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Festive holiday events - Christmas & New Year in Cornwall!

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Christmas & New Year in Cornwall!

Posted: September 9, 2018

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Festive markets with local artisan makers, visits with Santa, delicious festive treats, pantomimes and Christmas trees shining bright – There is plenty to do in the run up to Christmas and New year in Cornwall!

We’ve put together a handy list of festive experiences for all tastes. If you are here for Christmas or visiting in the months before these events will fill you with festive cheer!

In Porthleven: 

Porthleven Christmas Lights
8th December 6.30pm

On the Harbour Head. See the Porthleven Town Band, Santa & Fireworks. Late night shopping and offers from local shops. If you can’t be there, watch it live on our Porthleven Webcam.

Further afield:

Eden Project indoor skating
27th October – 18th February 2018

Indoor ice-skating rink within the Eden Project, exciting winter activity for all ages in any weather. Adults £7, Child £6 or £24 (any combination of four adults or children).

Distance from Porthleven: 47 miles

Christmas at Trevince
24th, 25th, 26th November & 1, 2, 3 December 2017

The house has been in the same family since the 12th Century and now is to the public for this unique event. Set in farmland and woodland the owners will be creating a unique Christmas experience with beautiful gifts created by local artisans and sourced from across Europe. Buy gifts and home decor and enjoy the cosy cafe too.

Distance from Porthleven: 16 miles

Hayle Harbour Christmas Market
25th & 26th November 11am – 6pm

Taking place on South Quay, Hayle, this year’s Christmas market will have fifty market stalls selling anything from Cornish homemade gifts and crafts, to mulled wine, roast turkey baps and even a bar in a converted horsebox.

Distance from Porthleven: 11 miles

Meet Father Christmas at The Eden Project
25th November – 24th December

Every year Father Christmas and his elves set up camp at the Eden Project, from late November right up until Christmas Eve. Book your family a special moment with the man in red.

Distance from Porthleven: 47 miles

Truro late night shopping
Wednesdays from 29th November, open until 9pm

Enjoy Truro by night at the late night shopping events which include market stalls selling local produce.  Enjoy a warming mulled wine and mince pie whilst picking up some unique Christmas gifts.

Distance from Porthleven: 20 miles

Eden Project Festival of Light & Sound
25th November – 30th December 5pm – 8pm

Our dazzling Festival of Light and Sound returns. Watch as Eden’s winter landscape is transformed with stunning new light projections, dramatic soundscapes and live music for 2017.

Distance from Porthleven: 47 miles

Made in Cornwall Market
29th November to the 3rd December
10am – 9pm Wed, 10am – 5pm Thurs to Sun

The market will be held at Truro’s Lemon Quay Piazza and over 90 traders will be attending. From candles and pottery, to clothes, chocolates and ale, all products sold at the fair are 100% Made in Cornwall.

Distance from Porthleven: 20 miles

St Ives Etsy Made Local Christmas Fair
1st until 3rd December

Cornish designers, artisans and makers with shops on, will be selling their unique, high quality products over the course of three days. The fair is open 6pm to 9pm on December 1 with late night shopping, live music and a cocktail bar and open 10am to 5pm on December 2 and 3 with a festive pop up café.

Distance from Porthleven: 17 miles

Helston Christmas Lights
1st December 7.30pm

The lights will be switched on at 7.30pm but prior to that Santa’s Christmas Grotto will be open in the centre of Helston and there will be live music on the centre stage from 6pm.

Distance from Porthleven: 3 miles

Trebah Christmas Trails
1st – 31st December

Join the elves on the “Pole to Pole Challenge”.  Explore the garden following the “Pole to Pole Challenge” everyday throughout December.

Distance from Porthleven: 16 miles

Bodmin & Wenford Railway Christmas Train Ride
2nd – 24th December

Enjoy a steam train ride and visit Santa in his grotto on the train during your journey. Free present from Santa for the children, mince pies and seasonal refreshments for adults. A wonderful way to start the Christmas Festivities!

Distance from Porthleven: 48 miles

Angarrack Christmas Lights
2nd December 7pm

Traditional Christmas event in Cornwall for all the family. The switch on event will be starting in the car park of the Angarrack Inn. Angarrack always provides one of the most wonderful displays of Christmas lights in Cornwall. Get your Cornwall Christmas off to a magical start! The Angarrack Christmas Lights will be on every evening from 5pm – 10pm from switch on until 6 January 2018.

Distance from Porthleven: 11 miles

Flambards Christmas Fayre
2nd & 3rd December 10am – 4pm

Explore a number of stores selling a selection of festive gifts and treats whilst listening to live Christmas carols and songs performed by the Helston Town Band. Santa will be on hand all weekend for meet and greets and entrance to the fayre is just £1 per person.

Distance from Porthleven: 3 miles

Trevena Cross Nursery Christmas Festival & Market

2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th December – 10am – 4pm

Trevena Cross will be raising thousands of pounds for charity with a Santa’s Grotto, a Christmas market, a giant snow globe complete with snow machine, a Christmas Tree Forest and live music. The market is free to enter and in addition to the opening dates mentioned above, the grotto will also be open on the first three Thursday evenings of December until 8pm.

Distance from Porthleven: 2.5 miles

Sleeping Beauty Pantomime Hall for Christmas
5th until 31st December

Hall for Cornwall once again put on one of the best Pantomimes in Cornwall.  Engaging and entertaining for the whole family and a tradition not to be missed.

Distance from Porthleven: 20 miles

Winter Wood Rogue Theatre at Tehidy Woods
9th – 30th December

This is adventurous theatre at its best. Be drawn into Tehidy Woods on a fanciful experience of theatre and art, down to the main stage (covered!) and experience the Winter Wood Christmas show. A feast for the eyes and the senses. Wellies and raincoats essential!

Distance from Porthleven: 13 miles

Mousehole Harbour Lights
16th December, 7pm

Christmas lights at Mousehole paint a wonderful picture reflected off the waters of the inner harbour. People come from far and wide every year to see the display. Be warned, it does get busy. But it is worth it!

The lights will then be on each evening between 5pm and 11pm from 17th December 2017 until 6th January 2018 (With the exception of 19th Dec, when the lights will be dimmed between 8-9pm).

Distance from Porthleven: 17 miles

Nadelik, Pendennis Castle – 16th & 17th December 11am – 4pm

Nadelik, A Cornish Christmas. Celebrate Christmas the Cornish way with fireside tales, music and dancing plus find your perfect present from the range of craft and gift stalls. Enjoy mulled wine and mince pies and meet Father Christmas in the castle keep. Charge applies for none English heritage members and to visit Santa.

Distance from Porthleven: 17 miles

Minack Christmas Cracker
17th December at 2pm

Start your Christmas with us as Mount Charles Band serves up a festive feast of your favourite Christmas tunes in their own special style.

Distance from Porthleven: 21.5 miles

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