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Cornwall, Family days out

What’s on this Christmas in Cornwall – 2020 guide

Cornwall isn’t just a summer destination. It’s also a wonderful place to venture in the winter months. We can particularly recommend spending Christmas in Cornwall. 2020 will be a bit different to usual but some festive events are starting to pop up in attractions’ calendars.

This is my guide to what’s on in Cornwall this Christmas. Please note that events are subject to change in 2020. I will be updating this post but always check with individual attractions for the latest information.

You might also like to read my top Christmas days out in Devon and festive events around the UK.

Know of an event or experience not included? Get in touch! I’m adding listings all the time based on the information I spot online and receive.

The best places to visit in Cornwall this Christmas

From Santa’s grottos to illuminations and markets, here’s the festive events happening in Cornwall in 2020. Here’s where to head for festive spirit and maybe even a mulled Cornish cyder!

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Christmas events in Cornwall 2020

Christmas at the Eden Project

During the day, enjoy seasonal walks and trails through the outdoor gardens, take a whirl on the ice-rink (additional fee), and warm up with a hot chocolate or festive treat. As darkness falls, the Biomes will be transformed into a magical world of shadows and light.

Tickets for the Eden Project’s Christmas experience including Father Christmas will go on sale at 1pm on 11 November.

Eden Project, St Austell, selected dates from 4 to 30 December 2020. Book tickets in advance.

Lantern trail at the Lost Gardens of Heligan

Badger lanterns at Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan will be illuminated by hundreds of traditional lanterns with a wildlife theme.

The Heligan Night Garden installation will include frogs, foxes, badgers, squirrels and hedgehogs, and a joyful burst of snowdrops. It promises to be a seasonal trail that creates a treasure-filled space for families to discover these beautiful indigenous species.

The trail will be a one way journey around our the gardens, allowing you to explore at your own pace, stop to take in the smells at the fire pits, toast marshmallows and chestnuts, and enjoy take away refreshments.

Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell, selected dates from 4 December 2020 to 3 January 2021. Book online.

Christmas at Dairyland Farm Park

Come Meet Santa, his elves and singing reindeer at Dairyland Farm Park this Christmas. There will be a grotto, elves workshop and a spectacular light display throughout the park including a chorus of singing Christmas trees.

The Haybarn will also be open with a large nativity scene, as well as three one hour sessions of Pat-a-Pet. The cafe will be serving festive treats too.

Dairyland Farm Park will be open from 12pm until 9pm each weekend in the run up to Christmas.

Dairyland Farm Park, Newquay, weekends from 5 to 24 December 2020. Book online.

Christmas at Paradise Park

There will be a penguin quiz to complete during your visit to the park this December and January.

The Christmas grotto has been cancelled this year.

Paradise Park, from 5 December 2020 to 3 January 2021.

Christmas at Camel Creek

Camel Creek will be celebrating Christmas in 2020. Full details will be announced soon.

Camel Creek, Wadebridge, selected dates from 2 December to 23 December 2020. Special admission prices apply.

The Grunch at Via Ferrata in Penryn

THE GRUNCH show flyer

The Grunch a festive show for the whole family, full of phenomenal circus, gravity defying aerial and Christmas comedy with a touch of pantomime. 

This Christmas show takes place in a sensational heated barn so that you can remain toasty on the chilly Cornish evenings. There will be delicious refreshments available  including coffee, hot chocolate, cake and more from the Cornish Barista, a bar and candy floss.

Tickets cost £10 per person and can be booked online.

The Grunch, Via Ferrata Cornwal in Halvasso, Penryn, selected dates from 22 to 28 December 2020.

Santa trains in Cornwall

Santa by Steam at Bodmin & Wenford Railway – FULLY BOOKED

Take a special journey with the railway elves to visit Santa’s grotto. Arrive at Bodmin General Station for mince pies, seasonal drinks and carols on the platform, before climbing aboard for an hour-long return journey on a beautiful steam hauled train.

During the trip you’ll visit Santa, with plenty of time for a photo, and gifts for each child.

Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Bodmin, selected dates from 5 to 24 December 2020.

Christmas at Lappa Valley

Meet Santa in his grotto and take a festive steam train ride through Lappa Valley at this fun Christmas event in 2020. There will be a present for every child. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Lappa Valley, Newquay, 5 and 6 December, 12 and 13 December and 19 to24 December 2020. Special tickets must be bought in advance.

Santa’s grottos in Cornwall 2020

Meet Father Christmas at Heartlands

Father Christmas will be visiting Heartlands alongside the Christmas market and winter wonderland trail. Father Christmas’s elves will be helping with the present distribution this year to help keep the old man safe.

Heartlands Cornwall Christmas grotto, 5 and 6 December 2020. Book grotto tickets online.

Canon Downs Garden Centre Santa’s Grotto 2020

Meet Santa in his garden centre grotto each weekend in the run up to Christmas. Tickets cost £7.50 per child. Check with the garden centre for more information.

Canon Downs Garden Centre, between Truro and Falmouth, weekends from 28 November 2020.

Ice skating in Cornwall

Ice skating at the Eden Project in 2020

The Eden Project’s annual ice rink returns in 2020. The number of skaters for each 40 minute session has been reduced for social distancing.

Book your session in advance and in addition to your entrance ticket to The Eden Project. Family skating sessions take place each morning with skating aids.

Ice skating at the Eden Project, St Austell, from October 17 2020 to 21 February 2021.

Read about what you can expect when visiting the Eden Project in 2020.

Christmas markets in Cornwall

The Enchanted Christmas Market

Book a ticket to The Enchanted Christmas Market at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge. There will be two halls full of traders offering socially-distanced late night shopping. While there you can also grab something festive to eat in the food court and enjoy seasonal entertainment.

The Enchanted Christmas Market, Wadebridge, 19 to 20 December 2020.

Christmas markets at Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm

Santa and Mrs Claus at Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm - Christmas in Cornwall

Come and see Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm showcase stalls of tasty local produce alongside Cornish art and crafts every weekend in the run up to Christmas.

Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm, near Newquay. Every Saturday from 5 to 20 December 2020. Entry to the farm and parking is free all year round. 

Bude Christmas Market

A Christmas market showcasing the work of local artists, crafters and artisans will take place in Bude Tourist Information Centre in the run up to Christmas.

Summerleaze Beach, Bude, every day from 4 to 23 December 2020.

Heartlands Christmas Market

There will be plenty of indoor and outdoor stalls selling an array of goodies, perfect for that extra special Christmas gift. Plus enjoy some mulled wine and festive food from our Red River Cafe or street food vendors. 

Entry is free but must be pre-booked.

Heartlands Christmas Market, 5 to 6 December 2020. Book online.

More things to do in Cornwall

If you’re looking for more places to visit in Cornwall then we can recommend days out when it’s raining in Cornwall and dog-friendly days out around Cornwall.

Or why not read our guide to family holidays in Cornwall.

If you know of something happening that isn’t listed already then let me know. I’m adding listings all the time based on the information I spot online and receive.

Why not pin this post about what’s on this Christmas in Cornwall for later?

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