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Get into the Christmas spirit at these Cumbrian events

UPDATED: The Christmas season is in full swing in Cumbria and The Lake District but there are many events and seasonal markets still to visit to make your festive celebrations complete.

Here are some of our favourites, in date order:

Christmas Wreath Making, Greystoke Craft Garden, near Penrith, 12 December

Make your own impressive large festive Christmas wreath using fresh greenery, spiced up with cones, berries, ribbons and more Find out how to re-use the wreath base again and again. Course fee £28. More here

Orton Christmas Farmers’ Market, 14 December

A very popular farmer’s market all year round, the Christmas market is particularly well attended and this year features 30 stalls, offering a wide variety of fresh local produce. More here

Windermere Christmas Celebration, 14-15 December

For the first time an outdoor ice-skating rink joins the Windermere Christmas Celebration, plus a record number of local and national stallholders. There is a shuttle bus provided for the event, running from Windermere Lake Cruises Pier 1 in Bowness. More here

Make A Gingerbread Decoration, Sizergh Castle, 14-15, 21-22 December

Drop in and decorate a Christmas biscuit to take home and hang on your tree. Four dates available. More here

Keswick's Christmas Proms, Theatre by the Lake, 15 December

Popular professional carol singers Graeme Danby and Valerie Reid top the bill, alongside the award winning NASUWT Riverside Band and St Herbert's Primary School Choir.

Christmas in Cartmel, 20 December

Cartmel's monthly Farmers’ Market takes a Christmas theme, including many popular stalls from local producers in the south Lake District village. More here

Christmas Tales With Grandad, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, 20-28 December

A play featuring festive stories you probably haven't heard before. Granddad interacts with the audience through his own brand of heart-warming storytelling. More here

A Christmas Carol, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, until 11 January

One of the best-loved Christmas stories, adapted by the writer of The 39 Steps. The colourful production features puppetry, music and laughs. More here

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