The Secret Festivities of Cornwall

Date: 2 Nov 2019
Categories: Activities,Family Days Out,Food & Drink,General
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Christmas in Cornwall

Get out your diaries, set some family time aside and get ready for a uniquely Cornish run up to Christmas.

The chances are that when you think of Cornwall, you most likely imagine surf dudes, beaches and ice cream. Cornwall isn’t a one trick pony though and if it’s possible, there is even more to do through autumn and winter! This month, let’s take a look at what is coming up on the events calendar on the run up to Christmas.


20th November

A procession of music, dance and light graces the streets of Truro once a year with beautiful huge lanterns in shapes of horses, rhinos, elephants and many more besides. There are also food stalls, street performances and the switch on of the Christmas lights. The whole city comes alive with the first waves of Christmas spirit and is one not to be missed if you can make it.

14th December

If you didn’t know that Mousehole is famous for it’s Christmas lights, then let us fill you in. Every year, this beautiful little village has been decorating it’s harbour with pretty lights and displays in the harbour and has even been featured on Blue Peter in years gone by. The lights are on display until January and it is estimated that they will receive 30,000 visitors. The big switch on this year is the 14th December at 6.30pm, where there will be music from the Mousehole Male Voice Choir and the Methodist Church plus the Pendeen Silver Band.

5th to 8th December

This year, why not book a stay and enjoy the annual Padstow Christmas Festival. With Christmas markets, demonstrations from some of the top chefs in the country, Christmas carols, fireworks, a fun run and even Father Christmas, this is one not to be missed. Cooked up by Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw, the festival is in its eleventh year and everyone agrees it has a touch of magic.

25th December 

Why not do something different on Christmas morning and attend the Bude Christmas Day Swim? Okay, you can just spectate if you don’t fancy a dip in the sea, in only a swimming costume. With no wetsuits allowed, this fantastic annual event gets bigger each year, inviting people to run into the sea together whilst spectators look on and everyone raises money for the Bude Surfers Lifesaving Club. With a real community spirit and yuletide greetings, there is a real festive spirit here on Crooklets Beach.

Various Dates in December

Fancy visiting a stately home decorated in it’s Christmas finest? The Lanhydrock Estate run by The National Trust invites you to experience the festivities of yesteryear at this impressive stately home. Come in out of the cold to roaring fires to learn about a servants Christmas, yuletide traditions, parlour games and then meet Father Christmas. Plus, learn traditional Christmas crafts and much more. On the 12,13th,19th and 20th December you are also invited to attend Christmas lunch.


We couldn’t possibly list everything in one blog, so make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with everything that is going on in Cornwall and here is to a wonder festive period for 2019.

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