Release Date: 27 Nov 2019

As the home of two World Heritage Sites, there’s no better place than the Lake District, Cumbria to experience Christmas and the winter season in 2019.

With dark skies filled with stars, frosty walks in abundance, crackling log fires and plenty of Christmas events to keep you feeling festive, The Lake District, Cumbria is the perfect location for you and your loved-ones to embrace the winter season, Christmas and the New Year in style.

For unique festive experiences which will help you soak-up the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of this magical time of year, here are our top 10 suggestions – and then some!

1. Blow your own bauble!

Every Christmas tree should have at least one bauble with a backstory – so why not blow your own? Ulverston’s Cumbria Crystal offers visitors the chance to create their very own decoration under the watchful eye of a glass-blowing instructor.

Use your own lung-power to inflate the molten glass before adding the finishing touch of a glass hook so it can be hung proudly in your house. Just don’t drop it on the way home.

2. Forest Bathing

There’s no more peaceful time of year to enjoy the tranquillity of Cumbria’s woodland than the winter – so why not make this year the time you try forest bathing for the first time in locations like the picturesque Whinlatter Forest?

More than just a self-guided walk among the trees, visitors are urged to make extra effort to use all five senses to experience the surrounding natural world and feel at-one with it. Warning: This experience is best enjoyed in complete silence!

3. Star of wonder, star of night

Darker nights are upon us – but that’s no reason to hide-away!

The Lake District, Cumbria is an ideal location from which to spend the days exploring the famous landscape; and the nights admiring the beauty of the heavens.

With more than 1,000 stars visible on a clear night here, the sparkle is also complimented by part of our own galaxy, The Milky Way, which majestically stretches across the night sky.

4. Walk in the shadow of the Earl


Formerly home to the Earl of Lonsdale, the grade 1 listed Askham Hall and Gardens will come alive with the sights and sounds of a traditional festive market this Christmas with more than 50 stalls taking residence in the grounds of this 13th hideaway on the border of the Lake District National Park (December 8).

5. Enjoy the high-life this winter

Experience Christmas at 3,000 feet while getting educated in winter skills on the 950 metre-tall Helvellyn – all under the watchful eye of Lake District National Park mountain rangers.

Participants will be joined by a Fell Top Assessor who will teach guests the art of staying in one piece while taking on winter walking – all in the vicinity of the Lake District’s famous Striding Edge, throughout the season.

6. Get festive in the City of the Lakes


See in Christmas where the city and the countryside go hand in hand at Carlisle, the city of the Lakes.

Away from the larger cities, an impressive Christmas Market (November 30 to December 8) means you’ll have plenty of time to make your mind up about what gifts to pick up.

7. Spend Christmas in Peter Rabbit’s homeland

How about spending Christmas among the landscape that inspired Beatrix Potter to write the tales of a certain rabbit who you may have heard of…

The Hawkshead Christmas Fair offers a picture-perfect and traditional Christmas experience in this stunning Lake District village on the western side of Windermere. The fair and its accompanying Beer Festival is the perfect place to eat, drink, and of course, be merry (December 7&8).

8. Wonderful Windermere


Just five minutes from England’s longest lake, the Windermere Christmas Celebration is back for the third year in a row, offering shoppers the chance to pick up seasonal gifts and hot food before topping off the trip with a cruise on Windermere itself. Delicious offerings will be available across the weekend with live music and on-street entertainment adding to the merry atmosphere (December 14 & 15).

9. Christmas collides for three counties

Pop-up wooden chalets set the scene at the Kirkby Lonsdale Christmas Fair Weekend, where every stall resembles a grotto!

The annual festive gathering takes place just off the M6, uniquely placed on the Cumbria-Yorkshire-Lancashire border (December 6, 7 & 8).

10. Enjoy more Michelin-star Christmas dinners

Cumbria boasts more Michelin stars for the quality of its dining experiences than anywhere else north of London!

With seven restaurants enjoying a total of eight stars altogether, this is the best place to enjoy a Christmas dinner. Alternatively, take your taste buds to the village of Cartmel for its annual Christmas Food Market. Sure to satisfy the festive foodie in all of us, the home of Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding promises to offer a festive treats experience like no other (November 29).

…And so much more!

Frost or snow-covered mountain tops are a common sight at this time of year – and you won’t have to pinch yourself to check to see if you’re dreaming! Smoking chimneypots and steaming hot chocolate are the order of the season – enjoyed from a hot-tub or while staring through the eye of a telescope at the silky moon up in the night sky.

Hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs, campsites and self-catering cottages all await you and your family this winter – many of which have special discounts available for visitors looking for a last-minute seasonal break. Take a look at our bookable accommodation special offers right here!

With countless adventure activities on offer that you’ll never forget, some may even change the way you look at life. So, as time is short, why wait for the getaway of a lifetime when you could be experiencing life-enriching opportunities right now? With careful planning, you can pack in several activities into a break into just three-days, or even just a single weekend. Check out what’s on offer, here.
Of course, these are just a few examples of what’s on offer in The Lake District, Cumbria, with loads more information about how you can make the most of the cooler months online. Just point your mouse (or tap your finger) at our life-enriching experiences, here

Getting here

This is the easy part! Travel from Belfast City Airport to Carlisle Lake District Airport directly with Loganair.

For more ideas and inspiration about how to make the most of the winter in The Lake District, Cumbria, check out www.golakes.co.uk.

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