Ambleside Christmas Lights 2017
Saturday 18th November 2017
The annual Ambleside Christmas lights switch-on involves a Father Christmas cruise followed by a parade through the Lake District town at dusk, featuring hundreds of paper lanterns. Young and old turn out to witness the spectacular procession and the Christmas street lights throughout Ambleside town centre are switched on, as if by magic, by Santa Claus! There is also a family fun zone, local entertainers & musicians, stalls throughout the town and a firework display. There will be no skating rink this year on the junior school playground, replaced instead by two funfair attractions and BBQ.
The 2017 schedule has yet to be announced. For reference purposes, last year's schedule is detailed below.
Ambleside Father Christmas Cruise & Christmas Lights Switch-On 2016 Schedule:
Throughout the day - Refreshments inc. BBQ available in the school playground in Vicarage Road organised by Ambleside Sports Association.
10:00am to 12noon - Grand Christmas Fair in aid of Cancer Care at the Kelsick Centre, St.Mary's Lane. Coffee and home made biscuits £1.
10.30am - The first Steamer provided by Windermere Lake Cruises will be ready for boarding at Waterhead.
12 noon - Market Cross stalls open and the entertainment begins.
1.30pm - The second Steamer will be ready for boarding at Waterhead.
2.00pm - Steamer leaves Waterhead Pier in search of Santa.
3.30pm - Steamer returns to Waterhead with Santa on board.
4.00pm (approx) - Santa begins his sleigh ride to the Ambleside town centre.
4.15pm - The lantern procession departs from Gables Hotel.
4.55pm (approx) - The lantern procession returns to Gables Hotel - refreshments available at the Primary School en route to Rothay Park.
5.15 to 5.45pm (approx) - Firework display in Rothay Park, Ambleside organised by the Lions Club
Ambleside Father Christmas Cruise & Christmas Lights Switch On - Your Events Guide for Ambleside