Top Six Things To Do in Cornwall at Christmas

It’s not long until Christmas waves its wand over the county, so we’ve rounded up our favourite festive things to do in Cornwall at Christmas; whether you’re planning a cosy escape for two, or an exciting treat for the whole family, read on to gather ideas for your Christmas in Cornwall … 

There are plenty of tempting festivities dotted around; from charming fishing villages that come to life with twinkling lights, to enchanting productions in the wild wood. After days mapped out with coastal christmas adventures, return to the toasty fire or bubbling hot-tub of your festive Gem.

1.  Coastal Christmas Lights: Mousehole

As if plucked straight from a fairy-story, Mousehole flaunts cobbled alley-ways and charming cottages. The harbour is well worth a visit from 14th December when Christmas lights bob along the water and reflect on the surface.

Where to stay: Seaclusion, near Porthcurnow, Sleeps 4. Filled with light, this luxury hideaway has an open plan layout – perfect for gatherings. To top it off, there is a bubbling hot-tub and lovely coastal views.

2. A Performance in the woods: Tehidy 

Probably one of the most magical festivities in Cornwall. After dusk, don your boots and coats, follow the winding woodland path through the trees, and meet magical characters who tell the tale of the ‘Winter Wood’.  Rogue Theatre are all about getting out into the wild, storytelling, and spending time with family. 

Rogue Theatre image

Where to stay: Sky House, St Agnes, sleeps 7. Set within a canopy of green leaves and complete with hot-tub and beautiful views, this cedar-clad home is perfect for stargazing and located just moments from Trevaunance Cove.

3. St Ives in December

Treasure hunts around the town, bustling markets, pantomimes and more; bursting with festivities, one of the highlights of Cornwall at Christmas is St ives. And why not stay for New Years Eve, where the party atmosphere is as bubbly as the champagne popped at midnight. 

Where to stay: Porthminster Townhouse, St Ives, Sleeps 10. With views of the bay and a great big table to huddle around, this has got to be the ultimate, festive family pad.

4. Get your skates on: The Eden Project

Whether you cling to the side or pirouette through the middle, take to the ice for some festive fun. The Eden Project is a winter-wonderland at Christmas time and a must-see attraction if you’re spending Christmas in Cornwall. 

Where to stay: A retreat for two, Little Polkerris is a serene holiday hideaway. The single-story barn looks out over meadows and the glistening St Austell Bay. 

5. Garden illuminations at Trelissick 

If you want to reconnect with nature, soak up that christmassy feeling at Trelissick. From dusk onwards, the house and grounds of this National Trust gem are lit up in the colours of the rainbow. What’s more,  in the morning children can meet Santa’s reindeers as they rest in Trelissick’s stables (before things get hectic!)

National Trust Images / Hilary Daniel

Where to stay:  Pandora cottage, sleeps 4, Falmouth. Just a five minute drive to Trelissick, the cottage boasts a spacious kitchen for cooking up a banquet and beautiful creek views.

6. Calling all foodies: Padstow Christmas Festival

Finally, for your fix of festive fare, join the likes of Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth, and Nathan Outlaw at Padstow harbour. Promising a packed timetable of carols, cooking demonstrations, and meetings with Santa, Padstow becomes spellbound by christmas spirit. 

Where to stay: The Cottage, near Padstow, Sleeps 6. After collecting some tasty goods from the markets in Padstow, return to the wonderful open-plan kitchen and get creative.


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