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

If you’re looking for gifts with a difference, where better to start than Cornwall’s Christmas markets?

Trereife Christmas Fair, Penzance (3 – 4 December 2016)

Fowey Christmas Market, Fowey (9 – 11 December 2016)

Padstow Christmas Festival, Padstow (1 – 4 December 2016)

Heartlands Christmas Market, Pool (17 & 18 December 2016)

Rogue Theatre’s Winter Wood

Rogue Theatre’s woodland performances have become legendary in Cornwall. Faeries and woodland sprites will lead you deep into the woods where you’ll meet Old Man Winter. The whole family will be spellbound as the story unfolds…

There are three performances a day, and each adventure lasts for about two hours. Performances take place from mid-December until the end of December (dates for 2106 TBC). Tickets are £7.50 per person (under 3s free) and include hot chocolate, face painting and winter decoration making.

Montol Festival, Penzance

The Montol Festival takes place on 21 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.

Christmas Lights

Mousehole, 17 December 2016 – 7 January 2017
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, 3 December 2016 – early January 2017
Little known outside Cornwall, Angarrack’s Christmas lights are a joy to behold. This tiny village is transformed into an illuminated wonderland each year.

Eden Project Winter Festival, 25 November 2016 – 2 January 2017

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. Don’t miss the ice rink – it’s a truly spectacular!

Trebah Garden, Falmouth, late December (2016 dates TBC)

Trebah Garden is a delight at any time of year, and even more so at Christmas. Kids can follow the trail to the Elves’ Village where they can take part in a Christmas craft workshop and meet Father Christmas.

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.

Pre-Christmas breaks in Cornwall

We offer short breaks in all our cottages throughout November and December. We still have availability in some of our award-winning cottages over the Christmas week, but you’ll have to be quick – take a look on our website or give us a call in the office on 01726 72128.

What do you love most about Cornwall in the run up to Christmas? We’d love to hear your recommendations for what to see and where to go. You can leave a comment below, post on our Facebook page or tweet @Bosinver.