Whether you're visiting on the run up to Christmas or spending the big day here, here's just a handful of reasons on you should choose Cornwall to celebrate the festive season...
On the run up to Christmas the county has a plethora of festive events to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Head to the quaint harbour town of Fowey for their annual Christmas market – 26, 27 and 28 November – with plenty of stalls to browse spread across Fowey Town Quay, Albert Quay, Webb Street and Town Hall venues, you’ll have Christmas wrapped up in no time. There’s also a selection of yuletide fodder to enjoy.
Penzance is beautifully lit at Christmas time. Many windows are set to be created by local artists, forming a ‘trail’ in strategic streets of the town, with a map to find and enjoy all the windows. The switch on will take place on 27 November, while on 18 December The Humphry Davy Birthday Lantern parade, a lamp lit procession from Cuaseway Head to Humphry Davy Street and Chapel Street. You’ll be spoilt by street food and market stalls in Penzance over the festive season.
If you’re a sucker for those twinkling Christmas lights, it doesn’t get much better than the annual Christmas lights that adorn the village of Mousehole. A tradition starting back in 1963, the Mousehole Harbour Lights are switched on each December, illuminating the village until early January.
Speaking of lights, something a little different for your Cornish Christmas… this winter Heligan invites you back to enter the Heligan Night Garden and enjoy an enchanting lantern ticketed event set amidst the atmospheric Lost Gardens. Running from the end of November, throughout December with the final night being 2 January 2022.
Cornwall’s beautiful beaches aren’t just to be enjoyed in the summer – they look just as stunning on a crisp winter’s day. If you’re visiting with your four-legged friend there are no restrictions on our beaches outside of peak season, so everyone is free to roam.
If you’re brrrr’ave enough many of Cornwall’s beaches also host Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day swims.
A trail of footprints left by walkers and stormy skies at Sandymouth, North Cornwall. ©National-Trust Images Rhodri Davies
Illuminated Christmas tunnel at Trelissick, Cornwall. ©National Trust Images Hilary Daniel
It’s said that the big man in red is rather fond of Cornwall, and is set to be popping up in various locations across the county, just make sure you book ahead – he’s a busy man.
Christmas at the National Trust’s Trelissick 2021, near Falmouth, will include festive displays and Father Christmas for three weekends in December. The big man himself will be in the stables on Saturday and Sunday 4 and 5, 11 and 12, 18 and 19 December. There will also be a Percy the Park Keeper winter wander trail around the garden.
Father Christmas is also set to make an appearance at The Lost Gardens of Heligan on various dates in December. A rather magical place to meet Santa at the Head Gardener’s Office, explore The Gardens along the way, write the all-important letter to Father Christmas, get involved in festive crafts and even toast a marshmallow over the fire
We take pride in Cornish produce all year round, but as we celebrate the festivities through. From our award-winning bakeries serving the most scrumptious mince pies, you may also find a Christmas dinner pasty.
Potters evening restaurant in the seaside town of Bude has launched a mouth watering Christmas a la carte menu for the run up to Christmas which is not to be missed. Or on the big day itself, why not hang up the oven gloves this Christmas lunch and be treated to a three course extravaganza at Carbis Bay. One of the latest celebrity chef openings, Adam Handling’s Ugly Butterfly restaurant offers spectacular views across one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. There will be winter classics such as roast turkey and beef wellington, but not forgetting the grand finale of the Adam Handling Christmas pudding, Cornish cheeses and mince pies.