Cornwall, with its beaches, surfing and outdoor lifestyle, may not be the first place to spring to mind when you think ‘Christmas!’ but we’ll show you exactly why it should be!
Picture stunning winter sunsets, cozy warm bars, twinkling lights and mulled wine on the beach.
So let’s start with the most North of our Cornish towns, Bude…
This year the local community have gone all-out; Bude Stratton Town Council are holding a fayre on the 4th December which will host over 50 artisan Cornish stalls a bar and hot food – what more could you ask for!? Bude are also hosting beach hut Christmas market on the 10th December – back for the first time since it’s debut in 2019! The market will include some of the best creatives in the area with gifts to inspire your Christmas list, delicious food and warming mulled wine. As stated on their facebook event page ‘tuck into a woodfired sourdough pizza while overlooking the rolling waves of the Atlantic ocean.’ The fun doesn’t stop there though, Bude have organized a Christmas Day swim! The swim will be raising money for Bude Surf Lifesaving Club – so start your Christmas Day in the spirit of giving by either lining the beach and cliffs as a spectator or by joining in yourself!
Heading south along the coastline we meet Newquay! This typically known surfing town is buzzing this Christmas with a variety of festive events for the whole family. Gazing at the sights of the Lights and Lantern Parade on the 25th November sounds like it should be at the top of your to-do list this Christmas. There is also the MIX Christmas Fair and Santas Grotto which runs from the 25th-26th November. Alongside the MIX fair is the Killacourt Christmas Market which runs for 3 days from the 25th November, the market includes live music and a bar, too! If you’re looking for something directed specifically at the kids, Father Christmas will be at Trerice on Saturday & Sunday 10, 11, 17, 18 and Wednesday 21 – Friday 23 December for a 30 minute storytime – and every child goes home with a gift! Another Grotto to add to the to-do list is the Newquay Zoo. The Zoo are opening their magical Santas Grotto from the 17th-24th December!
25 miles south we meet the town of Hayle. From the 26th November – 24th December, Paradise Park are running a Santa’s Workshop for the kids! Let your little ones meet the man himself, and experience the magic of Christmas. Your ticket also includes a trip around the park so turn this activity into a full day of excitement! Hayle are also hosting a Lantern Parade on the 25th November. They’re encouraging parade-goers to cover themselves in fairy lights and stroll through the town in the parade from the outdoor swimming pool to the day centre where everyone can indulge in music and refreshments! Fancy something a little more ‘festive menu and mulled wine’? We’ve got just the thing. The Old Quay House on Griggs Quay are hosting 3 very special Merry and Bright Nights! On the 16th, 10th and 17th December, there will be live acoustic guitar, mulled wine, cider, crackers and twinkling lights creating a traditionally festive atmosphere for an equally festive meal.
Another of the Cornish locations on The Discover App is Launceston. Launceston Town Hall have organised a Johnny Cowling Christmas concert to raise funds for Launceston & District Friends of Cancer Research UK. Not only do you get an evening of Christmas-y live music, but a pasty meal is also included with every ticket! The Town Hall is also host to ‘Twisted Christmas’, a collection of 7 micro-plays by writers from both Cornwall and the rest of the UK. The plays include themes such as ‘how to buy the perfect gift for your unloved ones, the dark side of Christmas cracker jokes, and one woman’s maniacal plot to murder Santa Claus’ – sounds fun, right!? Definitely targeted to adults, it’s a great way to unwind after a tough day of Christmas shopping!
Back towards the coast (east of Launceston), you’ll come across the ancient town of Camelford but, don’t let its historical buildings fool you into thinking it isn’t also a vibrant town to be a part of! This Christmas, Camelford are hosting a Big Winter Festival! The Festival is taking place on the 26th November throughout the town! You can join in with the lantern parade, meet Santa at the Masons Arms, enjoy the Christmas market at the Old Bank or indulge in a hog roast! Before heading to the lantern parade, why not check out the lantern workshop at Camelford Library so you can arrive with your newly-made lantern ready to join in the festivities!
The last of our current locations within Cornwall is Wadebridge. The Royal Cornwall Events Centre in Wadebridge go all-out for the Cornish Winter Fair on the 19th and 20th November! Expect an array of food, drinks and crafts – the perfect place to catch up with friends, tick off some names on your Christmas list and kickstart the festivities for a wonderfully bright and happy Christmas.
Penzance is known to have one of the mildest climates in the UK as well as being home to coves and heritage sites like no other. At Christmas, Penzance will be lit up on the 26th November and artists will line many shop windows with their work to create an artistic trail for all to enjoy! The Acorn Theatre are showing ‘The Christmassey Christmas Show of Christmassey Christmasness’ on the 22nd December. It is described as ‘an over-stuffed stocking of seasonal surprises crammed with puppets, songs, quizzes and comedy, and over-flowing with crazy characters, silly slapstick, tall tales and fantastic facts’. It sounds like an event not to be missed!
So, we’re sure you’ll agree, Cornwall is certainly not just the summer staycation location we all know and love – it’s so much more and this festive season is the time to check it out!
And while you’re enjoying these festive events in these fantastic locations – see all the other great things to shop, eat and do while you’re there over on The Discover App now.
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