Christmas Experiences in Cornwall

A Cornish Christmas is magical. The pace is slow and traditions are different – cold dips into the icy sea are a must! Many hours can be lost whilst tucked away with loved ones in one of the many cosy pubs, sipping mulled wine or wandering the markets picking up locally made purchases. Here are some of our favourite experiences that are a MUST for your diary.

 

Things To Do In Cornwall This Christmas

We have Christmas in Cornwall wrapped up with a range of fabulous Christmas events that are taking place across the county and beyond. As we’re living in a face paced, ever changing world, please make sure you check each event is still running before you arrive. We wouldn’t want you to be affected by any last minute charges to plans.

The Eden Project, selected dates from 3rd – 30th December

Eden is a firm favourite among visitors and locals at Christmas time. The Biomes are given the festive treatment; marvel at the Mediterranean’s twinkling lights, and delight in the enchanting Rainforest as you meander through. Laps around the glittering ice rink are a complete must as it’s heaps of fun and suitable for all ages. Even Father Christmas himself flies in for a visit, and rumour has it he needs the help of some willing children to help get his reindeer ready in time for the big day! Tickets are selling fast, and you can buy them here.

The Christmas fair is also a great day out where you’ll find numerous stalls offering an array of Cornish wares perfect for stocking fillers and beyond. To top it all off the soundtrack to your festivities will be classic tunes from the resident Big Band, as they ring out across the site. Some events are most definitely worth the extra time in the car. The children will thank you as you tuck them up in bed after a joyous day together.

Truro Farmers Market, 24th November – 24th December

For a whole month, some of the county’s finest producers will be flocking to Lemon Quay to bring you the very best food and drink, and this market is promising to be bigger than ever. Local farmers showcase their best grass-fed cuts so you can taste the difference, and you can stock up on little pots and jars of deliciousness – you simply must top your mince pies with generous helpings of Cornish clotted cream, and have you tried drizzling Cornish honey over your roasted carrots? You can also stock up on fresh shellfish for show-stopping starters. Crafts stalls are woven into the market too, so if you’re pledging to support small businesses this year, here is a great place to pick up thoughtful local gifts.

For the best Cornish ingredients, don’t miss out. However, we can’t guarantee you’ll be able to save them all for the big day as some will be just too hard to resist!


 

Lantern Trail Lost Gardens of Heligan, 20th November – 2nd January

This heartwarming and unique event is great for those with little ones in tow, allowing families to discover nature in a celebration of the wildlife that make Heligan their home.  The Lost Gardens can be appreciated in a different, atmospheric kind of light, as they’re beautifully lit by a variety of breathtaking lanterns. The installations ‘hold up a nocturnal magnifying glass to the often overlooked wonders and beauty of the natural flora and fauna on our doorstep’. You’ll find lantern owls, hares, foxgloves, robins, butterflies and more, as you journey through at your own pace. All your senses will be delighted thanks to the aroma of toasted marshmallows and chestnuts on the fire bowls, the glittering oak tree, and the chance to stroke the donkeys. It’s so fulfilling that you might just want to amble round more than once – which you’re encouraged to do! All the excitement will certainly build up an appetite, and the good news is that seasonal refreshments will be available to warm the cockles.

Be sure to wrap up warm with woollen socks, hats and a waterproof – the Cornish weather can be a little unpredictable. This event is widely adored and sells out each year.

Cotehele, 20 November – 2nd January

Cotehele is a picturesque place to ramble, and it’s perfect for frosty walks around the estate all through the year. However, we really recommend a visit in December. This National Trust property has been adorning its historic house with huge, floral garland at Christmas time since the 1950s, and it’s sure to impress all who gather beneath it. Preparations begin way back in January when the flower seeds are sown in the Cut Flower Garden. The team of garden volunteers pick, dry and put together all of the flowers, resulting in a beautiful display!

There’s also set to be a whole host of outdoor performances this year, from fisherman to folk choirs. Round off your day with seasonal treats in the Barn Restaurant, such as cranberry scones, and warming one-pots.

Christmas Farmers Market – The Big Sheep  – 4th, 11th & 18th December

Thought to be the South West’s largest Christmas Market, entry is FREE and everyone is welcome. This is the place to take the children and sprinkle some magic with their for Christmas crafting, Santa’s Grotto and homemade gifts. Let imaginations run wild whilst you browse the many stalls offering homemade gifts and artisan foods – you can even pick up your Christmas tree!

Whatever, you get up to this festive period, we hope you it’s a merry one!