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Family Christmas holiday on the beach at Bedruthan hotel

There’s something about Christmas in Cornwall… the sense of history, the frosty beaches or maybe it’s the Christmas lights of lone farmhouses twinkling in the distance. Whatever it is, Christmas is a holiday that comes into its own by the sea.  Gone are the winters that shut down much of the county when our visitors return home after their Summer holidays. There is so much to do in the darker months, and a completely new Cornish experience to be had.

Winter walks and places to visit 

A brisk winter walk along the coastal paths or exploring some famous Cornish gardens is the ideal way work up an appetite and get some fresh air before hunkering down for a cosy evening by the fire. Here are a few places that can’t fail to get you feeling festive:

Heligan by night @ The Lost Gardens of Heligan:  Running on the following dates 12th-15th, 19th-22nd, 27th-29th December &  2nd-5th January, Heligan by night is designed by internationally renowned light artist, Ulf Pedersen. The art of carefully placed illuminations light up the magical gardens “Journey through an After-Dark Lost Gardens and delight in the incredible textures, colours and atmosphere created by Pedersen’s thought provoking illuminations.”  Tickets can be booked via the above link.

National Trust Cothele House: Each year the team at Cotehele House harvest and dry the flowers from their cutting garden and create a 60ft-long garland that adorns the Tudor Hall.  This year’s garland has been built to complement the Commemoration Garland by Dominique Coiffait. The display can be seen every day until 6 January (except 25 & 26 December), 10.30am-4pm. Although Cothele is a longer drive from the Bedruthan at 1hr and 10 minutes, there is lots to see and do, including beautiful winter gardens and a walk along the estuary.

Mousehole Christmas Lights

The Mousehole Christmas Lights are famous throughout the South West for bright and beautiful town lights.  Lights are draped along the harbor walls, and there are floating displays reflected from the water. The spectacle continue down Mousehole’s quaint narrow streets.

Also from the 15th Dec to the 31st, you can catch the magical puppet and live action show, ‘The Mousehole Cat’ which allows you to soak up the atmosphere and is suitable for children from 3+.

The perfect entertainment

Winter Wood 2018 (The Rogue Theatre Company)

Arguably one of the most unique and enchanting theatre companies in the UK is the multi award winning Rogue Theatre Company. Talent aside, what sets them apart is their ability to perform incredible theatre whilst harnessing the nature around them! This year, they’re back in the magical setting of Tehidy Woods with their ‘Winter Wood 2018 – Magic is in the Air’ (and it really is!). Follow the path into the land of myth and legend as Old Man Winter’s world of stories, faeries and festive wonder comes life. Just take a torch, a warm coat, wellies, and a sense of adventure.

Rogue Theatre Winter Wood show poster

Tickets are £8.50 with performance dates throughout December, we promise it’s an experience than will stay with you for many Christmases to come.

Aladdin (Miracle Theatre Company)

For a good old traditional panto, Cornish Style, there’s the Miracle Theatre production of Aladdin which runs from the 7th Dec to the 5th Jan at the Princess Pavilion Theatre in Falmouth.

Falmouth is a 40-50 minute drive away, but well worth the journey with its restaurants, bars, shops and the Cornwall National Maritime Museum.

Woodburner Sessions at Lusty Glaze

If it’s music you’re after, then look no further than Lusty Glaze’s Woodburner Sessions (a mere 15 minutes drive away). Positioned on one of the most lovely coves in North Cornwall with the surrounding cliffs lit up, Lusty Glaze is a beautifully cosy setting full of festive atmosphere where you can eat dinner, or just have a drink. With live music starting at 8pm every Friday through December (aside from the 28th), Lusty Glaze is also very dog friendly, so your pooch can enjoy the tunes too!

If you want to eat and there’s a party of you, don’t forget to book.

Ice Skating at the Eden Project

Fancy something a bit more active? There’s always Ice Skating at the Eden Project with Cornwall’s only ice rink. Skating runs from the 12th Oct to the 24th Feb 2019, and your ticket also means you can visit the rest of the Eden project too with its world famous Biomes, rainforest walk and zip wire – so we definitely recommend you make a day of it.

ice skating at the Eden project

If that little lot leaves you feeling a tad weary, we should add that Christmas in Cornwall isn’t all about activity either. Sometimes it’s the doing nothing that means everything, so you could just sit back, stare out to sea and bask in some glorious winter sunshine (note, sunshine is not guaranteed…but festive cheer is!)