The Cornish really know how to celebrate Christmas – with lantern parades through the towns, craft fairs selling the best of local produce and the coastal villages twinkling with lights and festive decorations.
Here is our guide to the very best festive events for families in the run up to Christmas not to be missed:
Rogue Theatre’s Winter Wood
12 to 30 December
Wend your way through the trees and experience Rogue Theatre’s magical Winter Wood. Follow the path deeper into the forest and you’ll find fairies and sprites weaving their winter stories and singing their winter songs. The Winter Wood is a theatrical woodland adventure that brings the fantastical to life at Tehidy Woods by Cornwall’s highly visual Rogue Theatre. At the end of the enchanted path you reach Old Man Winter’s Travelling Theatre Tent, where a spectacle of festive marvels awaits you. Not to mention free hot chocolate, a warm place to relax, sparkly face painting and the chance to make your own traditional winter decoration to take home!
Ice Skating at The Eden Project
18 October to 22 February
Play it cool together on the fabulous indoor skating rink at Eden. There’s plenty of fun to be had here for families with children aged 18 months to 18 years. For really little ones, there are parent and toddler play sessions on the ice with plenty of toys strewn about the rink to spice things up. For youngsters aged five plus, there are a range of free skating sessions and lessons from which to choose. The Eden ice rink is also accessible to manual wheelchair users – another bonus.
Sugar and Spice Christmas Grotto
29 November to 31 December
Come and meet Father Christmas and his new helpers, the Cornish Piskies, at their underground Sugar and Spice Christmas Grotto. Bring your children to us here at Bedruthan (yes, biased – we plead guilty as charged) where you can all lose yourselves in festive fairy tale magic.You see, when we heard on the grapevine that Father Christmas was in need of some extra helpers this year, we were delighted to oblige by offering the services of our dear friends, the Cornish Piskies, who dwell in these parts.Their mission? To make plenty of gingerbread biscuits to keep Santa’s reindeer well fed. But they need your help to hunt up enough magic ingredients. Wind your way by candlelight through the Sugar and Spice woodland trail of real trees and gather magical ingredients to help the piskies make Father Christmas’s invigorating elixir. After you hang your Christmas wish on Mawgan, the magical wishing tree, visit the gingerbread house and mix ingredients for the reindeer’s biscuits. Finally, you can join Father Christmas in his comfy underground den, sit down on a woodland log and get a seasonal, edible gift.
Tudor Father Christmas at Trerice House
13 December to 21 December
I love taking my children to meet the Tudor Father Christmas at Trerice House, a beautifully-preserved Elizabethan manor house not far from the hotel. It’s great fun to wander round the house and imagine yourselves back in time to the house’s Tudor heyday. Trerice’s Lord Christmas is dressed in traditional green, which predates the more familiar red robes, and he shares lots of pre-Victorian Christmas tales and traditions that we rarely get to hear these days.
Meet Santa and his reindeer at Gwel An Mor
2, 9, 4 and 11 December
Come and meet Santa’s newest reindeer recruits – Nadelik and Lowen. Santa and his elves will introduce you personally and you can sit in the big man’s sleigh to receive your special, personally-addressed gift. There will be lots of other Christmas activities and entertainment happening at Gwel an Mor as well.