What’s on in Cornwall in December

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Getting festive is serious business in Cornwall. December is a full month’s worth of festivities, food, drink and centuries-old traditions. With so much going on, we’ve put together a list of things to do in around the county.

Padstow Christmas Festival, 7-10 December
Probably the county’s best known festive get-together, Padstow’s Christmas Festival takes place from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 December featuring 110 food artisans and producers, plus demos from award-winning chefs – including our very own executive chef Neil Haydock. Expect fireworks, live music, carol concerts and a great lantern parade.

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Miracle Theatre, 14-31 December
Following a sell-out run of “Cinderella” last year. The brilliant Miracle Theatre will be performing their Christmas show “Bah Humbug! A Christmas Carol” at Falmouth Princess Pavillion between 14-31 December.

Eden – Meet Santa and see the Light and Sound Festival, December
December is a special time to visit Eden this year. Father Christmas and his elves are in residence and the entire landscape is transformed with soundscapes, live music and light projections. You can meet Santa until Christmas Eve, and the Light and Sound Festival runs 8–10, 15–23, 27–30 December.


Pendennis Castle – Nadelick Lowen, 8-10 December
Visit Pendennis Castle to celebrate Nadelick Lowen (Happy Christmas). From Friday 8 to Sunday 10 December 11am – 4pm. Traditional fireside tales, dancing, Cornish carols and card making as well as a good spread of festive food.

Christmas carols, December
In the 1800s, Cornishman William Sandys brought Christmas carols back from extinction with his publication ‘Christmas carols, ancient and modern’. In more recent times, you’ll find carols being sung throughout the county. Notably, Truro Cathedral, where you’ll find carol services happening on most evenings throughout December.