Christmas in Cornwall: Things to do!

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Christmas in Cornwall: Things to do!

Posted: October 27, 2023

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Cornwall is magical at any time of year and Christmas is no exception. Take in the atmosphere at festive fairs and eat your way around foodie markets. See twinkling lights across quaint fishing villages and get into the festive spirit with a warming drink next to an open fire. Cornwall has plenty to offer!




Mousehole Christmas Lights

The famous Christmas lights of Mousehole are a must see. Enjoy seeing the harbour illuminated by Santa’s sleigh and reindeers, the sea serpent and Mousehole cat and thousands of multi-coloured lights. The tradition started in 1963 and has become a yearly event for locals and visitors from all over. The town’s shops and eateries are full of festive cheer for a lovely evening out.

Lights are on from 11th December to 2nd January from 5pm-10pm.

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Angarrack Christmas Lights, Hayle

Angarrack takes its visitors through the 12 days of Christmas in lights! Impressive displays are on every street of the village. Take a trip through the 12 days of Christmas in Angarrack Village near Hayle. These impressive lights are all made in Angarrack and displayed from Saturday, 3rd December 2022 to 6th January 2023 from 5.30pm to 9.30pm

Find out more: Angarrack Christmas Lights


Trengwainton Gardens, National Trust

In the beautiful gardens of Trengwainton, you can stroll through the walled garden and orchard adorned with lights. Along the route there will be lit up structures made by local schools and artists. Booking is essential. The Christmas lights will be on for 9 days over 3 weekends: 1-3 Dec, 8-10 Dec, 15-17 Dec.




Eden Project

Join the Eden Project team for a Christmas celebration! This year Eden presents an immersive music and light experience in the biomes. You can also book to see Father Christmas and go ice-skating. Events are happening on selected dates from 1st -30th December 2023. Music and lights experience: 1-3, 8-10, 15-23 and 27-30 December 2023

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Lappa Valley Railway

Jump aboard the steam train to journey through the winter countryside of Lappa Valley. Meet Father Christmas and his elves and enjoy a day out for the family at this magical time of year. Meet Father Christmas on 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 19-24 December. Booking essential.

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After a day of feasting and celebrating, a Boxing Day walk is a wonderful way to get out with family and friends, stretch your legs and immerse yourself in the beauty of Cornwall. It is after all, a Cornish tradition! And, there are so many walks to choose from when you stay in Porthleven. You can leave the car and step out of your door to enjoy it all!

The South West Coast path runs through Porthleven. If you take the path to the East, towards Penzance and Mounts Bay, just outside the village you will come across Westling Fields. A lovely place for children to play and to watch the surfers on the reef below. Continue further on the coast path and it takes you towards Rinsey. The dramatic cliffs make for incredible scenery. Be sure to stop at the tin mines perched high on the cliffs and wonder at how people managed to carry ore while enduring the fierce Cornish weather!

Leaving Porthleven and turning east, the coast path heads towards the Lizard Peninsular. Walk past the pretty cottages of Cliff Road and Loe Bar road with the waves breaking on the beach below. The path will lead you towards Penrose National Trust estate and Loe Bar. Turning left towards Loe Bar you will find an ancient woodland walk and a number of pathways that lead back to Porthleven. Or, for those wanting to go further, head across the bar to the coast path on the other side and towards Gunwalloe.

In both directions the scenery is incredible and the perfect way to walk off a few extra calories from the day before!



Hall for Cornwall

Hall for Cornwall presents PETER PAN in 2023, starring Edward Rowe (Kernow King) as Captain Hook, JM Barrie’s timeless coming-of-age adventure, Peter Pan, will land at the Cornwall Playhouse in December.

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Minack Theatre

Minack Theatre presents A Christmas Carol. See this show with the backdrop of the beautiful cliffs of Porth Curno and the Atlantic Ocean crashing on the rocks below. A truly magical experience in any weather.

Find out more: minacktheatre/christmas-carol

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