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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

Overwater Hall Hotel

Overwater Hall Hotel

Grade II Listed building, peacefully secluded in 18 acres of grounds on the Back O'Skiddaw. Relaxed friendly care and personal, attentive service. Excellent reputation for food. Open log fire in winter.

Lyzzick Hall Hotel

Lyzzick Hall Hotel

Beautiful Lakeland stone 19thC building in exquisite gardens. Spectacular mountain views with immediate access to superb walks and forest trails. Located on a lower slope of Skiddaw mountain.

Wansfell Holme BnB Holiday Lets

Wansfell Holme BnB Holiday Lets

A beautiful period home, dating from 1837, in a perfect location close to the shoreline of Lake Windermere and on the lower slopes of Wansfell.

George and Dragon

George and Dragon

The George and Dragonis a beautifully restored 18thC coaching inn situated in a quiet village near Penrith. The restaurant and pub serves fresh, seasonal produce from the owners family estate as well as a range of excellent wines and ales.

Burnside Park

Burnside Park

Set in the heart of the Lake District National Park, in mature gardens, yet only 300 metres from the promenade, steamer piers and bustling village centre of Bowness-on-Windermere.

Wateredge Inn

Wateredge Inn

Delightfully situated family-run inn on the shores of Windermere at Waterhead Bay. Enjoy country inn style dining, freshly prepared bar meals, real ales and fine wines all served overlooking the lake.

The Travellers Rest

The Travellers Rest Inn

An original 16thC coaching inn on the outskirts of Grasmere village, The Travellers Rest epitomizes the traditional Lakeland inn.

Willow Cottage

Willow Cottage

A beautifully presented cottage/apartment on the ground floor of an 18thC converted barn in the picturesque hamlet of Hartsop.

Cazenovia Hall

Cazenovia Hall

Historic, luxury restoration of sandstone barn into four ensuite bedroom accommodation with private garden and parking. Log burner, garden furniture, Weber BBQ and dining room table with convertible billiards table. 4 oven Aga and hob.

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Briardale Cottage

This charming stone-built cottage is one of six in a short, early 20thC terrace set in a little cul-de-sac close to the centre of Ambleside and handy for all the village amenities.

Bawd Hall

Bawd Hall

Luxury country house with superb views. Excellent walking area 15 minutes from Keswick. Five bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, large lounge, open fire, garden room, large kitchen/dining room, utility, CH, double-glazing and cycle storage.

Briery Wood Country House Hotel

Briery Wood Country House Hotel

Moments from the eastern shores of Lake Windermere and set in seven acres of beautiful secluded gardens and woodland lies Briery Wood. The informal and friendly service is so good you’ll hardly notice it.

Lyndale Guest House

Lyndale Guest House

Lyndale Guesthouse is nestled midway between lake Windermere and Ambleside village with superb views of Loughrigg fell and the Langdales beyond. Lake Windermere is 5 minutes stroll away.

The Lakeside Hotel and Spa

The Lakeside Hotel and Spa

Lakeside Hotel, the best 4 star hotel on the shores of Windermere, offers you a unique location on the water's edge. It is a classic traditional Lakeland Hotel, personally owned and managed and in a delightful setting.

Shelt Gill

Shelt Gill

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

 Woodman's Cottage

Thornthwaite Farm

Thornthwaite Farm is set amidst the beautiful scenery of the Woodland Valley. We have four cottages including our 4 star VisitEngland Gold Award barn conversion and a handbuilt Log Cabin all with stunning views of the Lakeland fells.

Keswick Country House Hotel

The Keswick Country House Hotel

A short walk away from the market town of Keswick and Derwentwater Lake, the Keswick Country House Hotel is set in 4 acres of landscaped gardens. The hotel has a Victorian conservatory and cocktail bar, as well as a beautiful restaurant.

Kirkbride Hall

Kirkbride Hall

Traditional, luxury sandstone longhouse. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, downstairs cloakroom. Log burner in living room, doors open onto large garden, Weber BBQ and garden furniture. Bosch appliances and American style fridge freezer in kitchen.

Carus House

Carus House

A beautiful house located at Carus Green Golf Course. Luxurious self catering accommodation for up to ten people in Kendal and only a short drive to Windermere and the Lake District National Park

The Lake House

The Lake House

A glorious apartment sleeping 5 people, with direct access to the shore of Lake Windermere via it's own jetty and pebble beach

The new 2019 Lake District, Cumbria Calendar.

The Perfect Christmas gift, featuring 12 breathtaking seasonal scenes from around the county.
If you love the Lakes, this is for you.

Only £9.99. Buy yours here

The Golakes Card - great discounts for winter visits

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.

Find out more

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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