Whether you’ve relocated to Cornwall this year in one of our many recent sales, or you’re a long-standing resident, you’ll love our festive hit-list – a round-up of the best things to do in Cornwall in the build-up to the big day.
The festive season is such a great time to get out and about and appreciate all that is great about our little corner of the country, from family fun days to romantic evenings, community celebrations to sacred occasions – Cornwall has plenty for everyone.
We’ve also compiled helpful guides to shopping in Cornwall, and festive swims will be on the way soon – you’re welcome! So, dig out that Elf hat, fill your flask with your favourite yuletide tipple, and get the festive feels with these great days and nights out. See you there!
Start your shopping at the Padstow Christmas Festival, 5th – 8th December
This hugely popular seasonal event combines a food festival (chefs demos, local produce market, street food, drinks workshops) with entertainment for all the family (carols, fun run, fireworks, Santa’s Grotto) and an Arts and Craft Producers area. With the likes of Paul Ainsworth, Angela Hartnett, Rick Stein and Nathan Outlaw on stage, plus the attraction of Padstow itself (the picturesque harbour looks beautiful, decked out with twinkling lights) it’s no wonder that this event is a real highlight in the Cornish calendar.
To find out more, check out Padstow Christmas festival.
Take the family ice skating at the Eden Project, now until February 2020
Each year the Eden Project indoor rink plays host to many thrills and spills, as visitors take to the ice. With skating aids available (penguins for little ones, snowmen for taller people who also need a little help!) it’s an entertaining and exhilarating way to embrace the joy of winter.
To find out more, visit Eden Project.
Follow the Angarrack Christmas lights each night (5pm – 10.30pm) until 5th January 2020
The Mousehole Lights have a huge following, with crowds arriving each evening to admire the lights in and around the pretty harbour. However, another enjoyable and lesser-known experience is Angarrack’s Christmas Lights Trail. Find all Twelve Days of Christmas dotted around this village near Hayle – the children will love finding Dasher, Dancer and Prancer!
To find out more, check out their Facebook page.
Enjoy festive magic at Trelissick with various events throughout December
At Trelissick National Trust property, between Truro and Falmouth, December is all about winter wonderland experiences; at the nighttime the gardens will be illuminated in spectacular colours, while the house will be decked in full Christmas regalia. Visit the reindeer in the stables, book an audience with Father Christmas himself, and shop for local goodies whilst you enjoy a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine.
To find out more, visit Trelissick.
Attend a service or event at Truro Cathedral throughout December
Truro’s beautiful cathedral is a sacred focal point during the Christmas period, hosting a busy calendar of services, concerts and community events. Whether you want to give thanks or reflect in solemn reverence, sing your heart out at a carol service, share a Christmas lunch with your friends and neighbours, or bring your pet to church, there is something for everyone, and all are welcome.
To find out more, visit their what’s on website.
Journey through a winter-wonderland at Bedruthan Steps Hotel, now until 23rd December
This theme of this Christmas Grotto is ‘Sugar and Spice’. Take your children on a journey to find the missing parts of Santa’s Sleigh, explore candlelit woodlands, and make your own Christmas decorations. Visit an Ice Queen, have a snowball fight, and of course meet Santa Claus himself… If this doesn’t get you in the Christmas spirit, nothing will!
To find out more, visit Bedruthan.
Visit the Cotehele Christmas Garland, now until 5th January
Each year the estates’ gardeners and volunteers construct a stunning 60ft-long garland of flowers to decorate the Tudor Hall. It’s a truly spectacular site, and apparently this year is on course to be a record-breaking year! There are various other festive things to do taking place around the estate, including a Victorian Christmas experience at Cotehele Mill, which will be open at Christmas for the first time.
To find out more, visit Cotehele.
Wadebridge Christmas Wonderland weekend – 13th & 14th December
This town-wide festive event features story time with Father Christmas in the town hall, a lantern parade, a craft fair and fireworks, plus the excellent array of independent Wadebridge stores stay open late, providing a great opportunity to shop for high quality products locally in the run up to Christmas. The lantern parade is on Saturday 14th and starts from Julian Foye at 6pm.
To find out more, visit their Facebook page.
We hope you enjoyed this article, and if you want to read more, do check out our other article Shop Local And Plastic-Free This Christmas!