Kendal Town Council

Kendal’s ‘Mountain & Sky Christmas Lights Switch On’ Success!

Kendal’s ‘Mountain & Sky Christmas Lights Switch on’ was enjoyed by many this year thanks to a new approach with Kendal Mountain Festival and Cumbria Dark Skies.

Celebrations started at the Festival’s Basecamp, at Abott Hall Park, where everyone was welcomed with short films and the official opening of the Mountain Festival by national climbing treasure Leo Holding.

Led by stunning winter wonders on stilts and the wonderful marching band, Giata, a walking procession then left basecamp and headed up the riverside towards Market Place.

Carols from Amabile Choir and a talk from Dark Skies Cumbria then took centre stage before the Mayor officially switched on the Christmas Lights. The free santa sleigh and tea cup ride was in full swing throughout delighting many children.

To close the event, Kendal was treated to a first in its Market Place – a performance from Andrei Burton a mountain bike extraordinaire who impressed crowds with his tricks and encouraged kids to dare him to go higher…

Huge thanks to all Kendal Town Council staff and Councillors, partners and volunteer marshals who made this event possible, we’re already looking forward to switch-on 2023!