What’s on in Cornwall this Winter

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… you’ll be Ho Ho Ho-ing and there’ll be noses-a-glowing with the wealth of festive favourites on offer. Indoors or outdoors we’ve got more ideas than a selection box, so read on for our yuletide treats.

city of lights

The City of Lights, Truro. Nov 22 (due to bad weather this has been postponed to 31st January)

Lantern processions are very ‘in vogue’ but if you want to see the original (and arguably the best) you need to head to Cornwall’s petite, but perfectly-formed city.  The event celebrates the turning on of the Christmas lights and the official start of Christmas in Truro. Wander the street markets, sample amazing foods, snap up some beautiful crafts and gifts from the stalls that line Boscawen Street.  Then witness spectacular lanterns parade through the streets carried and crafted by local schools, colleges and universities.  It is sure to kick your season off in style.


Santa by rail, Bodmin Wenford Railway, Bodmin – Various dates in December

If you’ve got mini fans of the Polar Express (or not so mini fans!) there’s a chance to join Father Christmas aboard a glorious steam train in Bodmin.  Hop on board and meet the Elves who will keep you entertained on the hour long journey through the rolling green countryside.  Visit Santa in his grotto and receive a special present from the man himself.  Your festive journey starts with carols on the platform and adults can indulge in a mince pie and a seasonal tipple along the way.

It’s a magical tradition to start with your children.

Sleeping Beauty, The Hall for Cornwall in Truro

Edward ‘Kernow King’ Rowe and Granville Saxton return in this year’s Christmas show, Sleeping Beauty, the final chapter in a trilogy of adventures featuring our much loved Cornishman, Kenwyne and his extended family. Available daily (except 25th December) throughout December.


Mousehole Christmas Lights


Mousehole Lights, Mousehole, near Penzance.

Although it is a long long drive from Newquay to Mousehole, the lights in this tiny village are part of the tradition of a Cornish Christmas.  Steeped in history and a magical atmosphere, with floating displays of lights in the harbour.  The streets are filled with the aroma of mulled wine and festive food. You’ll see a fantastic display of sea serpents, fishing boats and whales colourfully lighting up one of Cornwall’s most welcoming harbours.

The best way to appreciate the village is when it is ablaze with colour.  Take the time to meander the narrow streets and follow the winding strings of lanterns as they disappear around the corner into yet another street barely wide enough to walk through.

The lights are on from 5pm and 11pm from December 16 until January 6.

The Eden Festival of Light and Sound

The Eden Festival of Light and Sound, The Eden Project, St Austell.

Each year Eden adds a little bit more sparkle to its fantastic Christmas celebrations and this year is no exception.  This year you can experience a stunning sound and vision spectacular lighting up the Biomes.  The Festival of Light and Sound will run from November 25 to December 30 where visitors will be able to step out on to Eden’s viewing platform and gaze in awe as dramatic lasers pierce through the darkness to create a canopy of light, painting the Biomes and the plant displays with festive colours.

The Mediterranean Biome will be the stage for an enchanting undercover after-dark experience, with a beautifully-choreographed performance of music and light. Visitors will be able to stroll the pathways and experience Eden as never before. And then there is of course the large Ice skating rink at Eden – lots of family fun guaranteed.


christmas at camel creek

Christmas at Camel Creek, Wadebridge.

The all weather family attraction formerly known as Crealy is a hot spot for young families.   So this December, not only will there be lots of fun, but the man in red himself will be visiting!  To celebrate there will be a month of festivities and jolly good spirits.

Get ready for the scent of mulled wine lingering in the air, presents brimming, bells ringing, mince pies steaming and elves singing!  With storytelling, gifts, photo opportunities and even a post box to mail your messages to Santa, if you kids need to burn off some energy (or excitement) this is the place!