The Lake District is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK, drawing around 18.5 million tourists each year.

The majority of these visitors, however, tend to visit during the high season, opting for summer months of hillwalking, sailing and pub gardens. Whilst the Lakes are indeed beautiful at this time of year, many visitors miss the chance to see the Lakes at its real beauty, with snow-capped peaks, misty fells, and even frosty sheep!

Here, we’ve found 5 reasons why you should break the mold, and visit the Lake District for a Christmas holiday.

The accommodation

The accommodation on offer is fantastic year round in the Lakes, but it really comes into its own during the festive period.

Many hotels offer festive packages for the holiday season, such as the Lake District Country Hotels who offer a package of accommodation, fantastic food, a Boxing Day cruise and plenty of champagne.

Alternatively, renting a log cabin could be the perfect cosy treat for all the family, with roaring fires and a luxurious hot tub.

The festive events

The Lakes plays host to plenty of Christmas events during the holiday season, giving you the perfect opportunity to get into the festive spirit.

From Christmas Markets offering local produce to pantomimes, carol services, and ballets, the Lake District is the perfect location to indulge in some traditional Christmas festivities throughout the region.

For something a bit different, Muncaster Castle is running a range of Christmas activities that give you access to the castle and gardens as well as bird of prey events. Alternatively, Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway are running a Santa Express event that is perfect for all the family.

The Christmas shopping

Christmas is the perfect season for a spot of shopping and the Lakes is ideal for some festive purchases. Home to lots of artisan producers and culinary delights, you can get some great presents for the family (as well as some for yourself!)

Cumbria Crystal has a whole host of beautiful crystalware on offer and is the last producer of completely hand-blown and hand-cut English crystal. Similarly, Grasmere Gingerbread and Huttons Chocolates make for perfect treats for the little ones in your life.

A trip into the lovely market towns of Keswick, Ambleside, and Cockermouth will showcase all of the fine artisan produce on offer and you’ll be hard-pressed not to spend your pennies here!

The winter walks

Hillwalking in winter can offer some of the most fantastic views of the Lake District, showcasing the snowy mountains, the crisp lakes and the frosty fells. From languid strolls along the shores of Grasmere to hiking up Walla Crag in Keswick, there’s something for all abilities.

The National Trust has put together a list of the best winter walks here.

But, do bear in mind that many paths and trails can be slippery and icy in winter, so always walk with caution!

The food

The culinary delights of the Lake District are perhaps one of the best reasons to visit during the festive period.

The delightful pubs and restaurants really come to life in winter, with open fireplaces, cosy lighting, and hearty food. And, with the highest concentration of Michelin stars outside of London, it’s great for foodies.