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The Most Christmassy Towns And Villages To Visit In The Peak District

Cosy pubs, old buildings and picturesque town squares decorated with sparkling lights feature in scenes found on countless Christmas cards.

If this sounds like the kind of place you’d want to visit during the festive season, then read on for some of the prettiest Peak District towns and villages which really come into their own at this time of year.

Do a spot of Christmas shopping as you walk along cobbled streets lined with independent shops. Afterwards, you can warm up with a mulled wine in a quaint pub.

All of these destinations are just a short drive away, so they are easy to visit for just the day or, if you are in the need of a mini-break, you can stay a bit longer and explore the wider area.



 Michael Cummins

Perhaps one of the prettiest villages in the Peak District, Bakewell is packed full of charming buildings and cosy pubs.

Have a mooch around the village’s independent shops and stop by The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop to pick up some sweet treats.

Not far from the village is Chatsworth House.



Buxton's Pavilion Gardens is even more beautiful in the snow. (Image: Theo Schröeder)

This spa town is home to some of the most beautiful architecture in the Peak District, which looks even more stunning dusted with a light covering of snow.

Have a stroll past the Crescent, a Grade I listed building reminiscent of Bath’s Royal Crescent or admire the Devonshire Dome, one of Buxton’s most famous landmarks.

If you’re looking for a refreshing country walk then follow the circular route to Solomon’s Temple, with amazing views of the Peak District from the top. The views are so stunning they have even impressed our friends over in Manchester.

Or, for something less strenuous have a mooch around the Pavilion Gardens, set within 23 acres of landscaped gardens.

This year a pantomime performance of Aladdin is on at the Buxton Opera House.



A snowy scene at Mam Tor near Castleton(Image: PA)

A delightful countryside village located in the heart of the Peak District, Castleton is surrounded by hills which are often the destination for snowfall.

Characterised by its limestone cottages and the dramatic entrance to the village through Winnats Pass, Castleton is a must for any Christmas travellers this holiday season.

An army of large, brightly coloured, lit Christmas trees lines the main street of the village every year, which at this point have become synonymous with Castleton.

There are plenty of ways to spend a winter's day out as well.

Perhaps you are ready to conquer the steep, unforgiving hills of Mam Tor - weather permitting - or maybe a more enjoyable day out would be grabbing a hot chocolate in the village centre before visiting some of the gift shops for some Christmas presents.


Matlock Bath

Matlock Bath

A delightful Peak District town, Matlock town centre is always busy and bustling during the festive period.

With lots of different Christmas markets to enjoy throughout December, Matlock has lots of opportunities to don a Santa hat and get in the yuletide spirit.

The Matlock Farm Park will be decorated with a Christmas treasure hunt to join in with and one of Santa’s special elves will be wandering the park, chatting with families and giving out Christmas treats, between December 18 and 23.

Matlock Bath lies just south of the town offering ChristmasFEST inside the old spa town's Grand Pavillion. The event promises fun for all the family.


Whaley Bridge

Whaley Bridge is home to Santa's secret sorting office.(Image: Manchester Evening News)

On the edge of northwest Derbyshire, hidden in the Peak District is the town of Whaley Bridge.

And this year, Father Christmas has a secret hideaway located in the picturesque parish.

Perfect for children, Santa's secret sorting office focuses on detail, making sure each experience is personal, magical and very memorable.

Surrounded by trinkets, curiosities and feelings of nostalgia, Father Christmas will tell tales of kindness at Christmas, and he may have also found someone who has helped guide him on his way back.

The rich tapestry of architecture on offer in Whaley Bridge, blended with a chance of snow, makes the village a photographer's dream.

Lynne Cameron


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