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?

Pencarrow Christmas Craft Fair 16th & 17th November 2018

Bedruthan Christmas Craft Fair, Mawgan Porth, near Newquay – 24th & 25th November 2018

Charlestown Christmas Market – 24th & 25th November 2018

Fowey Christmas Market 30th Nov to 2nd Dec

Krowji Christmas Open Studios 30th Nov to 2nd Dec 

Padstow Christmas Festival – 6th to 9th December 2018

The Lost Gardens of Heligan Christmas Fair – 8th & 9th December 2018

The Winter Gift Fayre Truro – 12th to 20th December 2018

Cornwall's Christmas markets are a great place to find usual gifts and decorations

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 early 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.

Montol midwinter festival in Penzance, Cornwall

Heligan by Night: The Art of Illumination – selected dates from 13th December to 6th January

The Lost Gardens of Heligan will be transformed by internationally renowned light artist Ulf Pedersen on selected dates throughout December.

Eden Project Winter Festival, 24th November – 30th December 2018

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.

Pic SamMorganMoore/Apex/Eden

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.

Christmas Lights

Mousehole, 15th December 2018 – early January 2019
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.

Mousehole Christmas Lights

Xmas lights at Mousehole

Angarrack Christmas Lights early December 2018 – early January 2019
Little known outside Cornwall, Angarrack’s Christmas lights are a joy to behold. This tiny village is transformed into an illuminated wonderland each year. The main lights are designed and made in the village and are unique to Angarrack, many are animated and they include the sequence of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

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 Wednesday 19th to Saturday 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.

Christmas in Cornwall

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. If you would like to know more about booking a holiday here at Bosinver, please email or call 01726 72128.