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What’s on this Christmas in Cornwall – 2021 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. 2021 may be a bit different to usual because of ‘you know what’. 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 2021. I will be updating this post as events are announced,but always check with individual attractions for the latest visitor information.

You might also like to read my top Christmas days out in Devon, festive events around the country country and my guide to UK Christmas Markets in 2021.

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 where to keep an eye out for festive events happening in Cornwall in 2021.

Christmas events in Cornwall 2021

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

Christmas at the Eden Project

There always lots going on at the Eden Project all year round.

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 are be transformed into a magical world of shadows and light.

Tickets for the Eden Project’s Christmas experience including Father Christmas usually go on sale in the autumn.

Eden Project, St Austell, dates TBC in 2021. Book tickets in advance.

Lantern trail at the Lost Gardens of Heligan

Badger lanterns at Lost Gardens of Heligan

Expect a beautiful Christmas experience at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Last year the grounds were illuminated by hundreds of traditional lanterns with a wildlife theme.

The Heligan Night Garden installation included frogs, foxes, badgers, squirrels and hedgehogs, and a joyful burst of snowdrops.

Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell, dates TBC in 2021. Book online.

Christmas at Dairyland Farm Park

Come Meet Santa, his elves and singing reindeer at Dairyland Farm Park this Christmas. Full details are coming soon but you can usually find a grotto, elves workshop and a spectacular light display throughout the park including a chorus of singing Christmas trees.

The Haybarn often hosts a large nativity scene and the cafe serves festive treats too.

Dairyland Farm Park, Newquay, dates TBC in 2021. Book online.

Christmas at Paradise Park

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

Paradise Park, from dates TBC in 2021.

Christmas at Camel Creek

Camel Creek will be celebrating Christmas in 2021. Full details will be announced soon.

Camel Creek, Wadebridge, dates TBC in 2021. Special admission prices apply.

Santa trains in Cornwall

Want to ride a Christmas train? Here’s where to find them in Cornwall in 2021:

Santa by Steam at Bodmin & Wenford Railway

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, dates TBC in 2021.

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 2021.

There will also be a present for every child, music and balloon modelling. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Lappa Valley, Newquay, selected dates 4 to 24 December in 2021.

Santa’s grottos in Cornwall 2021

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

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, dates TBC in 2021.

Canon Downs Garden Centre Santa’s Grotto 2021

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, dates TBC in 2021.

Ice skating in Cornwall

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

Ice skating at the Eden Project in 2021

The Eden Project’s annual ice rink returns in 2021.

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, dates TBC in 2021.

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, 26 to 28 November 2021.

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, TBC in 2021.

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. TBC in 2021. 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 at Crooklet Beach in the run up to Christmas.

Crooklets Beach, Bude, selected dates from 20 November to 12 December 2021.

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, TBC in 2021.

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 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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