Nadelik Lowen

Robin at Heligan

Or to put it in English “ Happy Christmas”, and if you are thinking of coming to Cornwall over the festive period, then you should be planning now. Why not take a few days out before Christmas and head down to Cornwall to get away from it all, browse the independent shops in a destination like St Ives or Truro, instead of braving the crowds in a mall full of faceless emporiums.

Take a blustery walk on the beach, enjoy a bowl of steaming fish stew in a Cornish pub, wave watch from behind the comfort of a hotels windows…. And if you time it right, you could catch one of Cornwall’s festive events, some of which are listed below.

Christmas Markets: Truro has markets galore from the early December right through to Christmas Eve. There’s also the return of the Christmas Festival at Padstow in early December, the same weekend as the Fowey Christmas Market and there will be plenty of stalls in Falmouth during their big festive weekend on the 10th and 11th.

And if Christmas lights are your thing, and why wouldn’t they be? The big ones are the Mousehole lights and the Angarrack lights, both in West Cornwall, both will be having soft launches this year, the lights being turned on over a few days rather than all at once. This is to try and avoid big crowds turning up. 

Elsewhere the Night Garden at Heligan, has illuminated birds and animals dotted around the garden, or there's the Christmas Tunnel of Lights at Charlestown? There's a more lights at the Eden Project where the Rainforest Biome will have a magnificent light displays gleaming beneath the canopy transporting visitors to an enchanted forest world.

And talking of Christmas lights, there are of course plenty of other towns and villages that will be lit up over the festive period, so wherever you decide to visit be prepared to be enlightened!

Talking of light (and darkness) Penzance celebrates mid-winter in spectacular fashion on December 21st. The Montol festival sees all sorts of strange masked characters take to the streets, playing tunes and dancing from midday till late into the night. It’s not a place for the feint-hearted and old St Nick stays well clear. More Festive darkness is on display at Bodmin Jail where they have a seasonal tour which will take you from debtors’ jails to the workhouses, the impact of Charles Dickens on the plight of the poor and the public fascination with a Christmas execution.

And then there's panto... Oh yes there is! This year see's Cornwall's very own Miracle Theatre performing in both St Ives and Falmouth with their own take on Sleeping Beauty, if other years are anything to go by, it will be brilliant!

And if you can’t get away before Christmas, or you want to treat that someone special after all they have done this year, why not book a trip away in the spring and surprise them on Christmas Day? Check out Visit Cornwall's website and see what's available.

Alternativly, there's loads of Christmas gifts available from Cornish providers here.

For up to date what’s on info, places to go and just about everything else… head over to the Visit Cornwall website