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Or to put it in English “ Happy Christmas”. Yes I know it’s still October, but if you are thinking of coming to Cornwall over the festive period, then you should be planning now. Last Christmas was all about grabbing a few days with family as lockdown was lifted for a brief period, this year, hopefully, things will be different.

So why not plan some time away, let somebody else do all the hard work and enjoy some me time… Or 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: Last year many of us were reduced to shopping on-line for pressies, but there’s no excuse this year for getting out there and buying something unique from local craftsmen, artists or food producers. Cornwall has a wealth of markets happening in the run up to Christmas, starting at the Eden Project in early November and Fowey’s wonderful three day event at the end of the month that takes over the whole of the waterside town.

In between there’s the Christmas Fayre at the Bedruthan Hotel and Spa, why not make a weekend of it and book a stay and relax… There’s also a festive market at Heartlands and to top it all off Truro has markets galore from the 19th November, when the Christmas lights get switched on, right through to Christmas Eve.

And if Christmas lights are your thing, and why wouldn’t they be? This year sees a welcome return to both the Mousehole lights and the Angarrack lights, both in West Cornwall. Other towns and villages 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.

However, Santa will be busy this year, appearing all over Cornwall in the run up to his big day.  If you’re lucky you may still be able to catch up with him as he steams out of Bodmin Station on selected dates leading up to Christmas Eve.

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 afterwards and surprise them on Christmas Day? St Michael’s Hotel in Falmouth have Twixmas breaks from 27th December and many other accommodation providers will be offering similar, just check out our website.

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