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Why we love Cornwall at Christmas time

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Why we love Cornwall at Christmas time

Posted: November 3, 2021

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Think outdoor theatre, wintery beach walks, log fires and cosy pubs this festive season. There are so many reasons to spend Christmas in Cornwall. Here are our top reasons we will be staying in Cornwall this festive season:

Mousehole Harbour Christmas lights

This is one of the most popular attractions in Cornwall over Christmas and New year and one not to miss. And with t0 displays, 7000 leds and 90km’s of cable you can see why! The little fishing village of Mousehole will be bustling with families, singers and plenty of mulled wine on sale to get you in the spirit. Get up close to the lights at low tide with a walk on the beach or use your photography skills to get the wonderful reflections of the lights on the water at high tide.

Mousehole Lights - Christmas

It’s a dogs paradise

Most of our holiday cottages are dog friendly, some of the cafes in Porthleven are too and all the pubs. Plus, there are around 300 dog friendly beaches in Cornwall. There is so much for your four legged friends to enjoy! So, you can bring them along on holiday too.

See dog friendly beaches in Cornwall.

Dog Jack russell on beach

Sea Shanty Singers in the pubs

There’s something special about Sea Shanty’s sung by local singers in the cosy surrounds of pubs in Cornwall. Spend a few festive evenings at the Cadgwith Cove Inn to hear the Cadgwith singers, usual performances on Friday nights.


Christmas Day Swimming

Brave a Cornish tradition with a sea swim on Christmas Day. Every year thousands gather on Cornish beaches to take a dip in the sea (or spectate, for those not quite so brave!). Take a dip yourself in Porthleven harbour or try other local swims at Coverack, Gyllanvase Beach or Porthminster Beach, St Ives.

Christmas swim

A Unique Cornish Festival – Montol in Penzance

Montol is the Cornish celebration of midwinter which takes place on 21st December. During the day you can find musicians, carol singers, choirs, dancers and stall-holders in the centre of the town. As dark falls a candlelit procession with illuminated band members is led by ‘The Lord of Misrule’ to Princess May Recreation Ground.

Montol Festival, Penzance

Make the most of a quieter Cornwall

Enjoy quieter car parks and attractions compared to the summer months. Take advantage of fewer crowds with a visit to the Lost Gardens of Heligan and immerse yourself in the romance of this historic garden. Spend time wandering the streets of popular towns like St Ives or Padstow and experience little fishing villages without the crowds.

Lost Gardens

Blow away the cobwebs with a Boxing Day walk

After all that festive food and drink a walk in the beautiful countryside, cliffs or beaches of Cornwall is the perfect pep-me-up on boxing day. Try the South West Coast Path’s local walks finder to find the best one for you. Make sure you end your walk near a café for a well deserved hot chocolate!

Try the South West Coast path website to search for walks near Porthleven

Winter beach - Poldhu - Porthleven Holiday Cottages
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