Windermere hosted its third successful Christmas Celebration last weekend despite challenging circumstances.
Thousands of residents and visitors braved wind and rain on the Saturday and bustled shoulder to shoulder on a very busy, sunny Sunday. The event hosted over thirty stalls featuring local Christmas Craft as well as food and drink, all complemented by street performers and live music. The community event’s Santa Grotto has never been so busy with hundreds of children completing the Elf Trail around the event.
But the event wasn’t without unique challenges. With very little notice the provider of gazebos was no longer able to deliver or collect the stalls and then gusts of wind over 30mph postponed the start of the event. Organisers praise the teams at McClures and Mountain Goat for saving the day with members of staff working overnight to make sure the event still went ahead.
The only complaint was that people couldn’t get into packed local cafes, something the organisers say is a great sign of hitting a key target to bring people into the Town.
This year the Grinch once again tried to put people off coming to the event telling people in a series of online videos to stay away. Those who ignored his warnings were met at the event with green grumpiness being sternly told not smile, laugh or enjoy themselves.
Organisers Windermere Tourist Information, Mountain Goat and Ben Berry wanted to thank everyone involved with Event Director Kate Barton saying:
“This event wouldn’t be possible without our kind sponsors, our hard working marshals and the people of Windermere who host and support us. This year was another fantastic success because of the huge team effort. Thank you to everyone who came out to support us!”