Forget Lapland, there’s nothing better than Burnley over the Festive season. If you’re spending your Christmas out and about in town, then we’ve got the lowdown on the best places to eat, drink and be merry.

The Landmark Christmas Festival 

Whilst we’re all familiar with the famous Manchester Christmas markets, you can save yourself the trek and stay in town – on Saturday 21st, Burnley is getting its very own set of festive stalls. They’re also indoors, which means festive fun without the chattering teeth and layers of hats, scarves and coats. Burnley’s Christmas Festival is located at The Landmark, a prestigious tech-hub which opened about a year ago.

There will food to satisfy any cravings you have, including deli snacks, wood-fired pizza and homemade sweets – as well as live music from local musicians like The Downtown Band and Furious Styles. If that isn’t enough to put you in the Christmas spirit, there will also be a Santa’s Workshop. You can never be too old to believe in Father Christmas.

You know it’s going to be a good one, as they’ve only gone and got Madge ‘the man of many festivals’ to organise it!

Where? The Landmark, 1 School Ln, BB11 1UF

When? Saturday 21st December, 12pm – 8pm

John Dehhan and Madge Nawaz standing in front of Landmark Bar


Even if you’re not a fan of ol’ St. Nick, there’s no denying that Mad Friday is one of the best parts of Christmas. Named so due to the amount of parties, events and shopping sprees that happen on the last Friday before Crimbo, in our opinion the place to be on 20th December is at the newly opened Gallery at Creative Arts.

Fan-favourite MeLeon is hosting his very own performance night, with musical appearances from JShort and Angelo One3 as well as local illustrators, painters and artists. This is a party is one you don’t want to miss.

Where? The Gallery at Creative Arts, 33 St James’s St, BB11 1PP

When? Friday 20th December 8pm- 2am

Meleon rapping on stage

Credit: Joe Lord

Alternative Christmas, The Shift Café

Every year, Wayne Walsh from the Shift Café opens his doors to host the ‘Alternative Christmas. Perfect for those who don’t fancy sitting at home in front of the Queen’s Speech or are looking for somewhere to meet their mates for a drink and a Christmas catch-up.

If that isn’t enough to float your boat, the Shift Café will also have a local charity who support men’s needs on hand if you need a bit of a boost over the winter period.

Besides, the food is always delish and there’s always great entertainment. Will we see you there?

Where? The Shift Café above the Swan Pub, 44 St James’s St, BB11 1NQ

When? Christmas Day, 2pm – Midnight


Little Barista 

We’re not discriminating here – there’s loads of festively decorated cafés and restaurants spread across town that we’d more than love to (and will!) feature. However, Little Barista is its own Winter Wonderland in the heart of town, and we can’t help but feel all warm inside when we go for a hot chocolate.

The ultra-cosy, family-owned coffee shop offers some of the best festive brews around – and they’re all organic and Fairtrade, what could be better than that? So, whether you’ve come in to take shelter from the December cold with an Egg Nog Spiced Chai or one of their seriously unreal Gingerbread Lattes (or you just want to marvel at their incredibly cool upside-down tree) Little Barista is the place to be. You might as well – it is Christmas, after all!

Need some convincing? Head over to their Facebook page to see some of the festive frolicks that Little Barista get up to…

Cake stand

Festive Tipples 

But what if you’re snowed in? Or what about Christmas day? Which Christmas-themed drinks should you be consuming from the safety of your own home this December? Batch Gin’s Limited Edition Christmas Gin is brewed right here in Burnley and no Christmas drink could be more appropriate than one distilled with actual frankincense and myrrh. Combined with traditional Christmas spices and berries, this Brew is certain to get you in the Christmas “spirit”. Get your hands on this limited edition Christmas Gin by becoming a Batch Brew member for just £25.

We can’t not give a shout out to the tried and tested Bene ‘n’ Hot – even if you’re not at Turf, this Benedictine and hot water combo is drunk more in Burnley than anywhere else in the world (true story). Perfect for a winter’s night for those that are sick of mulled wine.

Christmassy Walks

Did you know the Burnley Borough is 80% rural? As we’re breaking up from college or university or work, there’s nothing wrong with taking a break from your smartphone and breathing in in a good amount of East Lancashire wilderness.

To one side of town we’ve got our beloved Pendle Hill, which looks gorgeous covered with light, powdery snow. To the other side, there’s the wonderful (and iconic) Singing Ringing Tree, a structure made as part of the Pendle Panopticons that makes a unique ringing noise when the wind blows through the sculpture. Both are easily Instagram-worthy locations.

Okay, maybe we’ll let you pick your phones back up for a few snaps here and there – especially if it snows.

Frosty grass and singing ringing tree

Whatever you choose to do in December, Burnley Social wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.