Windermere Winter Lights

Santa Cruise and Winter Parade

Santa Cruise and
Evening 'Star' Parade
Saturday 30th November 2013

Santa extravaganza!

The residents in Windermere and Bowness celebrated the start of the festive season in style at the weekend.

After waking to a crisp morning with blue sky and sunshine the day started with the Singing Santa Cruises, aboard a Windermere Lake Cruises Steamer, which saw children entertained by Father Christmas, festive music, ‘Beatrix Potter’ and Peter Rabbit. 

On their return to Bowness Santa and his elf rode off in style round Bowness courtesy of the stunning Booths horse and carriage.

Outside The Queens in Windermere town centre Windermere and Bowness Community Choir performed a fabulous arrangement of tunes created especially for the evening before the Kookaburra All Stars drumming at the Railway Station sounded the arrival of Santa on his Sleigh.

The Windermere Star Parade was the biggest attraction of the day, drawing thousands people to turn out on a perfect November evening; many of whom carried Sparkly Stars made at local schools and children’s groups, to see the town light up. The Kookaburras and Lakeland Radio kept the parade moving to a rhythmic beat while Santa, lead by his Reindeer, sprinkled his magic dust to turn on the lights along the way.

The crowds arrived at Windermere Recreation Ground where they enjoyed traditional mulled wine and mince pies, hot food and sweets which were just a little appetiser to the spectacularly stunning fireworks finale.

Sharon Wright, Chair of Windermere and Bowness Winter Lights committee, said: “It is wonderful to see the community to come together for one evening to celebrate the start of the festive season.

The organisation of the Santa Cruises, Star Parade and lights themselves is hard work for the volunteer committee but it is worth it when you see the towns transformed as the lights are turned on. We very much value the financial and physical support of the local residents to make Parade happen. All profits from the Cruises are used to keep the evening event free for all to enjoy.

We have made many improvements to the lights and are extremely grateful to businesses who have already donated this year who along with Grant giving bodies continue to make our towns light up.

My thanks go out to all the organisations and residents that help us.”

Please note – some
events / timings may be
 subject to change as they are
weather dependant.
Media attend our events – so if
you do not wish to be photo
graphed or filmed, try and stay
away from the cameras!
Please check this website and our Facebook page for updates regarding 2014
Please note that Windermere & Bowness Winter Lights Group accept no liability for incidents while using contracted facilities of Windermere Lake Cruises and Rainbow Fireworks and complimentary services of World of Beatrix Potter or Royalty Cinema.
Schedule of Events
Boarding of Santa Cruises at Bowness Piers.               
Departing promptly at;
10.30am, returning approx 11.30am
12noon, returning approx 1pm
Your Cruise Ticket entitles you to a half hour cartoon show at the Royalty Cinema following your cruise at 12noon or 1.30pm and free entry to the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction
The Parade (which is free) gathers at Windermere Railway Station.                                                      
At 4.30pm the parade leaves the Station and heads down Victoria Street, Crescent Road onto Broad Street to Queen’s Park Recreation Ground
Followed by 
Fireworks display, Queen’s Park Recreation Ground. The Firework Display is free, however, donations are welcome via Marshals with collecting buckets to help make this event happen. Thank you.