Celebrate Christmas In The Lake District

There is nowhere quite like the Lake District in the winter, with some of the most stunning views in the UK on offer and a crisp chill in the air; the Lakes really do have a whole lot to offer during the festive period. From winter walks to a whole host of events and local activities, the Lakes are bustling with things to do on a chilly winter’s day.

We take a closer look at some of the events going on around the Lake District throughout the festive period, as well as some of the activities you will probably want to take part in during your stay in the Lakes.

Winter Walks in The Lakes

You simply cannot visit the Lake District during the winter if you aren’t going to take advantage of one of the many walks in the area. Whilst the walks are beautifully scenic all year round, there is something about the colder months which turns the Lake District into a genuine winter wonderland.

Whether you want to take a scenic stroll by the lake or be a bit more adventurous and tackle one of the many tarns around the area, you are sure to find stunning views around every corner. Clear winter day’s in the lakes offer an unrivalled view of the surrounding areas, especially when you manage to get to the peak of your chosen walk. We suggest taking a comforting flask of hot chocolate, so you can enjoy a well-earned warming drink as you bask in the natural beauty surrounding you, before safely making your decent.

All Aboard The Santa Express

If you are bringing children along to the Lake District during December, you will definitely want to consider taking them on a magical train ride throughout the Lakes with Santa. This 1 hour 20-minute return journey will travel between Haverthwaite and Lakeside; during the trip presents will be given out by Santa to all the children on board, whilst there is a festive treat and seasonal drink on offer for the adults to enjoy.

Throughout the journey, children and parents alike can also enjoy a festive singsong, with a whole host of Christmas carols being played. A fun-filled day is sure to be had, and your children are sure to remember the time they met Santa in the Lakes for the rest of their lives.

The train will run each weekend in December in the run-up to Christmas, with trains running several times throughout each day. There are still tickets available for the 30th November & 1st December, 7th & 8th December and 14th & 15th December, so book now to avoid disappointment!

Windermere Christmas Celebration

Formerly known as the Windermere Christmas Market, the Windermere Christmas Celebration is an exciting family-friendly event which is held on the streets of Windermere each Winter. 2019 will see the 4th annual festive celebration in Windermere; and when the Windermere Christmas Celebration first started back in 2016, over 40 local produce stalls came together, with a Christmas twist. Over the years, the event has grown in popularity and now attracts a large number of visitors from around the country.

You can find a whole host of seasonal gifts, food and drink on offer when you visit the Christmas market, along with plenty of live music and entertainment. If you are visiting with your children, don’t forget to visit Father Christmas and his reindeers!

You can also take to the ice at Windermere's brand new winter Ice Rink - taking place on Friday 13th December at 18:00 - 21:00, Saturday 14th December at 11:00-18:00, and on Sunday 15th December at 10:00-16:00. You will find it located on High Street outside lamplighter dining rooms!

Bookings will be taken online. We do advise to book in advance as spaces are limited. 

You can enjoy some festive Lakes hospitality on Saturday 14th December 2019 between 10am and 6pm and on Sunday 15th December 2019 between 10am and 4pm.

The World Of Beatrix Potter – Father Christmas Tea Party

If you thought that the World of Beatrix Potter couldn’t get any more appealing, you simply must make sure you visit during the festive period. An unforgettable Christmas experience is on offer at this attraction, with a fantastic festive themed party that caters for both adults and children. The Christmas party package includes entrance to a Christmas themed World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, a party lunch for the 12pm event, or an afternoon tea for the 3.30pm event, screening of The Snowman film and a gift will be given to each child when they meet Father Christmas on his sleigh.

Be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment; this event is available on the 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd December at either 12pm or 3.30pm each day.


With so much going on in the Lakes this Christmas, you simply can’t afford to miss out! So, if you are looking for luxury self catering accommodation in the Lake District this Christmas, be sure to browse our wide selection of holiday cottages and apartments in the Lake District




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