November and December are ideal months for a short break in Cornwall. From outstanding outdoor theatre to traditional festivals, spectacular illuminations and bustling Christmas markets, there’s a host of things to see and do in the run up to Christmas.
Here’s our round-up of the top festive activities in Cornwall this year.
Cornwall’s Christmas Markets & Fairs
If you’re looking for gifts with a difference, where better to start than Cornwall’s Christmas markets?
Bedruthan Christmas Craft Fair, Mawgan Porth, near Newquay – 25th & 26th November 2017
Fowey Christmas Market – 25th & 26th November 2017
Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair, Truro – 29th November – 3rd December 2017
The Lost Gardens of Heligan Christmas Fair – 9th & 10th December 2017
Padstow Christmas Festival – 7th – 10th December 2017
Heartlands Christmas Market, Pool – 16th & 17th December 2017
Rogue Theatre’s Winter Wood
Rogue Theatre’s immersive outdoor performances have become legendary in Cornwall. Faeries and woodland sprites will lead you deep into Tehidy Woods where you’ll meet Old Man Winter. The whole family will be spellbound as the story unfolds…
There are three Winter Wood performances a day, and each adventure lasts for about two hours. Performances take place most days from 9 – 30 December (check the website for full details). Tickets are £8.50 per person (under 3s free) and include hot chocolate, face painting and winter decoration making.
Montol Festival, Penzance
The Montol Festival takes place on 21st December each year. It’s a celebration of the winter solstice and of Cornish traditional customs, including Guise dancing, where performers wear masks and dress in mock formal costume. Beacons are lit throughout the town, and visitors are encouraged to join the processions as they move through the streets. The evening culminates with the chalking and burning of the Mock, the Cornish Yule log, followed by dancing and celebrations.
Heligan by Night: The Art of Illumination – selected dates from 14th December
The Lost Gardens of Heligan will be transformed by internationally renowned light artist Ulf Pedersen on selected dates throughout December.
Eden Project Winter Festival, 25th November – 30th December
Nowhere does Christmas quite like the Eden Project. They’ve created a Christmas experience that will surprise and delight with live performances, music and storytelling, magical ice rink, and a spectacular light and sound show. There’s also the opportunity to meet Father Christmas and his elves on selected dates.
Santa by Steam at Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Bodmin, Saturdays and Sundays throughout December (plus Christmas Eve)
All aboard! Join Father Christmas on an extra special journey through the Cornish countryside on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway.
Christmas activities with the National Trust
We’re lucky to have several National Trust properties and gardens close by to choose from. Many of them put on special events throughout December. Visit Lanhydrock and find out how the Victorians celebrated Christmas, head to Cotehele and see the famous Christmas garland and the decorations in the great hall, or discover the magic of Trelissick after dark when the house and garden are illuminated.
Mousehole, 16th December 2017 – 6th January 2018
The Christmas lights in Mousehole attract thousands of visitors each year. Lights are strewn around the harbour, along the narrow streets and in the hills above.
Angarrack, 2nd December 2017 – 5th January 2018
Little known outside Cornwall, Angarrack’s Christmas lights are a joy to behold. This tiny village is transformed into an illuminated wonderland each year.
Pre-Christmas breaks in Cornwall
Tempted? We offer short breaks throughout November and December, so if you fancy a long weekend away or a mid-week break this December, we’ve got a cottage to suit.
Christmas at Bosinver
This year we’ve got an extra-special Christmas offer: enjoy a stay of 10 nights for the price of 7 (stay from Tuesday 19th to Friday 29th December) and really make a break of it! Take a look on our website or give us a call in the office on 01726 72128 to find out more or to book.
What do you love most about Cornwall in the run up to Christmas? Leave a comment below, post on our Facebook page or tweet @Bosinver – we’d love to hear your recommendations.