Christmas in Cornwall

There’s nothing quite like winter in Cornwall- icicle frosted beaches, stormy seas, walks abundant in blustery sea air and fingers wrapped around hot chocolates oozing with cream and marshmallows. Festivities take on a different aura when you’re beside the water- log fires feel warmer when the swells are surging outside, and Christmas tree lights twinkle almost as brightly as the stars in Cornwall’s dark skies.

A gift from us this Christmas

We know how important food and drink is to the festive season. The tastes and aromas which are so unique to this time of year are central to some of our happiest holiday memories. This is why we are bringing the flavours of Cornwall to your doorstep, by gifting a Stein's 'Festive Celebration Menu' box worth £120, when you book to stay with us this Christmas (booking must be made in November 2021).

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The Eden Project and Ice Rink

The Eden Project is a unique experience all year round, but it is a must see at Christmas especially.  An impressive eco project with sustainability at its heart, Eden is dubbed the eighth wonder of the world by some and is home to a global garden housed in tropical biomes. Glide across their seasonal ice rink, gaze in awe at lantern parades and laser shows and explore the rainforest biome at night, mulled wine in hand. They also run a schedule of live music and events over the Christmas period and throughout the year.

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Visit Mousehole

Over Christmas in Mousehole the traditional fishing village is bought to life by a dazzling display of unique and wonderful lights dotted around the harbour, high on the hills above and even in the water. Wander the winding streets gazing at the display, before tucking into some night-time fish and chips on the harbour wall. The festive atmosphere here is like no other.

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Take a dip

It’s tradition to take a Christmas Day dip in Cornwall, but we suggest taking the plunge regardless of what day it is. Take a deep breath and immerse yourself in the icy water, and then head home for a well-deserved hot chocolate. We suggest finding a safe and sheltered swimming spot, such as a local harbour, and always checking tides, weather conditions and safety advice before heading in.

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Christmas markets

Seek out one of the unique Christmas markets dotted around Cornwall during the festive season. From homemade chutneys, fine wines and one-of-a-kind crafts, a Christmas market is the go-to place to pick up some last-minute gifts or indulge in some delicious food and drink. Our favourites are the Winter Gift Fayre in Truro’s Lemon Quay or the Fowey Christmas market.

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Winter walks

Even if it’s blowing a gale outside, getting togged up and out into the open is one of the best ways to spend a winter’s day in Cornwall. This is the time of year when the ocean is at its most powerful and you will spot scenes that would never occur in mid-summer. The breaking of the Cribbar (an enormous wave in Newquay), the surge of water through a cliff’s blowhole, the sight of lightning out on the horizon, or even a sunrise, which are always more striking in the winter months.

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Staying in

There’s no better time to get cosy in your beach retreat than when a storm is brewing outside. Your self catering holiday let will have everything you need to stay entertained, from TVs, speakers and games consoles to classic board games. You could even order in some Cornish cuisine from the range of home delivery boxes available. Rick Stein’s at home boxes feature fresh produce, already pre prepared for a delicious dinner- all you have to do is heat it up and tuck in. Read more about takeaway and delivery options in Cornwall here. Or, for the full five star experience, why not hire a private chef to cater for your evening in? Read about our top recommendations here.

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