The Lake District is well-known for its beautiful landscape, picturesque towns and villages, and abundant wildlife. It’s no surprise then, that it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, attracting around 18.5 million visitors each year.

However, the majority of these visits tend to occur in the peak summer season, with tourists opting for bright days of fell walking, afternoons spent eating ice cream, and cool nights in the plentiful pub gardens in the region.

This means many visitors miss out on the chance to see the Lake District at its most beautiful, with snow-capped mountains, misty lakes, and frosty fells taking over the landscape during the winter months.

Here, we’ve found three reasons why you should opt for a Christmas break in the Lakes during the holiday season, so you can make the most of this magical place.

The food

The culinary delights found within the region are perhaps one of the best reasons to visit the Lake District during the festive holidays.

While the restaurants and pubs are great all year round, they really come into their own during the winter months, with roaring fires, cosy rooms, and hearty food to be found throughout the area.

Whether you opt for some fine dining from the three Michelin starred restaurants in the Lake District, or choose a more traditional pub nestled in the surrounding villages, you can be sure to find some real, British food to enjoy.

Be sure to sample some of the region’s delicacies, including Cumberland sausage, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, and Herdwick lamb.

The festive events

The Lake District is a hive of activity during the festive season, with lots of Christmas events taking place across the region.

With Christmas markets on offer in many of the quaint market towns, they provide the perfect opportunity to purchase some artisan wares and try some local produce, including the famous Grasmere Gingerbread, which makes a great gift for loved ones.

Alternatively, catch a local carol service or a screening of the beautiful festive ballet The Nutcracker for a more traditional seasonal activity.

For those visiting with children, the Christmas events at Muncaster Castle and Ravenglass and Eskdale railway make perfect activities for little ones.

 

The accommodation

Finally, the wide range of accommodation on offer for a Christmas break makes the Lake District the perfect winter destination.

Many of the award-winning hotels offer festive packages for the holiday season, such as the Lake District Country Hotels, who offer a Christmas package that includes accommodation, festive food, a Boxing Day cruise, and plenty of refreshments. Not only do you get a slice of luxury, you also get a great deal.

Alternatively, renting a log cabin could be the perfect choice for those with a family or those wanting to stay for a longer period. With roaring fires, hot tubs, a whole host of amenities, and modern furnishings, log cabins are a great base from which to explore the beauties of the region.

We hope this has given you some inspiration for your Christmas break in the Lakes and provides just a small glimpse of what’s on offer in the region this h

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