Borrowdale School pupils help illuminate the valley for Christmas for 10th year running!

The pretty Borrowdale Valley is officially aglow as the Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa was joined by pupils from Borrowdale School on Wednesday 10th November to assist with the annual Christmas light switch on.

Over 40 children joined parents, teachers and staff to announce the results of the annual ‘design a Christmas card competition’ held in collaboration with the hotel. The 4 winners who were selected by Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa General Manager, Marcell Cilliers, were given the important task of illuminating the exterior of the hotel and lighting up the valley to celebrate their achievement.

The event is held annually with the exception of 2020 in which the light switch on coincided with the November lockdown, so we wanted this year to be extra special to mark the occasion.

Furthermore, the 2021 Christmas light switch on officially marked the 10th year of the Christmas card competition which symbolizes the thriving community partnership between the Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa and Borrowdale School.


Christmas events in the Lake District

The 4 winners who designed the most eye-catching Christmas cards were named Matilda (Year 5), Matilda (Reception), Molly (Year 4) and Mark (Year 5). This year was the first year General Manager, Marcell, was able to host the event.

“It was excellent to have the children back and once again host the Christmas card competition after last year’s unexpected hiatus. The standard of this year’s competition entries was excellent which made picking the winners a difficult task! The event created an incredibly festive atmosphere throughout the hotel and I am thrilled that I finally got chance to be a part of this wonderful community event.” – Marcell Cilliers, General Manager of the Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa

The event also featured a special guest appearance from Santa Claus, who greeted the children from the hotel balcony, before visiting the conservatory where children got the chance to tell him what they wanted this Christmas.

The Christmas light switch on marks the beginning of the festive period at the Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa, which is part of the parent group Lake District Hotels. Over the Christmas period there will be a host of exciting events, tasty festive dining options and mesmerizing decorations across all 6 of our hotels.


Christmas events in the Lake District

Christmas Events in the Lake District

If you missed out on the Christmas light switch on, not to worry! We are hosting a whole range of wonderful Christmas events in the Lake District this festive period including:

  • Sunday lunches with Santa
  • Christmas lunch with a twist
  • Jazz brunches
  • New Year’s Eve parties

The hotel also offers Festive Lunches and Yuletide Afternoon Teas as well as other foodie treats over Christmas.

To find out more about what’s happening at the Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa this season and how to book, click here.