Christmas in Cornwall


The Eden Project

The ice rink at Eden is already up and running and lasts until March 2nd so there is plently of time for you to get your skates on and join the fun. As well as normal skating sessions, Eden Project are running ice skating lessons, toddler and junior sessions, family disco and an under 18s’ night.

National Trust

As ever The National Trust is bursting with Christmas events.
Cothele House will be making their famous 60ft dried flower garland and showing  you how to make your own, smaller, version on 13 December. On 14 December the Tudor Father Christmas, dressed in green, will be visiting Trerice and The Trigg Morris Men will be performing a Mummer’s play at Lanhydrock House on 22 December.


From 5 – 8 December Padstow will host their famous Christmas Festival which is expected to draw 30’000 people. Over three days 28 world class chefs, including Rick Stein, Tom Kerridge, Paul Ainsworth and our very own Neil Haydock, will be demonstrating across two stages. As well as this 100 Cornish producers will be showcasing their goods alongside over 300 Father Christmases raising money in the annual fun run from Children’s hospice Care.

Mount Edgcumbe

This is the 10th Christmas fayre at Mount Edgcumbe and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever. On December 7 and 8, Mount Edgcumbe will open it’s doors to celebrate the festivities with traditional opulence.
10am-5pm Saturday 7 December.
10am-4pm Sunday 8 December.

Pendennis Castle

Built by Henry VIII this impressive fortress will be open for you and your family to enjoy soaking up the history whilst getting in a little more Christmas shopping. fireside tales, traditional music and dancing and mulled wine will also be on hand to get you in the festive spirit.
10am-4pm 7 and 8 December.


Gets quainter with a host of festive events.
9 December Santa sails into town on a RNLI lifeboat before making his way through the cobbled streets to turn on the Christmas lights at 7pm. Santa will then take up residence in his grotto until Christmas Eve so book in to get your Christmas list checked off early.
21 December sees the St Ives Christmas Food Market tempt the town with Christmassy treats.
21 – 31 December Dick Whittington will be performed at St Ives Theatre.
31 December aka New Years Eve, promises to be on of the biggest parties in the county so head to the town for fireworks and fun!


From 10 December to 15 December the Victorian Christmas market returns to Truro’s Lemon Quay where over 70 local traders will be dressed up in Victorian costumes and exhibiting their fine produce. The Mayor of Truro will make a special appearance to judge the best dressed stall so keep an eye out for the winners.


The weekend before Christmas, 21-22 December, Newquay combines live music and local ale to get us all in the festive spirit. The town’s bars and pubs will be taking part in the Ale Trail and giving festival-goers the chance to taste the county’s best tipples. 11am-11pm both days.


14 December at 7.30pm, Mousehole will be turning on their famous Christmas lights, said to be ‘the best Christmas lights in the county’.


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