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The best ways to spend Christmas in the Lake District

Christmas decorations, festive feasts and maybe even a sprinkling of snow – Christmas in the Lake District is undeniably magical.

Whether you’re seeking a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle or a jam-packed adventure holiday, the Lakes proves to stand the test of time as one of the UK’s most loved destinations.

go walking in a winter wonderland

When staying in the Lakes, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning scenery and winter walks. Whether it’s exploring the caves at Rydal or exploring the shores of the impressive Windermere Lake, one thing’s for sure – breathtaking views are guaranteed.

Though the Lakes looks beautiful in the summertime and gorgeous in the golden season, nothing quite compares to the landscape in the wintertime. A sprinkling of snow on the mountains above to the frost beneath your feet on a crisp winter’s morning, winter in the Lake District is truly something else!

Take a look at some of our favourite walks in the central Lake District, and let us inspire you with a festive outing in the heart of the countryside.


While the winter weather may look fun and inviting up in the fells, it’s always best to check the weather forecast ahead of your visit. If a winter wonderland walk is off the cards due to icy conditions or a smattering of snow, worry not! You can still enjoy some of the most incredible views around from the comfort of ground – or should we say lake – level.

Running 364 days of the year, the Windermere Lake Cruises offer an affordable, and entertaining, method of transportation, while all you have to do is sit back and soak up the views. With piers at Ambleside, Bowness-on-Windermere and Lakeside, you have the freedom to explore the best of the Lakes with little to no driving required.

Nothing feels quite so festive as witnessing the snowy mountains, secluded wooded islands and still chilled waters on England’s largest lake. So, head to the pier if magnificent scenery is your thing – but don’t forget your big coat, scarf and gloves!


If there’s one thing us Brits can appreciate more than anything, it’s a proper pub!

From soaking up the bustling atmosphere during happy hour to sitting toasty by the roaring fire after a day in the fells, visiting a cracking pub can really be a great finish to a great day.

Most pubs in the area will don their Christmas decorations throughout the month of December, in addition to offering some amazing seasonal dishes to their menu, or a full-blown festive feast.

In need of some pub recommendations? Take a look at our handy blog on the 5 cosiest pubs in Ambleside and Grasmere.


Fizz, miniature festive fancies and savoury feasts – what better way to get in the Christmas spirit? If you’re enjoying a child-free getaway, treat yourself to the height of sophistication (so they say) with a delightful dining experience.

From seasonally-inspired scones to perfectly presented pastries, a festive afternoon tea serves as as much of a feast for the eyes as it is for the tastebuds.

If you’re looking for some of the best festive afternoon teas in the Lake District, look no further than the likes of the Madonald Old England Hotel, The Wild Boar and the Daffodil Hotel, who have perfected their culinary craft.


The Lake District, jam-packed with quaint, charming villages and market towns, is a hub for independent shops and businesses to thrive. From locally grafted goods and artwork, to handmade toiletries, trinkets and sweet souvenirs, it’s the perfect destination to pick up that one-of-a-kind present.

Ambleside, Windermere and Grasmere boast a number of local traders, stores and stalls, making that typically stress-inducing Christmas shopping an absolute breeze.

In Ambleside, you’ll find a gift so suit any recipient, including Detail Retail for those quaint and quirky gifts, Fred’s Ambleside Bookshop for the bookworms among us, and the Old Bank House Chocolate Shop for the chocaholics!

In Grasmere, how about a Herdy souvenir for the Lakes lovers, a piece of art from the Lakes Art shop, or The Attic for all of your homeware and gifting needs.

Cosy up by the roaring fire

After a day of exploring the wonders of the Lakes, nothing quite beats cosying up by a roaring log burner with a cup of hot chocolate. Except, perhaps, curling up by the fire after soaking up the atmosphere from your toasty hot tub, that is!

At both Fox Corner and Mary’s Corner, you can enjoy full use of your own private patio complete with a fully heated hot tub – the perfect tonic to ease those tired legs. Afterwards, your fully furnished home from home in the Lakes contains everything you could possibly need, so you can enjoy the most comfortable stay.

PS – Don’t forget to enjoy with a serving of Grasmere Gingerbread, too!

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