Halton Mill are hosting a Christmas Extravaganza!!

Visit us to:
– Browse and shop at Winter Craft Stalls
– Meet Santa
– Listen to our Christmas choir! Sing-a-longs permitted! 🙂
– Enjoy Mulled wine & mince Pies
– Halton Mill based artist Sarah Livingstone will open her workshop to purchase and browse her ceramic and glass creations
– Co-housing tours at 12noon and 3pm departing from outside The Mill

The event is also the launch of the Morecambe: Beyond the Obvious exhibition

Entrance fee 50p. Under 14s Free

For more information, please see The Halton Mill facebook page


Christmas Fair

4th to the 5th December
Kirkby Lonsdale

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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…

For more information, please see the Kirkby Lonsdale website


Big Fat Christmas Market

4th, 5th, 11th & 12th December
Kanteena, Lancaster

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It is the most wonderful time of the year! It wouldn’t be Xmas without Kanteena’s Big Fat Xmas Markets and this year will not disappoint!

We have a fabulous array of stalls for you. From the retro to the unique, the homemade to the homegrown, the upcycled to the crafted, the edible to the naturally sourced and so much more in between. All from local and independent stall holders.

We have 4 different dates and with a different mix of stall holders in our new space – The 2 main halls, ATIKA (upstairs) and undercover in our courtyard.

Once again we will have our wonderful Xmas tree’s for sale!
And… we have a very important VIP who may well be just visiting on his sleigh…

Festive food and drink will be served all day, alongside sweet music. So come along and soak up the festivities!

For more information, please see the Kanteena Facebook page


Santa’s Grotto

4th, 5th, 11th & 12th December
Kanteena, Lancaster

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Santa’s Grotto comes to Kanteena, Lancaster for their Christmas Markets. A great day out for all of the family on Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th and Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th December and at their Christmas markets.

For more information, please see the Skiddle website


Traditional Victorian Christmas

4th to the 5th December
Judges’ Lodgings, Lancaster

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Enjoy a traditional Victorian Christmas at Judges’ Lodgings, the house will be decorated and you can enjoy carol singing and traditional crafts. No booking required. Normal charges apply (adults £3, children free). £2 per child to meet Father Christmas and do a craft.

For more information, please see the Lancaster Judges Lodgings website


Jack and the Beanstalk

4th to the 30th December
Lancaster Grand Theatre

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Lancaster Footlights presents: Jack and The Beanstalk, a traditional family Pantomime.

Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, come and have a lot of fun!

Expect mayhem and magic as Jack and the gang go on an adventure as he climbs the beanstalk to the Giant’s land. There will be lots of audience participation, fantastic musical numbers and dazzling costumes- a Christmas treat not to be missed!

Book early to secure your seat!

For more information, please see the Lancaster Grand website


Sleeping Beauty Adult Panto

4th to the 18th December
Lancaster Grand Theatre

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Adult Panto is back after 13 years of sell out shows and this time they’re bringing their panto pandemonium to the Lancaster Grand Theatre for 7 nights!

It’s a snoozy doozy of a show as the team transport you into the tantalizing tale of Sleeping Beauty jam packed with all the usual Christmas chaos, Seasonal silliness and Festive fun.

It’s purely for over 18’s so don’t be caught napping and grab your tickets now!

For more information, please see the Lancaster Grand website


Reindeer Day

5th December
Marketgate Shopping Centre, Lancaster

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This magical event is sure to bring a smile to the whole family with a chance to meet Santa and his reindeer.

The Cairngorm Reindeer will be in St Nic’s Arcade from 12.00 til 3.00. Whilst seeing the reindeer, children will also have the chance to meet Santa to receive a small gift and have their photo taken sitting with him in his sleigh.

The event will extend into the wider city centre with a colouring workshop and FREE facepainting in the Marketgate Shopping Centre as well as fairground rides for the children to enjoy in Market Square and Horseshoe Corner.

Finally, to complete the fun, make sure to keep an eye out for our elf and baby reindeer puppet who will be popping up around the city centre throughout the day.

For more information, please see the Lancaster BID website


Bloom & Grow Christmas Wreath Workshops

5th December and 10th December
The Ashton Memorial (Williamson Park)

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It’s that time of year again! Come and make your own festive Christmas wreath to hang on your front door. All resources will be provided to suit your style. We will use sustainable floristry methods to create your wreath.

I’ll talk you through how to make your wreath step by step, whilst enjoying some free refreshments and festive music, in the stunning Ashton Memorial hall!

The cost of this workshop is £45pp including all materials and of course you get to take the wreath home at the end

For more information, please see the Skiddle website


Needle Felting Workshop

8th December
The Storey, Lancaster

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Get in the festive mood with our Christmas baubles needle felting workshop.
We are going to spend two hours making Christmas decorations that will make a lovely present or add charm to your Christmas tree.
The workshop is suitable for all levels and abilities. The guidance as well as all materials will be provided.
£20
Essential to book

For more information, please see the event page on Facebook


Christmas Affordable Art Fair

8th – 16th December
The Storey, Lancaster

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We are hosting what will be our 5th Annual Christmas Art Fair exhibition of visual art from local and regional artists.

This year’s exhibition will take place upstairs in the Main Gallery at The Storey and we are hoping to cover walls and tables with affordable art for the Christmas Season

For more information, please see the King Street Studio website


Renes Christmas Event

9th December
Renes Fashion, Lancaster

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Let’s Party. The Renes Christmas Event will be taking place this year in store on Thursday 9th December from 12pm – 9pm.
Don’t forget “Save the Date” in your diaries ladies.
You don’t have to book a slot just wander in when you like (it will be late night shopping in Lancaster too).
There will be lots of Christmas Pressie ideas along with live singing from the fabulous Mark McKenna and the wonderful Rachel Mercer.
We have Annabel’s Beauty joining us where you can look a million dollars with your make up done and also The Exchange Lancaster will be with us with some fabulous Designer Bags and lots of other goodies.
Not forgetting fizz and nibbles and lots of Christmas Cheer!
Get it booked in your diary now. It will be a good one!
Let’s all PAAARRTTTY!

For more information, please see the All Events website


Sufjan Stevens’ Songs for Christmas

11th December
Lancaster Priory

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Join together to hear and sing along with songs from pioneering singer songwriter Sufjan Stevens’ 10 Eps of Christmas Music.

Featuring Dot Crotchet and the Raging Harmonies, the Brander Burny Band and a glowing throng of lead singers both visiting from afar and cherished locals.

We’re glad to be back at Lancaster Priory to share new arrangements we’ve made over the past couple of years since the last live performance of Sufjan’s songs in Edinburgh 2019.

For more information, please see the More Music website


Lancaster Uni Santa Dash

11th December
Lancaster University Sports Centre

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Lancaster University Students Union, Sport Lancaster, Defying Dementia and Lancaster University Running And Athletics Club bring you the Santa Dash!
This is a 4km fun run on Lancaster University campus, with all proceeds going to Defying Dementia. Every participant will receive a Santa hat, mince pie and medal.
There will also be a Christmas-themed fancy dress competition on the day with prizes for the best dressed, so make sure to come in your best Christmassy outfits!
Defying Dementia will also be present on the day, accepting donations and talking to you about the amazing work that they do!
Online entry is only £5, with the majority of the fee going directly to Defying Dementia. Places fill up quickly so don’t hesitate to get your tickets down by following the link >>> https://lancastersu.co.uk/…/lancaster…/buy_ticket

Paper Cutting Workshop

11th & 14th December
The Storey, Lancaster

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Would you like to develop an extra art skill and learn to use manicure scissors in creative way? Come and join us for a papercutting workshop.

Learn the story of Polish Wycinanki – intricate paper cut-outs – have been a popular folk craft in Poland since the 1900s.papercutting, learn the history of intricate patterns popular in Poland, learn to use manicure scissors in a creative way and have fun creating a Christmas card.

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the history of Polish papercutting, shown various intricate designs and will learn how to create their own Christmas card decorated with Wycinanki.

The workshop will cover the following areas:

• an introduction to paper cutting with a look at some examples,
• a quick run-through of the tools needed,
• essential tips and tricks in paper cutting,
• work on practice sheets,
• create a final project from a choice of the original templates.

Don’t worry – drawing skills are not essential! You just need a steady hand and a bit of patience!

For more information, please see the King Street Studios website


Neuro Drop In Craft Market

12th December
Vale of Lune Rugby Club, Lancaster

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Come along to our Christmas Craft Market at The Vale, LA1 2TT 12th December 10:00am – 4:00pm
We have some fantastic Artisan Craft Stalls, Yuletide treats, Raffle, Tombola and a brilliant variety of Seasonal Entertainment. Please come along and support Neuro DropIn whilst enjoying a joyful Christmassy atmosphere. We cant wait to enjoy a face to face Christmas Market once again!

For more information, please see the Neuro Drop In website


Ashton Memorial Carol Concerts

13th to the 16th December
Ashton Memorial, Williamson Park, Lancaster

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We are very excited to announce that tickets for this year’s Christmas Carol Concerts at the Ashton Memorial are now on sale! We will have a different choir singing every night from 13-16 December and every ticket includes a mince pie and mulled wine!

Full details on the poster above. Tickets available from the Gift Shop in the park or Lancaster Visitor Information Centre. Alternatively call 01524 33318.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

For more information, please see the Williamson Park Facebook post


Candlelit Spectacular

17th to the 18th December
Lancaster Priory

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FEATURING THE PRIORY CHOIRS, ORCHESTRA AND SOLOISTS
17TH DECEMBER 2021, 19.30

18TH DECEMBER 2021, 17.00 and 20.00

TICKETS: £10 (UNDER 18s HALF-PRICE)

All concerts are one and a quarter hours, no interval, bar half an hour before, reduced capacity for social distancing.

For more information, please see the Lancaster Priory website


A Christmas Carol

18th December
The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster

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Join Ebenezer Scrooge as he journeys into the past, present and yet-to-come on a supernatural journey to redemption.

Watch with delight as the atmosphere of Victorian London is brought to life and the ghosts of Christmas return from the dead – all through the magical art of storytelling, and accompanied by a live violin score.

After the phenomenal success of national tours of Shivers and Upon the Stair, The Book of Darkness & Light return with a pleasingly haunting adaptation of this most famous festive ghost story.

For more information, please see The Dukes website


Nine Lessons and Carols

19th December
Lancaster Priory

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When you hear the choir sing Once in Royal David’s City, you know that Christmas has begun!

For more information, please see the Priory website


Girls’ Christmas Party Night

22nd December
The Borough, Lancaster

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Girls’ Christmas Party Night!
Wednesday 22nd December – £35 per head, including a cocktail on arrival, 3 course festive meal and DJ. A chance to let your hair down with your ladies!

For more information, please see the event Facebook page


Christingle Service

24th December
Lancaster Priory

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A children’s service, accompanied by our marvellous Jazz Band. Come dressed as your favourite nativity character for our annual dose of Christmas chaos…

For more information, please see the Lancaster Priory page


Festive 4K Fun Run

29th December
Starting at Salt Ayre

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Lancaster & Morecambe AC is organising its popular Christmas 4k Festive Fun Run from the clubhouse on the athletics track at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre, near Lancaster (LA1 5JS) again this year. It will be on Wednesday December 29th at 11am and this year it will be the 21st anniversary of the launch of the run.

It is aimed at families and fun runners as well as more regular competitors. There will be a great atmosphere and a super festive medal for all finishers. All runners are very welcome to run in fancy dress.

It’s only £5 to enter with an extra £3 for registrations on the day. The route is flat and around 4k. Since this is always a very popular fun run with a limit of 400 runners, we really recommend that people register on-line in advance.

There will be a really great range of spot prizes on the day including sponsored vouchers and prizes.

Any queries to Steve Perry on email: stephenptherunner@gmail.com or tel: 07762 795605

For more information, please see the website