12 Days of Christmas in Cornwall

Looking for a reason to visit Cornwall this Christmas or looking for inspiration for what to do? You’re in luck. Here’s how we do the 12 Days of Christmas in Cornwall, by Beach Retreats. Book your Christmas break with Beach Retreats online or call our team on 01637 861 005.

1. Ice skating at the Eden Project

Ice skating at Eden

Our favourite festive activity is back at the Eden Project from now until 28 February. Get your skates on and book your spot here.

2. Outlaw Christmas Market

Outlaw Christmas Market in Falmouth

Not your usual craft event, the Outlaw Christmas Market will come to Falmouth town centre from Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 December. Celebrate handmade and artisan gifts this Christmas.

3. Padstow Christmas Market

Padstow Christmas Festival

Cornwall’s favourite festive family market is back for its eighth year from 3-6 December. With more than 100 crafts folk and producers, 40 star chefs, fireworks, santa fun run and lots more, it draws a crowd of 45,000 and an electric atmosphere.

4. Mousehole Lights

Mousehole Christmas lights

Visit the picturesque fishing village of Mousehole on 12 December at 7pm for the big ‘switch on’ of the iconic Cornish illuminations. Or visit them in your own time until Saturday 2 January.

5. Christmas Day swims

Christmas Day swims in Cornwall

©Mike Moyles via Flickr
For the brave – or mad – only. From Penzance’s promenade, Hayle’s and Gwithian’s golden sands to Sennen Cove or Polzeath. There will be an organised Christmas Day swim somewhere near you.

6. Watch a show

Rogue Theatre Cornwall

Step this way through the illuminated trees at Tehidy Woods and experience Winter Wood by the award-winning Rogue Theatre, a show with live music, festive stories, winter wonders, hot chocolate and decoration making. Or head to St Ives for the Kidz R Us’ Christmas panto of Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood.

7. Boxing Day walks

Christmas Day walks

Blow away the cobwebs with a Boxing Day walk on your favourite Cornish beach. The perfect family activity and antidote to one too many sherries and mince pies on the big day. Here’s some inspiration.

8. Montol Christmas Fair

Montol Christmas Fair Penzance

A six day arts and community fair in Penzance celebrating the midwinter solstice and Cornish traditions of the past, culminating in the main event on Montol Eve on 21 December. There’s a main parade, lantern making, storytelling, carol singing and more, take a look here.

9. Reindeer Parade

Reindeer walk through Truro

Meet Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and the rest of the herd on 25 November at 6.45pm as they parade through Truro starting from Victoria Square. A magical experience for children.

More details here.

10. Cotehele decorations

Cotehele in Cornwall
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Visit the father Christmas of all Christmas decorations at Cotehele – the famous 60-foot garland made with tens of thousands of flowers grown in the gardens of the National Trust estate. Gawp above and then stick around to eat, shop and sing with various happenings from November through to December.

11. Pick your Christmas tree

Pick your Christmas tree in Cornwall

Search for your favourite Christmas tree among hundreds in Cedar Croft Nurseries near St Tudy. Tie your personalised ribbon around your chosen tannenbaum and it will be cut fresh for whenever you want it.

12. Shop Cornish at Christmas

Choose Cornish this Christmas

From coal and logs for a roaring fire, to mince pies and mistletoe, fine wine and fantastic food, Cornish Food Market have everything you need. All delivered in time for a proper Cornish Christmas.

Book your Christmas break with Beach Retreats online or call our team on 01637 861 005.






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