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Christmas in Cornwall

Updated: Dec 1, 2022

Fancy experiencing the magic of a Cornish Christmas? From festive craft markets with artisan Cornish produce to Christmas lights in fishing villages and enjoying hearty pub grub and your favourite tipple next to a roaring fire, Cornwall has so much to offer! With its dramatic skies, windswept beaches, miles of coastal paths and wide-open spaces, enjoy a well-earned break from the chaos of crowds to spend quality time with loved ones with a winter holiday in Cornwall. Perfect for getting back in touch with nature on wild windy days, we are lucky at Little Gwendreath to have direct footpath access to the South West Coast Path to get out and about exploring, on to dog friendly Kennack Sands beach and beyond.

Christmas Markets

  • Truro Big Christmas Farmer's Market - 2nd-24th December - with fantastic makers, artists and crafters showcasing creations from gin to vintage homewares, willow weaving to handmade soaps and eye-catching jewellery - perfect for picking up unique gifts. The market will include over 50 traders attending on a revolving basis, and will be open on Wednesday evenings for late night shopping.

  • Healeys Christmas Markets - every weekend from 12th November - 18th December 2022 - the farm is transformed into a fairy tale world of mulled cyder and hearty food, Christmas songs, and crafts. Bring family, friends, and a healthy appetite, for a taste of authentic Healeys Christmas spirit.

  • Heartlands Christmas Market - 3rd-4th December - plenty of stalls selling an array of locally made crafts, perfect for anyone looking to purchase a unique gift. There will also be tasty seasonal treats, beverages and some entertainment throughout the day. Entry to the market is 50p to raise funds for the Childrens playground repairs.

  • St Ives Christmas Market - 2nd - 4th December - festive fun at the beautiful St Ives Guildhall with the return of St Ives Christmas market. Santa is also arriving by the RNLI lifeboat in St Ives on the 7th December at 6pm and the lantern parade is on the 10th December.

  • Porthleven Christmas Market - 2nd - 4th December - Christmas shopping, mulled wine, Santa’s grotto, food, music and festive fun! Over three days there will be Christmas market stalls in the outdoor market and indoor market in the Porthleven Shipyard. The Porthleven Christmas Lights switch on is at 6.30pm on 2nd December.

  • Falmouth Festive Weekend - 10th - 11th December - as well as the Christmas Market, enjoy fun children's rides, the festive land train, the ice rink, the curling lane, a live music stage, the snow globe photo attraction and visit Santa's Grotto.

Christmas Lights

  • Angarrack Christmas Lights - 3rd December - 6th January from 5.30pm - 9.30pm - taking you through the 12 days of Christmas in lights! Impressive displays are on every street of the village near Hayle.

  • Trengwainton Gardens, National Trust - 30 November - 11 December from 4.30pm-7.30pm - you can stroll through the walled garden and orchard adorned with lights. Along the route there will lighted structures made by local schools and artists. Booking is essential.

  • Mousehole Christmas Lights - 17th December – 6th January from 5pm-10pm - a spectacular Christmas lights attraction over the picturesque Mousehole harbour with over 60 displays. Started in 1963, the small village of Mousehole, on the western side of Mount's Bay has lit up the harbour with a display of lights. On 19th December the lights are turned off to remember the brave men who lost their lives when the Penlee Lifeboat and the Union Star were lost in a storm on the Cornish coast in 1981.

Christmas Experiences

  • Christmas at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary - 27th November - 31st December 2022 - a festive wonderland in the nature trails following the brand-new heart-warming story trail! You can support Stockings For Seals by donating a small sum to buy a seal food, toys or even a piece of their new home for a touch of festive cheer - gifts over £5 get entered into the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway!

  • Twelve days of Christmas Trelissick - 3rd - 31st December - Can you spot the twelve days of Christmas on your visit to Trelissick this December? Each team will be creating a display from the twelve days of Christmas, see if you can find them all. The house will be adorned with Christmas decorations, stunning flowers, and twinkling lights. Father Christmas story telling sessions will be taking place on select dates.

  • Santa at Lappa Valley Steam Railway - 3rd - 24th December - enjoy the wonder and magic of Lappa Valley during the festive time. Meet Father Christmas in his grotto, where he has a present for every child. Take a nostalgic steam train ride through the wooded valley into Lappa, where you’ll find lots of festive fun. When you disembark, you’ll be able to enjoy music from a traditional fairground organ - as well as all the usual fun of our woodland railway, crazy golf and our adventure play areas while you wait to see Santa.

  • Bodmin and Wenford Railway - dates throughout December - for little ones, the Santa By Steam and Story Time With Santa on board the steam train will be a special experience to spark their imaginations! For the grown-ups, The Christmas Murder Mystery nights will have you living your best detective life as you unravel the clues and expose the murderer at the Steam Railway!

  • Christmas at Eden - 2nd-30th December - an immersive music and light experience in the biomes. You can also book to see Father Christmas and go ice-skating. The festive atmosphere weaves around the Outdoor Gardens with captivating light displays and the return of Eden’s Tunnel of Lights leading to the Biomes. The Mediterranean Biome will set a joyous scene bathed in an ethereal glow of lights while live musicians will deliver a medley of orchestral music, filling every corner with seasonal favourites - with a modern twist. Meanwhile the Rainforest Biome will unfold into a scene of magnificent light displays gleaming beneath the canopy. Hundreds of suspended fiberoptic lights, glistening orbs, lasers and sparkling lights will transport visitors to an enchanted forest world. The Eden Project Christmas experience will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from December 2nd, daily from December 15th right up until December 23rd, and then from December 27th-30th.

  • Heligan Night Garden - various nights in November, December and January - explore the Lost Gardens of Heligan as dusk falls and enjoy the Night Garden experience, a journey through the iconic location’s magical garden trail, exploring woodlands and gardens beautifully lit with installations and lanterns. From badgers to fungi, bees to butterflies, and a joyful family of cheeky Tamworth pigs, this illuminated seasonal trail follows an extended 1-mile one-way journey around accessible Gardens. Explore at your own pace, stop to take in the smells, toast marshmallows by stunning fire bowls, be wowed by glittering oak trees, and enjoy seasonal warming take away refreshments and meals amid a truly festive backdrop for your Winter’s evening.

Christmas Theatre

  • Hall for Cornwall - 1st - 31st December - presents Treasure Island a Christmas adventure starring Edward Rowe (Kernow King, Fisherman’s Friends The Musical, Bait) as Long John Silver.

  • Miracle Theatre - 8th - 31st December - the much loved Christmas show of Sleeping Beauty returns in 2022. Located in Guildhall, St Ives and at Princess Pavillions, Falmouth, this show is suitable for all ages.

  • Minack Theatre - 21st - 22nd December - presents A Christmas Carol. See this show with the backdrop of the beautiful cliffs of Porth Curno and the Atlantic Ocean crashing on the rocks below. A truly magical experience in any weather.

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