7 things to do in the Lake District this Christmas
The Lake District is just as beautiful in winter as it is in summer, some may even argue more so. Perfect for a Christmas time visit, there’s nothing better than snow-topped fells and cosy fires to get you feeling festive! Here are our top events for the Christmas period.
Muncaster Castle – Festive on the Wild Side
Muncaster Castle is offering a joint package with Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, where you and your group can have a full day of magical Christmas-themed activities. Take a guided tour of the yuletide castle and a walk around the festive gardens, enjoy a hearty lunch and a bird of prey display from the Hawk and Owl Centre. Then, you take a steam train to Dalegarth Station for mince pies and mulled wine.
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway – Santa Express
This year the Santa Express returns to the railway. Perfect for families, every child receives a gift from Santa as he makes his way through the train. Parents get a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine to enjoy as the steam train travels through 14 miles of spectacular scenery which includes the fells of the Eskdale valley and ancient woodlands. Santa’s winter grotto awaits you in Dalegarth, where children can meet Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas.
World of Beatrix Potter – Father Christmas Tea Party
Head to the World of Beatrix Potter for a tea party with Father Christmas! Set in an amazing winter wonderland, there’ll be a film showing, lunch with Christmas crackers and a very special guest will be making an appearance to hand out presents, all in the name of family-friendly fun.
Windermere – Windermere Christmas Celebration
A Christmas celebration like no other, you can enjoy live entertainment on the streets of Winderemere this December. With lots of festive food, craft stalls and exciting things to keep the kids occupied (including meeting Father Christmas), you’ll be feeling as jolly as the big man himself in no time.
Lowther Castle – Various Events
Lowther Castle and Gardens have got lots of Christmas events on. With dramatic ruins and secret gardens, it is an intriguing and exciting experience that can only be improved on with Christmas magic. From a gingerbread manhunt throughout the castle and the gardens, to wreath-making workshops and regular Winter markets, it’s a treat that shouldn’t be missed.
Keswick – Live Advent Calendar
Now in it’s fourth year, Keswick’s Live Advent Calendar is a real magical experience guaranteed to get you feeling festive. A Christmas themed window is illuminated every day from the 1st to the 24th accompanied by pop-up and local events. With events varying from panto and the nutcracker to carols and festive nibbles, there’ll be something to suit you, no matter how Christmassy you’re feeling.
Cockermouth – Taste Christmas Market
A festive street party in Cockermouth, Taste Cumbria will be putting on giant marquees selling food, drink and decorations for the big day itself. There’ll be gifts, food to go, a fairground and Christmas-themed arts and crafts.