There is plenty to see and do this Christmas in Cornwall. From traditional village lights to magnificent storytelling in the woods, here is our list of must-do activities, so make sure you add them to your festive calendar.
Nothing says Christmas in Cornwall like the sight of Mousehole Harbour all lit up. A staple of Cornish childhoods (who didn’t argue with their siblings over which was better – the Sea Serpent or the Whale). You can’t beat wandering through the small cobbled streets, mulled wine in hand, spotting your favourite lights in the crisp Cornish air.
The lights will be switched on, on Saturday 15th December and will be on daily from 5pm-11pm, until Friday 4th January. This is except for one hour, on the anniversary of Penlee Lifeboat tragedy when they are dimmed as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives.
The only thing better than one festive village is two. What could be better on a chilly December evening then seeing as many Christmas lights as possible. From Saturday 1st of December, when the lights are switched on, you can see the Twelve Days of Christmas in lights in Angarrack.
Angarrack is a village in west Cornwall just a mile outside Hayle, a perfectly quaint location for a stroll through the light displays.
City of Lights- Truro
Truro will be illuminated by the City of Lights lantern parade on Wednesday 21st November. The City of Lights is a family favourite, an annual tradition which has been running for over 20 years. It sees perfectly curated large-scale, handmade withy and tissue lanterns carried through the streets by professional artists, accompanied by an array of smaller lanterns which have been created, (and are proudly carried by) local school children and community groups.
It sees large-scale, handmade withy and tissue lanterns carried through the streets created by professional artists, accompanied by an array of smaller lanterns made by local school children and community groups.
The parade is a creative celebration of art, dance, music and light. It is a festivity we’re proud to sponsor and we’ll be there on the night with live coverage on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Make sure to tune in!
Christmas Festival- Eden Project
Between 24th November-30th December, experience a Christmas like no other at the magical Eden Project. You can visit Father Christmas, go ice skating and watch awe-inspiring light installations with live music and projections.
Their cafés will be serving seasonal food to get you in the festive mood. There is also a chance to do some shopping after in their gift shop, which is open until late on selected evenings.
Christmas Market- Fowey
Fancy a spot of Christmas shopping, then head to Fowey from 30th November – 2nd December. With over 200 hand-picked traders, there will be something for everyone on your list, including a collection of handmade gifts, arts and crafts as well as the region’s finest locally produced food and drink. We also have a Seasalt shop in Fowey, so be sure to pop in for some locally designed Christmas gifts. Find the full list of exhibitors at Fowey’s Christmas market can be found here.
Montol Festival- Penzance
Penzance’s Montol Festival is a week-long art and community festival, celebrating old local traditions and midwinter solstice and ending with the celebration of Montol Eve on 21st December. The day has a light and darkness theme with fire-lit processions, traditional music, performances and carols. If you’re going along, make sure to pop into the Seasalt shop to pick up lots of festive goodies.
Rogue Theatre’s Winter Wood – Tehidy Woods
They return to the magical Tehidy Woods this December with Old Man Winter telling new stories of myth, legend and festive magic in a winter celebration like no other.
Rogue Theatre’s performances are highly visual, mesmerising adventures for the whole family.
Christmas Festival- Padstow
There are plenty of fine local foods and crafts on sale at the market in Padstow and a schedule bursting with live cookery demonstrations from the likes of Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth and Phil Vickery. You can view the full list of chefs here. Make sure to pop into the Seasalt shop if you’re there to pick up some special gifts inspired by Cornwall.
Padstow is a charming, working fishing town on the north coast of Cornwall. It’s surrounded by breathtaking beaches and a famous destination for any foodie.
We’d love to discover what you’re up to this festive season. Make sure to share with us across social media using #SeasaltChristmas.