‘Tis the season to be jolly, and there's plenty going on to get you into the festive spirit in the Lake District, Cumbria. Christmas markets, food and drink, cosy places to stay and spectacular landscapes: we’ve got all you need for the yuletide season. Read on to learn more about why the Lake District, Cumbria, is the perfect place to be this Christmas.

Discover Festive Food & Drink

Get a taste of a great Cumbrian Christmas, with our festive food and drink. Relax and enjoy hearty dishes in country pubs; treat yourself to a pre-Christmas treat at a fine dining restaurant; and pick up local produce to take home with you. Why not try a festive Afternoon Tea, for a seasonal spin on a great British classic?

For a great festive day out, Taste Cumbria Christmas takes place in Cockermouth on the 10 – 11 December. This popular food festival features live music, a festive market, and (of course) lots to eat and drink!

Festive afternoon tea

Photo: Festive Afternoon Tea at The Merewood Country House Hotel

Relax with Great Places to Stay

Whether you want to relax with a luxurious spa retreat, or spend the day hiking on the fells, we’ve got you covered. There are plenty of accommodation options to choose from in the Lake District, Cumbria. Enjoy a winter break in the countryside and reconnect with friends and family: there’s everything from self catering cottages and glamping to B&Bs and hotels. We’ve got some fantastic special offers on accommodation this winter, too.

Fancy spending Christmas day in the Lake District, Cumbria? There are festive packages offering accommodation plus delicious food and drink - so you can leave the hard work to someone else while you relax and enjoy the day!

Skiddaw Hotel Keswick

Photo: The Skiddaw Hotel, Keswick

Christmas Shopping, Sorted!

Our towns and villages are looking stunning in all their festive finery, with Christmas lights and decorations aplenty. As well as their sparkling appearance, they’re also the perfect place to do some Christmas shopping! Shop local this year, and give unique gifts they’re sure to love.

Carlisle Christmas Shopping

Image: Carlisle | Carlisle City Council

Get into the spirit with Christmas Events

The Lake District, Cumbria is a hub of activity during the festive season; with shopping, pantomime, arts and crafts workshops and more. Wrap up warm, grab a mulled wine, and browse locally made gifts at a Cumbrian Christmas market. Catch a show at the theatre - there are plenty of festive productions to choose from. Check out what’s on this Christmas and plan your perfect trip to the Lakes.

Photo: Cinderella at The Forum Theatre, Barrow

Explore our Festive Landscapes & Attractions

The phrase ‘walking in a winter wonderland’ is brought to life in our beautiful landscapes. Stroll along countryside paths surrounded by Lakeland fells; set sail on lake cruises as you admire the scenery from the water; visit magical castles all decked out for Christmas; and marvel at the majesty of our natural beauty, from coast to countryside. Our attractions are decorated for Christmas too, making this an incredibly scenic time to visit.

Keswick in Winter

Shop the Virtual Christmas Market

If you can’t join us in person, we’ve got the perfect way to get Cumbrian gifts delivered straight to your door! Discover our Virtual Christmas Market, packed with local gifts including food, drink, accommodation, experiences and more. Support our local businesses while getting your Christmas shopping sorted – it’s a win-win!

Virtual Cumbrian Christmas Market




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