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Christmas & New Year breaks

The halls will be decked, the trees up, fires stoked and miles of empty beach waiting. Christmas and New Year at Watergate Bay is always special.

Twelve days of festivities from 21 December until 2 January

Activities, entertainment and feasting

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Welcome the New Year

Ten, nine, eight…count down to the New Year with us. Rosy cheeks, music for dancing, and plenty of champagne – and don’t forget Cornwall’s obligatory New Year’s Day beach walk (or swim/surf for the hardy). There'll be Beach School and craft workshops for the children and live music and a DJ to welcome in 2024.

Stay as long as you like, we do not take check-ins/outs on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.

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New Year House Party At Watergate Bay Cornwall
Christmas in the Ocean Room in Swim Club

Your Christmas traditions

Presents first thing or post-feast? Leisurely beach stroll or life-affirming sea swim? We all have our different Christmas traditions.

Stay as long as you like, we do not take check-ins/out on Christmas Day or Boxing Day. We do have a couple of family rooms left.

Discover our Christmas itinerary

Email our reservations team to book Christmas. 

Choose 23 - 27 December for Christmas stays

Choose 30 - 2 January for New Year breaks

Or stay longer if you like...we do not take check-ins on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.

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Twelve days of Christmas

Stay from 21 December and join our daily festive activities. Read more to discover our festive plans and ideas on where to eat, drink and celebrate. Here's what happened in 2022..

21 December

Settle into the festive spirit, drop your bags, put your feet up, and take a stroll on the sand.  Get involved with our beach clean with the Beach Guardians while Kids' Zone will be telling festive tales with toasted marshmallows and hot chocolates. There's gin tasting with Tarquin's, gift wrapping workshop for last minute presents and a DJ in The Living Space.

22 December

Fill up on waffles for breakfast, and settle into the ebb and flow of the Watergate Bay rhythm. The Beach Guardians will be creating Christmas baubles for the children and there'll be Champagne tasting with Laurient Perrier to start the festive celebrations. Settle in with live music in the evening.

23 December

Marking the beginning of our four-night festive stay is our latern workshop ready for the parade on Christmas Eve. Get creative and join our wreath-making workshop and help fill our corridors with festive scents, or take the wreath home with you. Book a casual dinner in The Beach Hut or a three-course meal in Zacry's, then join us back in The Living Space for live music.

Christmas Eve

Treat yourself to a treatment. Breathe in the fresh sea air on a bracing walk. Take a nap? Whatever. Today is for making it up as you go along and reindeer racing on the beach (the hobby variety). A lantern parade will illuminate the beach with carol singing and a brass band around the bonfire. Santa snacks and reindeer food will be served in Zacry's. Warm up back in The Living Space with live music.

Christmas Day

Mince pies at the ready, a Champagne breakfast, footstool by the fire. You might even find Father Christmas in the ocean room. Christmas lunch is bookable in The Beach Hut or Zacry's, through our reservations team. The Living Space is open until 4pm. In the evening, you'll find a festive buffet in Zacry's. 

Boxing Day

After a leisurely breakfast, go body boarding with Wavehunters, while the pool, with its view, is going nowhere. Take time over tea, linger over dinner and then decamp, if you like, to The Living Space for some music. If you want to learn a new craft there'll be whittling workshops on the beach with a hot toddy to keep you warm.

27 December

Discover the secrets of our rock pools, and learn more about our coastal environment on the beach with the Newquay Marine group. Drop into a gin-tasting workshop with Tarquin's while the children watch festive movies in the Kids' Zone.

28 December

Today is for Cornish Christmas punch and making it up as you go along. Gift wrapping and festive crafts in Kids' Zone and Champagne in the hot tub. 

29 December

Mince pies and mulled wine in The Living Space. They'll be hoola hooping on the beach with an afternoon silent disco to get the party started.

30 December

The start of our New Year house party, with lantern making workshops, gin tasting and plenty of good food and drink. In the evening there'll be music in The Living Space.

New Year's Eve

A very special three-course menu in Zacry's or The Beach Hut. Live music and a family silent disco. Glitter art for the children and a latern parade to the beach. Welcome in the New Year with Champagne and sparklers on The Living Space deck.

New Year's Day

An afternoon beach walk at low tide. Festive movie nights, popcorn, and the final day of our twelve days of Christmas celebrations. 

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Christmas decorations on the tree in Swim Club

Keep the family entertained

Follow the Christmas lights down to the beach. Fancy-dress surfing with Wavehunters, reindeer racing (the hobby variety), and a Santa run along the shoreline. Take part in rock pooling and beach cleaning. wreath making, willow lantern workshops, festive crafts, and a chance to meet Father Christmas in the ocean room. 

Eat & drink

Expect seasonal festive menus throughout and your choice of Christmas Day lunch in Zacry’s or The Beach Hut. From lobster bisque and roasted scallops with truffle butter to wild sea bass, roast turkey and sirloin of beef.

Our restaurants

 Zacry's restaurant in Watergate Bay
View of the north cliffs covered in snow from the coast path at Watergate Bay

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Book online or contact our reservations team on 01637 860543 or email

Stay as long as you like...

We do not take check-ins on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve or New Year's Day. 

Food & drink

Restaurant times, how to book and menus will be released closer to the time. 

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