Make a note in your diary to visit Santa’s favourite pre-Christmas event – The Laxey Christmas Market!

Santa’s gearing up for his favourite festive event – the fabulous Laxey Christmas Market – which takes place in the village over the weekend of November 28th and 29th from 10am both days.

Centred around the wonderful Working Men’s Institute in the heart of the village and the Glen Gardens Pavilion the event has become the Island’s Christmas event that nobody wants to miss.

This year’s market will be even more magical with additional stalls in the Manx Electric Railway station and Christ Church, Laxey, Christmas lighting throughout the village, and festive tunes to get you in the mood!

The Working Men’s Institute is a triumph of community spirit and determination to overcome adversity, after being brought back from near dereliction and turned into one of the Island’s premier community hubs. All the work and fundraising was co-ordinated by a hardy group of village volunteers.

Over two levels the bright and airy halls have been restored and maintained beautifully over recent years by the small volunteer committee. 

The Christmas Fair and Market is The Institute’s major fundraiser of the year, and every single penny raised is used for the upkeep of the building.

During the rest of the year The Institute is a hub for all manner of community events – large and small. It hosts regular music events and gigs which include many of its regular supporters – the Blue Stragglers Blues Nights, Shenanigans Banned and the Jerry Carter jazz band and guests.

The institute is also the venue for a wide variety of weekend workshops including the Wim Hof Workshop, Lovely Greens Soap & Wreath Making, Laxey & Lonan Heritage Trust talks, Dancers Barre ballet, tap and modern classes.

Children’s parties are another speciality of the Institute.

To book the venue for an event, email or telephone 414299.

The full calendar of events and availability can be viewed at or you can find them on Facebook at “the institute.”

Regular group gatherings include: 

Dance n tone – Monday’s 6-7
Circuits – Monday’s & Thursday’s 7-8
Yoga – Tuesday’s 6-7.15
Singing Jo’s- Wednesday 9.30-10.30
Scottish dancing – Wednesday’s 2-4
Dog club – 7-9
Tot group – Friday’s 10-12