Christmas in Cornwall is a very special time, with plenty of festivals, markets and festive events taking place throughout December. Here are just a few of said festivities to get you in the mood this Christmas…
Christmas Craft Fayre at Trerice, Newquay
26 & 27th November, plus 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th December
11am – 4pm
This beautiful National Trust property is hosting a Christmas Craft Fayre with all sorts of locally-made knitwear, paintings and driftwood art. Admission to the Fayre is free; standard admission prices to Trerice still apply.
The Victorian Christmas Market, Truro
Tuesday 13th to Sunday 18th December
10.00am - 5.30pm, with late-night shopping until 9.00pm on Wednesday 14th
A hugely popular event, drawing festive shoppers from all over the county, Truro’s Victorian Christmas Market is split into two sections; the Food Hall and the Arts, Crafts & Gifts Hall. With stall holders in costume and the smell of hot mulled wine in the air, this event will certainly fill you with festive cheer!
Bedruthan Christmas Craft Fair, the Bedruthan Steps Hotel
26th November (10am to 5pm) and 27th November (10am to 4pm)
Watch craft demonstrations, have a go at making your own, and fill your basket full of festive gifts and treats at this Craft Fair. With over 50 stalls including art, ceramics, jewellery, fashion items and glassware.
Switch-on: 17th December at 7pm
Arguably the most famous of all Cornish Christmas light displays, the grand switch-on of the beautiful Mousehole lights includes an open-air Carolaire service with music from Pendeen Silver Band. The lights remain lit each evening until the 7th January, between 5pm and 11pm – with the exception of the 19th December, when the lights are dimmed between 8pm and 9pm in memory of the village’s fishermen and lifeboat-men who lost their lives in a terrible storm just before Christmas in 1981.
Switch-on: 1st December from 6pm
Known for always putting on a good show, the town of Falmouth will be switching its Christmas lights on on 1st December this year. With a lantern parade through the town, carol singing on the Moor, late night shopping and festive stalls, this is a lovely event for everyone to enjoy.
Switch-on: 2nd December from 6.30pm
A welcoming, traditional festive evening, Looe's Christmas lights switch-on starts with a traditional lantern parade through the streets of the town. At the end of the parade, everyone congregates on the quayside for a rousing carol service, and the lights are switched on at 7pm.
Padstow Christmas Festival
1st to 4th December
Midday to 5.30pm on the 1st, 10am – 8.30pm on the 2nd, 10am – 6.30pm on the 3rd and 10am – 6pm on the 4th
Another popular festive event, Padstow Christmas Festival includes a Christmas Market, cooking demonstrations by top chefs, live music, a Santa and Lantern Parade, a Santa Fun Run, carol service and fireworks on the harbour.
Trengwainton Gardens, Penzance
2nd and 3rd December
For two nights only, Trengwainton’s walled gardens are lit with flaming torches, fairy lights and lanterns. Little ones can visit Father Christmas in his grotto, have their faces painted and decorate their own lantern, whilst the grown ups sing along with the choir and enjoy some delicious mulled wine.
Truro City Centre
Starting outside Malletts Home Hardware on Victoria Square, Father Christmas and his (real!) reindeer will parade around the city to music by Camborne Youth Band and dancers from Jason Thomas Performing Arts. Back in the square, Toby the Toymaster dog will be handing out balloons, and there might even be some baby reindeer, too…
The Eden Project, St Austell
Selected dates between 25th November and 24th December (see their website for more information)
Price: £6 per child (aged 1 year plus)/£4 per adult – plus normal Eden admission
Huddled up in their magical tent, making and wrapping presents, Father Christmas and his elves are waiting to meet you! After meeting the main man, discover where the elves sleep, enjoy a story by the open fire and see all the stockings laid out ready for Christmas Day!
Retallack Resort, near Padstow
19th to 23rd December
Price: £8 per child (2 adults go free per paying child)
Father Christmas will be awaiting your visit in his magical grotto at Retallack Resort! Each child will receive a festive gift and Christmas craft from the main man, and there’s also the chance to meet his reindeer.
Trelissick Gardens, Feock
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 16th to 23rd December
11am – 5pm
Price: £4 per child, plus normal Trelissick admission (booking essential on 0344 249 1895)
Come and meet Father Christmas at the beautiful Trelissick Gardens this year – he will be telling stories and festive tales in the stables, and handing out presents to all children.
Image credits to: Trerice, Falmouth Cornwall UK, Padstow Christmas Festival and The Eden Project