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Christmas & New year in the Lake District

Christmas and New Year in the Lake District, Cumbria is a magical time. With snow-peaked mountains and the peaceful serenity of the lakes, the landscape takes on a spectacular winter beauty.

Get into the festive spirit and book your holiday break to experience the magical winter landscape, great food, and many Christmas and New Year celebrations that the area has to offer.

The Lake District is well known for the quality of the food available, with so many top restaurants, many of which source ingredients locally produced here in Cumbria. What better way to make your Christmas and New Year break special than to book into one of the excellent restaurants in the area. Wine, dine and see in the New Year in style.


Short breaks over the Christmas period



Set in a picturesque market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, Plato's is a 5* boutique bar and restaurant with luxury bedrooms and a self-catering loft apartment.

Meadow Bank

Meadow Bank

A stunning property for 10 people in the heart of Elterwater village in the Langdales. Comfortable, spacious accommodation in a great location and with stunning views.

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Fairview Flat 3

This modern first floor apartment, one of only four, offers an excellent base from which to explore the Lake District whilst enjoying the fine amenities that Bowness has to offer throughout the year

Treetops Self Catering Flat

Woodclose Caravan Park - Self Catering

Set in the beautiful valley of the River Lune between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, Woodclose Park is a quiet and serene place standing in a slight hollow leading down to the spectacular Devil's Bridge.

Lazy Bay Cottage

Lazy Bay Cottage

Capturing the very essence of the Lake District this conveniently located contemporary cottage has been beautifully refurbished to provide a truly sophisticated Lakeland retreat.

Fullwith House

Fulwith House

Fulwith House is a 4 bed-roomed property that sleeps up to 8 people and has been done to a very high standard, with everything you will need for your holiday.


Rydal Hall Bunkhouse

Set in over thirty acres of garden, woodland and natural beauty in he Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rydal Hall is the ideal venue for retreats, events, activity weekends or just a family holiday.

Keswick Holiday Homes

Keswick Holiday Homes

We have been providing a personal booking service for a small selection of independently owned self-catering holiday properties in the heart of Keswick since 1987.


Idle Mill 2

5 star Ambleside accommodation at its finest and most fabulous, with penthouse views from rooms and viewing balcony. Idle Mill is a traditional mill building, displaying a handsome combination of Lakeland stone and glass.

Hill of Oaks and Blakeholme Caravans

Hill of Oaks & Blakehome - Touring

5* Holiday Park offering excellent facilities and self-catering stone conversions for weekly let. Lakeshore access and boat launching on Windermere.


Ghyll View

A spacious apartment on two floors in a corner position at The Falls, Ghyll View will be popular with those looking for a good location with ample opportunities for walking and touring in the heart of the National Park.

Shelt Gill

Shelt Gill

Shelt Gill is a medieval cruck cottage with dry stone walls, modernised to make a cosy character holiday home.

Kings Arms

Kings Arms

The famous Kings Arms Inn is a friendly, family-run, village centre Inn. Good food, real ales and warm surroundings make this 500 year old inn an ideal stopover in the historic village of Hawkshead. Children and pets welcome.

Gill Beck Barn

Gill Beck Barn

Luxury restoration of sandstone barn into three ensuite bedroom accommodation (2 downstairs), open plan dining kitchen with 2 oven Aga and hob, log burner, garden furniture, Weber BBQ, private garden and parking. Walkers paradise.

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Wood Farm Self-Catering Cottages

Barn conversion situated in rural area close to Lorton Vale with easy access to Keswick and Cockermouth.

Stag Cottage

Stag Cottage

Carefully restored 17th century sandstone barn within the grounds of Melmerby Hall. 3 ensuite double bedrooms, 1 on the ground floor. Log burning stove in inglenook fireplace and complimentary logs. Private parking and garden with Weber BBQ

Storrs Hall Hotel

Storrs Hall Hotel

A stunning four star hotel set in 17 acres of grounds on the shores of Lake Windermere.

Waterfoot Park - Glamping Pod

Waterfoot Park - Glamping

Welcome to the world of glamping! We have four heated self-catering Glamping Pods for hire.

Gill Brow Cottage

Gill Brow Cottage

Spacious 3-bedroom cottage, pleasantly situated with superb views, amongst, beautiful mountain scenery in the heart of the Newlands Valley. Five miles from Keswick, 3 miles from Buttermere. Ideal for fell walking or touring.

Castlerigg Hall Caravan & Camping Park

Castlerigg Hall Caravan & Camping Park

Formerly a Lakeland Hill Farm, Castlerigg Hall Caravan & Camping Park occupies one of the finest positions in the Lake District overlooking Derwentwater with breath-taking views of the surrounding fells.

Great Gift Experiences with Golakes

If you are stuck for inspiration for the perfect gift for that someone special, then give a great gift experience this Christmas. We have a selection of perfect gift ideasincluding spa days, meals out and unique treats.

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Golakes Card

The new Golakes Card is here. Offering great discounts to visitors during winter breaks.
Book your accommodation for winter breaks staying before 31st March and receive a FREE Golakes Card.

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Festive Events

Check out the many festive events that are being held across the Lake District and Cumbria this Christmas and New Year.

From Christmas markets and Dickensian festivals to the switch on of Christmas lights and family shows there is something for everyone as you relax and enjoy the Cumbrian Christmas cheer.

Christmas shopping

Visit the best local shopping outlets and suppliers during your stay, and find the perfect gift for your loved ones... or that little treat for yourself!

Cumbria and the Lake District has a wealth of choice for that special gift this Christmas. Find a great selection of artisan gifts made by master craftsmen and deliciously tasty food and drink gifts.

With such choice, you are sure to find something with flair and distinction for your friends and loved ones this Christmas.


Festive food

The Lake District has so much to offer the food lover this Christmas, with a wealth of quality restaurants, pubs and cafes across the county, many using locally sourced produce. From Michelin starred fine dining to a hearty homemade pub meal with a pint of high-quality local ale, the choice and variety is exceptional.

Sample the best of Cumbrian produce by visiting one of the farmer's markets or food festivals taking place this season and remember to visit some of the many purveyors of high quality artisan food and drink across the county - including local gingerbread, artisan bread, exciting local beers and homemade chocolates, not to mention the famous sticky toffee pudding!

Browse some of the food and drink delights on offer in the Lake District this Christmas using the categories below.

Have a magical Christmas in the Lake District

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