Get in the festive spirit this Christmas with our events guide, from Christmas markets offering a range of food and drink to Santa’s Grotto and Ice Skating to name just a few, there’s something for everyone! Here are our favourites: 

The Padstow Christmas Festival from the 6th – 9th December 

The food capital of Cornwall opens it’s doors this festive season with a range of events to celebrate Christmas. The festival kicks off on the 6th December and you can enjoy a multitude of things to do including cookery demonstrations with Nathan Outlaw, Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth plus many other well known culinery masters!

There’s live music aplenty with several local well known bands making an appearance throughout the duration of the event. Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a market selling a range of artisan products from arts and crafts to food and drink. If you were wondering about the children, there’s the opportunity to meet Santa in his grotto at various times throughout the festival.


The Mousehole Harbour Lights on Saturday the 15th December at 6.30pm

The Mousehole Christmas Lights are somewhat a staple of the Cornish Festive scene, now in its 55th year! The big switch on is on the 15th of December and promises to be a magical night in this quaint West Cornwall fishing village. The Mousehole Male Voice Choir are on hand to add to the festive feel along with Pendeen Silver Band.



The village itself is small and picturesque with outreaching views across the English Channel. Art galleries, cafe’s and restaurants characterise the narrow winding streets of Mousehole and if you get down early on the night, you might be able to enjoy a festive hot chocolate in one of the many independent cafe’s or even fish and chips to enjoy throughout the switch on!


The Truro Winter Gift Fayre from the 12th – 20th December 

The big open expense of the Piazza at Lemon Quay is the perfect place for the Truro Winter Fayre, held for a week between the 12th and 20th of December. You will be spoilt for choice with over 80 market traders selling everything from arts and crafts to handmade gifts and locally produced artisan food and drink.

Truro is the capital of Cornwall and has a range of large high street stores intertwined between local independent stores which help to make Truro’s late night shopping events so successful. Starting on Wednesday 28th November and running every Wednesday for the following 4 weeks, you can also enjoy the buzz of Christmas with most shops open until 9pm.


The Lostwithiel Dickensian evening on Thursday the 13th December from 6pm – 9pm

The popular town of Lostwithiel turns on the charm this Christmas with the ever popular Dickensian Night on 13th December. Celebrating an era gone by, this special evening is something to really get you in the Christmas spirit. A lantern parade kicks off proceedings at 6pm with a procession through the town centre.

There’s a wide range of things to do with the town band on show along with stiltwalkers, festive choirs and shopkeepers dressed in Victorian themed clothing. With a wide range of food establishments in town, there’s sure to be no shortage of refreshments available throughout the evening. For the children is a great opportunity to see Santa in his grotto!


A Minack Christmas Concert on Sunday the 16th December at 2pm

Tucked away in the small Porthcurno cove in one of the most westerly areas of Cornwall, you can find the world famous Minack Theatre carved into the cliffs. On a winters night, the theatre lights up to host one of the most magical locations to watch a live show, ranging between opera performances to acted productions.

This Christmas, The Minack turns on the festive charm with Pendeen Silver Band playing out the classic carols with the gentle crash of waves in the background. Starting at 2pm, we highly recommend putting on the winter thermals and packing a flask of hot chocolate (or hot mulled wine) and mince pies to enjoy this special afternoon overlooking the ocean.


Eden Project Winter Festival – selected dates from the 24th November – 30th December

The Eden Project knows what it takes to create a winter wonderland and the ever popular ice skating rink is back this winter. There’s a wide range of festive fun to enjoy at Eden this year with the world famous biomes hosting winter plant displays. There’s even festive storytelling events and a range of cafes serving seasonal food.

Running throughout late November and all of December, you can book yourself onto the ice rink for an afternoon of skating with the family. The main man, Father Christmas, will be in the Eden Christmas camp, surrounded by his elves, to give out some early festive cheer and as darkness descends, the stunning light installations and projections light up the biomes.


Santa by Steam at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway from the 1st – 24th December

There’s something special about a journey on the steam train at Christmas. Running every weekend throughout December, Bodmin & Wenford Railway call upon their old friend, Father Christmas to keep the children entertained. On arrival at the station, you’re greeted with mince pies, seasonal drinks and carols on the platform.

Hop aboard the train and find your seat to enjoy a journey through local Cornish Countryside. During the hour long journey, Santa’s elves will take you to the grotto to meet Santa. If the children have been good there may be an early Christmas present to put under the tree! When the journey ends, it’s time to get off the train and enjoy the festivities at the station.


The Bedruthan Steps Sugar & Spice Grotto from the 1st – 23rd December

Christmas is never the same without the annual Bedruthan Hotel festive masterpiece! On arrival at the hotel, you can enjoy a hot chocolate with the children in the lounge whilst you await the arrival of Santa’s elves. The hotel is tastefully decorated with an array of seasonal decor and there’s plenty of games to keep the children amused.

Once the elves have arrived you will be guided into the winter wonderland where a snow machine creates a postcard picture scene. There’s a great workshop where the children are tasked to find gingerbread biscuits hidden around the room and the decorate them with icing and other edible treats. Once the fun is out the way, it’s time for Santa to make his grand entry and for those who’ve managed to avoid the naughty list, there’s bound to be an early Christmas present!


The Fowey Christmas Market from the 30th November – 2nd December

When it’s time to open the first window on the advent calendar, it’s also time to visit the Fowey Christmas market that runs from the 30th November until 2nd December. 10,000 visitors descend on this renowned coastal town to enjoy a good old festive knees up with food, drink and festive cheer awash throughout the quaint narrow streets of the town.

On the opening Friday the market gets underway at 5.30pm with the big lights switch on at 7pm. You can stroll through the streets to enjoy a wide range of arts, crafts and gifts with many of the local shops and independent traders opening their doors as well. Throughout the weekend there’s music, bands, choirs and Santa to really get you in the Christmas spirit!


 Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from all the team at My Place in Cornwall!