Posted Friday October 19, 2018 by Melissa Reilly



The Lanark Winterfest Programme 2018, produced by Lanark Community Development Trust, has been launched with details of over 40 festive events taking place in Lanark during November and December.

Highlight events of this year’s Winterfest include the popular Christmas Market & Light Switch-On on Saturday 17th November, the Illuminated Lanimer Parade & Late-Night Shopping on Friday 23rd November, and the Festive Taste of Lanark on Saturday 15th December.

Many community groups and local venues are participating in this year’s Winterfest, including: Lanark Panto Club; New Lanark World Heritage Site; The Tolbooth; Lanark Memorial Hall; Lanark Amateur Musical Society; The Harry Smith Complex, The Clydesdale Inn, Greyfriars Church; St Nicholas Church; Christ Church and St Mary’s Church.

Copies of the calendar will be distributed to Lanark homes, in local venues and a full timetable of events and PDF download is available by clicking here or scrolling below.

This year’s Winterfest Programme includes lots of exciting new additions to the popular festive events.

The Christmas Market on 17th November will feature a new ‘Local Crafter Corner’ with a series of stalls located at the top of the North Vennel (by Subway) selling a range of crafts and goods made by local crafters.

For the first time, the Illuminated Lanimer Parade on 23rd November will be led by a Fire Eater – a spectacular not to be missed. It’s also a chance to see some of this year’s Lanimer Lorries and Characters again, as well as enjoying late-night shopping until 8.30pm with many local shops offering special deals.

The ‘Festive Taste Trail’ will be launched at this year’s Festive Taste of Lanark event on 15th December, giving locals the chance to go on a treasure hunt around the town, enjoying tasty bites and free samples along the way.

This year will also see the launch of ‘Made in Lanark’, a new Creative Collective promoting unique crafts made in Lanark with a Facebook Shopping Showcase on Sunday 18th November.

Throughout the whole of Winterfest, businesses in the High Street will be invited to participate in a festive window competition, and children will be able to take part in the Santa Trail, spotting Santas hiding in local shop windows.

The Winterfest Programme has been produced by Lanark Community Development Trust since 2015, and it has grown in popularity ever since with more festive events being added every year for the community to enjoy. Winterfest is part of the Development Trust’s ‘Lanark Festivals’ project, which also includes FlowerFest at Castlebank Park, taking place from 10-12 May 2019.

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