Santa, Elsa and Anna (from the Disney film Frozen) were just a few of the many visitors that attended the Christmas light switch-on in Kendal on Sunday (16th November).
Festive stalls, live music and the traditional reindeer sleigh procession entertained the crowds. A Santa Dash also raised £1000 for charity.
Click here to visit the Kendal Christmas lights switch-on Facebook page.
In Penrith thoughts are already turning to Christmas! In the town's Tourist Information Centre you can not only do some Christmas shopping but also help to raise millions of pounds for charities. Kate Walby reports.
The improving weather has meant a boost at the tills at the Gretna Gateway Outlet Village. The stores are much busier than yesterday, where shoppers stayed away from the open air mall due to the adverse conditions.
Both the main and overflow car park have been full for much of the day and 2013 is on course to be the busiest ever year for the centre.
The number of visitors to The Lanes shopping centre in Carlisle dropped by almost 100,000 people compared to the same time last year.
Nearly 760,00 visited the centre between December 1st and Christmas Eve this year. In 2012, the figure was 872,000.
Commercial Director David Jackson puts it down to changing shopping habits and increased online sales.
Shoppers in Cumbria and the south of Scotland have been braving the bad weather as they hit the Christmas sales.
New research from Begbies Traynor, an independent business recovery practice, suggests many shops need it.
It says 151 UK retailers are now facing "critical" financial problems, up 8% from the last quarter of 2012, while the number of retail businesses with "significant" financial issues rose by 15% to 15,792.
The number of shops in each sector experiencing "significant" distress has become worse in second hand stores and market stalls, followed by food, drink and tobacco retailers, electrical goods merchants and clothing and footwear retailers.
More bad weather is predicted to sweep across the region today.
It follows flooding in the Scottish Borders and across West Cumbria yesterday and over the weekend.
Train services were disrupted and are expected to be affected again today.
Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party has sent his best wishes to the nation this Christmas.
He said that although most of us will be off work and with family this festive period we should think of those who are not:
With strong winds and snow forecast. Localised flooding has affected some areas.
A Met Office Yellow (be aware) warning for wind remains in place for the region until midnight tonight. This could lead to debris on roads. .
The A7 south of Hawick has closed to due a landslip. BEAR Scotland and the Council are at the incident and are working to get the road re-opened. Flooding has also resulted in two minor road closures:
· WB6401 Eckford-Morebattle road at Caverton Mill
· B712 around Drumelzier
Willie Rennie, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, has released his Christmas message for supporters.
He urges us all to reflect on the last year and take some time to make a special effort to reach out to others this Christmas.
Shoppers in Carlisle have been out in force to grab last minute Christmas presents.
Some stores started sales early in a bid to draw in customers, but shop owners say a lot of people are still being quite reserved when it comes to spending.