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What’s on this Christmas in Cornwall – 2024 guide

What’s on this Christmas in Cornwall – 2024 guide

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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. Rea on for my guide to what’s on in Cornwall this Christmas.

As I’m publishing this post well before the summer don’t be surprised if some regular events are marked as still to be confirmed. I’ll be updating this guide as the year progresses.

Having said that, ticket sales for some of the most popular Christmas days out are already live. Don’t delay in booking your tickets for these Christmas events happening in 2024. They’re bound to get snapped up fast.

You might also like to read my top Christmas days out in Devon, festive events around the country, illuminations and light trails, and my guide to UK Christmas Markets in 2024.

Know of an event or experience not included? Get in touch! I’m adding and updating 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 where to keep an eye out for festive events happening in Cornwall in 2024.

Christmas events in Cornwall 2024

Here’s where to head for festive spirit and maybe even a mulled Cornish cyder!

Night Gardens at the Lost Gardens of Heligan

Illuminated umbrellas in trees at the Lost Gardens of Heligan
Illuminations at Lost Gardens of Heligan

Enter the Heligan Night Gardens and enjoy an enchanting lantern experience set amidst the atmospheric Lost Gardens.

Explore the Gardens as they are beautifully lit by a variety of traditional paraffin lanterns and discover a breath-taking display of flora and fauna lanterns, illuminated within Heligan’s much-loved and iconic locations.  

Heligan Night Gardens, St Austell, selected dates from 15 November 2024 to 5 January 2025.

Tunnel of Lights at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum

Returning for its sixth year, the Tunnel of Lights is filled to the brim with fun for the whole family, with brilliant experiences returning to start your Christmas time with a bang.

Step into the BRRR-illiant Snow Globe, treat yourself to a delicious festive treat and explore the immersive twinkling tunnels covered in hundreds of thousands of luminous lights.

Shipwreck Museum, Charlestown, selected dates TBC in 2024.

Christmas at Camel Creek

Expect to meet Father Christmas in his Grotto, join Santa’s Elves in their workshop for festive arts and crafts, and enjoy tasty mulled wine and hot chocolate on a walk through an enchanted Christmas Tree Forest.

This is all on top of the Park’s usual fun and excitement, including the indoor play area at Creeky’s Playhouse, the Carousel and Wave Rider swings. Animal lovers have the chance to explore The Stables, Reptile House and the Meerkat Enclosure.

Camel Creek, Wadebridge, selected dates TBc in 2024.

Christmas at the Eden Project

Father Christmas and elves in a festive grotto at the Eden Project
Picture credit: Eden Project

This year’s festive timetable is still to be confirmed but you can expect lights, ice skating and live entertainment.

Christmas at Eden, St Austell, selected dates TBC in 2024

Christmas at Dairyland Farm Park

Details of Dairyland’s Christmas events are yet to be announced but you can expect Santa, his elves and singing reindeer to make an appearance.

Dairyland Farm Park, Newquay, TBC

Christmas at Paradise Park

Expect Santa’s grotto complete with elves and enjoy a bracing walk around the park to see the animals.

Paradise Park, from dates TBC in 2024.

Christmas at National Trust places in Cornwall

Here’s what’s on at National Trust properties in Cornwall this Christmas:

Christmas at Cotehele

See Cotehele’s famous Christmas garland decorating the hall of this Tudor house. The garland has been created using fresh foliage and flowers for the past 60 years.

If you’d like to see the garland being made by volunteers visit in between 11 and 21 November.

You can also see Cotehele Mill decorated for a family Christmas and head out on a frosty walk around the estate.

Please be aware that only the hall in the house will be open.

Cotehele, near Saltash, 23 November 2024 to 5 January 2025.

Christmas at Trerice

Explore the Elizabethan manor house which will be decorated for Christmas, book storytelling with Father Christmas, and enjoy festive performances from a selection of choirs.

Trerice, near Newquay, dates TBC in 2024.

Christmas at Trelissick

Father Christmas and local choirs will be leading the seasonal celebrations at Trelissick this year. See the house decorated for a Cornish Christmas and book an audience with the big man on selected dates.

Read more about our last visit to Trelissick.

Trelissick, near Truro, dates TBC in 2024.

Christmas lights in Trengwainton Garden

See the walled garden at Trengwainton and orchard lit with fairy lights and lanterns made by local schools and local artists.

The lights can be viewed from an accessible trail that’s open for bookable visits over three weekends in December.

Trengwainton, near Penzance, dates TBC in 2024. 

Godolphin Christmas weekends

This festive season experience see Godolphin adorned with Christmas finery, enjoy a warming mince pie and mulled wine, and listen to the festive chorus of local choirs performing.

Godolphin, Helston, dates TBC in 2024.

Santa trains in Cornwall

Want to ride a Christmas train? Here’s where to find them in Cornwall in 2024:

Christmas at Lappa Valley

Take a festive steam train ride through Lappa Valley at this fun Christmas event in 2024. Tickets are on sale now.

Santa and his elves will be waiting to greet children in their grotto and there will be seasonal refreshments for all. Every child receives a present.

The soft play and woodland train will also be available.

Don’t delay – this event always sells out!

Lappa Valley, Newquay, selected dates from 3 to 24 December 2023.

Santa Specials at Bodmin & Wenford Railway

Santa stood on platform infant of steam train at Bodmin & Wenford Railway
Credit: Bodmin & Wenford Railway

Details of this year’s Christmas train were not available when this guide was published. Check the railway’s website for updates.

Take a look at our visit to Bodmin & Wenford Railway.

Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Bodmin, selected dates TBC in 2024.

Santa’s grottos in Cornwall 2024

Here’s where to Meet Santa in Cornwall this Christmas:

Meet Santa at the Lost Gardens of Heligan

Father Christmas and his elves at the Lost Gardens of Heligan
Credit: Lost Gardens of Heligan

This Christmas Heligan will be hosting a very special guest – Santa himself!

As you explore the Gardens on your way to your visit, don’t forget to stop in The Northern Summerhouse to write your letter to Father Christmas.

Within the Festive Reserve Yard there will be music, Christmas crackers, festive crafts, and marshmallows to toast over the warming fire. Santa himself can be found in the Head Gardeners Office.

Each child will be gifted a small traditional children’s present to remember their visit.

You ticket includes entry to the gardens and the light trail trail. Tickets go on sale in September.

Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell, 29 November to 24 December 2024.

A Day before Christmas at Bedruthan Hotel

Santa is checking into the Bedruthan Hotel for some much needed R&R before the big day. While he relaxes he’s more than happy to meet children over lunch or dinner.

There might be an early Christmas present too.

Bedruthan Hotel, Bedruthan, dates TBC.

Ice skating in Cornwall

Here’s where to find ice rinks in Cornwall this Christmas:

Ice skating at the Eden Project in 2024

The Eden Project’s annual ice rink returns in 2024.

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.

More details and tickets will be available over the summer.

Ice skating at the Eden Project, St Austell, dates TBC in 2024.

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

Christmas markets in Cornwall

Want to pick up a unique Christmas gift or sample some delicious Cornish mulled cider? Here’s where to find Christmas markets in Cornwall this year:

Fowey Christmas Market

Visit this Cornish coastal town to experience a very West Country Christmas with 200 stalls packed with locally produced food and drink, and festive gifts.

Fowey Christmas Market is one of the top things to do in Cornwall this Christmas. 

Over the course of three days it takes over the town with traders spread across picturesque Fowey Town Quay, Albert Quay, Webb Street and Town Hall.

Fowey Christmas Market, Fowey, Cornwall, 22 to 24 November 2024.

Cornwall Christmas Fair at The Eden Project

This annual charity event raises much needed funds for community and grassroots non-profit organisations through Cornwall Community Foundation.

The fair takes place in the Eden Kitchen, between the two Biomes, with a huge range of festive stalls including a glorious selection of Christmas gifts, decorations, home accessories, clothing, jewellery, skin care and artwork. 

There’s also plenty of food and drink in The Cornwall Bakery Food Hall. 

Christmas Fair, The Eden Project, 27 to 28 November 2024.

The BIG Christmas Market, Truro

The Big Christmas Market in Truro is yet to be confirmed for this winter.

Keep an eye on the website for more information.

The Big Christmas Market, Truro, TBC in 2024.

Find more days out in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in my big round up of 101 UK attractions for families.

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, great things to do in the summer 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.

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