From traditional village lights to magnificent storytelling in the woods. Make sure you add these Cornish Christmas events 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 14th December and will be on daily from 5pm-11pm, until the 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 than seeing as many Christmas lights as possible? From the 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.
Truro City of Lights
Truro will be illuminated by the City of Lights lantern parade on Wednesday 20th 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.
Between 30th November-30th December, experience a Christmas like no other at the magical Eden Project. You can visit Father Christmas, go ice skating and attend the Christmas Jumper Swap Shop.
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.
Fowey Christmas Market
Fancy a spot of Christmas shopping, then head to Fowey from 6th-8th December. With almost 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.
Penzance Montol Festival
Penzance’s Montol Festival is a six-day arts and community festival celebrating the midwinter solstice and Cornish traditions of the past, culminating in the main event, Montol Eve on December 21st. Disguise is the most important element and those attending are encouraged to wear masks and dress up.
Guise (pronounced “geeze’) dancing is the star of the show, which was not always dancing, but plays, skits, and songs. The festival features mischievous costumed groups, known as guilds, who perform their acts and pranks on the other guilds. 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
Spend an afternoon in the woods watching last years Modern Creatives, multi award winning Rogue Theatre. 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.
Padstow Christmas Festival
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, Nathan Outlaw and Angela Hartnett. 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.