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Festive Season in The Lakes

Magical Festive Activities in The Lakes 

Christmas and new year in the Lake District offer an unrivalled kind of magic for the whole family. Soft, snowy carpets cover magical woodlands and sparkle in the winter sun; white-topped peaks rise like frosted Christmas puddings; and charming villages come alive with traditional cheer. We share a few of our favourite ways to celebrate the season…

Be Dazzled by the Christmas Lights 

Dazzling displays of Christmas lights are turned on throughout the Lakes from November, with the famous Ambleside Christmas lights switch-on on 19 November including a lantern parade through town; community stalls in Market Cross; a firework display in Rothay Park; and two Christmas cruises by Windermere Lake Cruises

Browse a Christmas Market 

The beloved Windermere Christmas Celebration will offer festive fun for all ages on 10 and 11 December this year. Join the community in coming together to browse dozens of local, festive-themed food and drink stalls, enjoy jolly live entertainment, and more.

Other wonderful Christmas markets take place in Cumbria throughout November and December, offering locals and visitors alike the opportunity to pick up unique gifts, trinkets, and treats. We love the market in the quaint, traffic-free village of Hawkshead, where cobbled streets are lit with festive lights, stalls abound, and live entertainment gets everyone in the Christmas spirit.

Search for Reindeer 

Santa’s Winter Wonderland at Hayes Garden World offers the little ones a chance to journey through a fantastical festive scene to help Santa search for his missing reindeer, playing snowball games with snowmen and fishing for food for penguins along the way.

Watch a Traditional Pantomime 

Thespians of all ages will love the unique festive tradition of a pantomime at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, just over a 30-minute drive from Windermere. This year’s production of The Borrowers - a charming re-telling of a childhood favourite - is sure to delight and set imaginations aflight. 

Experience a Historical Christmas 

Also a 30-minute scenic drive from Windermere is the charming market town of Ulverston, where the Dickensian Christmas Festival on 26 and 27 November will transport visitors back 150 years to the Christmas of Victorian-era England, with plenty of stalls, entertainment and - of course - the chance to dress in their finest tops and tails.

Stay in Unrivalled Christmas Comfort 

The hilltop hideaway of Linthwaite House offers five-star accommodation, roaring fires, and spectacular Christmas decorations set on magical grounds amidst winter wonderland surrounds. It is the perfect base from which to enjoy the festive season in The Lakes. 

Feast on Festive Fare 

Book the Linthwaite House and Henrock by Simon Rogan Festive Season in the Lakes package from 25 to 27 December to complement your unrivalled accommodation with mulled wine, festive cream tea, and a traditional Christmas dinner followed by an evening of entertainment in The Bar & Conservatory. A full English breakfast awaits the next morning, followed by a five-course festive lunch at Henrock. 

Test Your Knowledge at a Christmas Quiz  

Know where eggnog comes from? How about other names for Santa, or the best-selling Christmas song of all time? Linthwaite House invites resident guests to join their traditional Christmas quiz to test their knowledge and enjoy some wholesome festive fun on the eve of 25 December. 

Explore a Winter Wonderland 

Those taking advantage of the limited-time Festive Season in the Lakes offer at Linthwaite House will spend Boxing Day exploring the Lakes or joining a guided walk after a hearty breakfast. On returning from the day’s adventures, another evening of festive entertainment and a spectacular Boxing Day dinner await.

Greet the New Year in Style 

The Lake District festive fun certainly does not end with Christmas. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a cosy new year’s celebration in the countryside at Linthwaite House. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and breathe in the fresh air as you sip on world-class champagne, gaze over sparkling tarns, and walk upon frosty fells while the Linthwaite House team takes care of all arrangements to ensure you greet 2023 in ultimate luxury.

New year’s celebrations at Linthwaite House include the opportunity to reserve new year’s eve dinner at Henrock on 30 December, followed by a traditional full English breakfast served at the restaurant on 31 December. Speak to the Guest Liaison team to help you create a bespoke itinerary from there, so you can explore the area before returning to a five-course tasting menu at Henrock, a complimentary in-room tipple or nightcap at The Bar & Conservatory, and another spectacular breakfast to start your year in style on 1 January.

Contact us to reserve your unforgettable festive season in The Lakes before it is too late. 

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