How to Make the Most of Christmas in the Lake District

Posted December 15, 2021 by in Lifestyle

Christmas can be a magical time, and for some people it’s a great time to get out and explore.  Christmas breaks in the Lake District, when you can combine the festive fun of the Christmas season with the truly stunning landscape, are particularly magical. Whether you are looking to spend the festive season away from home, a long weekend or just take a short overnight break there are some spectacular inns and hotels with real log fires, spectacular views and fantastic food just waiting to help you celebrate this festive season. 

Imagine a Christmas break where each morning begins with the sun rising over a cold and crisp winter’s landscape. A brisk walk could start off this perfect morning with beautiful wintery scenery along the way. There is, of course, more to the Lake District than just walking, although this might be hard to believe, so let’s take a look at how you could make the most of a Christmas break in the region:

Christmas Markets

Whilst the origins of the Christmas market can be traced back to the medieval period in Germany, they are rapidly becoming incredibly popular elsewhere in Europe and in particular in the UK. They are traditionally hosted to mark the start of the advent period and are a great place to find a range of stalls selling a selection of gift ideas. There is often music as well and food stalls often showcasing either local foods or traditional German delicacies. 

Whilst most people only expect to see Christmas markets in bigger cities and towns they can be found all over the Lake District and are often organised to coincide with other Christmas events, making it possible to make a real day out of it all. 

This could be a great opportunity to try some local produce and even pick up some unique last minute Christmas presents for the person who has everything.


Just because the Lake District is full of hills doesn’t mean you have to take strenuous walks to enjoy it. There are plenty of walks along the edges of some of the lakes that are beautiful to take and much flatter so can be enjoyed by almost everyone. In fact, there are a surprising number of walks that are suitable for families, including those with a child in a pushchair.

If you do fancy doing something a little more undulating, then winter is in fact a great time to walk in the Lake District as the ground is often frostier which makes it sturdier underfoot. Whilst you certainly can’t take a pushchair, even an all-terrain one, on many of these walks they are doable with a baby carrier, and there are a good many shops around Cumbria that sell ones specifically designed for walking. There is something rather magical about walking in the colder weather and it can make a steaming mug of hot chocolate and a slice of cake afterwards taste even better. 

Go To the Theatre

It might surprise you to know that there are actually quite a few theatres in the Lake District. Each offers a superb range of fantastic productions throughout the year. These are mostly smaller theatres offering a really fantastic, and intimate, theatre experience. Christmas is a great time to visit the theatre and treat yourself to a showing of a play, or even a pantomime, to get you in the festive mood.

Of course, with so many fantastic restaurants in the Lake District you really should make a special evening of it and take in a meal and a show as a special treat. 

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