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A Guide to Visiting Cornwall in December

December is a fantastic time to visit Cornwall. It may be colder, but that’s no reason to write off visiting this beautiful county… Put on a warm coat, a pair of gloves and your best bobble hat and venture outside! This guide will inform you of the best places to visit Cornwall during the magical month of December.

The beaches aren’t as busy and there are some truly magnificent Christmas light displays to get yourself into that festive spirit. There are a number of great Christmas markets for you to find your loved ones some truly unique gifts, from handmade keepsakes to delicious locally sourced food and  beverages. Father Christmas is even taking time out of his busy schedule to meet the well behaved children in the area. So whether you’re at home or on holiday in Cornwall this Christmas, you can double check that you’re on the nice list and if you’re lucky, even receive an extra gift from him in person!

Take a look at our guide on things to do when visiting Cornwall in December:

Visit the Christmas Markets

Here is a list of some of the best Christmas markets to visit in Cornwall throughout December:

  • 6th December – The Lost Gardens of Heligan Christmas Fair
  • 6th-8th December – Fowey Christmas Market
  • 7th December – The Alternative Christmas Market at Heartlands
  • 11th December – Truro Winter Gift Fayre
  • 14th December – Christmas Fair at Jubilee Wharf, Penryn
  • 21st December – Montol Festival Markets in Penzance
  • 22nd December – Perranporth Plastic Free Christmas Market
  • 16th Nov-22nd December – Healey’s Christmas MarketsTake a look at this holiday cottage near the Heartlands Alternative Christmas Market >>>

    Christmas Market

Go and see the Christmas Lights Displays

Cornwall has some fantastic Christmas lights displays throughout December. Here are some of our favourites:

  • 14th December – 4th January – Mousehole Harbour Light
  • 1st December – 5th January – Angarrack Christmas Lights
  • 29th Nov onwards – Helston
  • 30th Nov onwards  – Carnon Downs
  • 30th Nov onwards – Liskeard
  • 7th December onwards – Looe
  • 29th December onwards – St Ives
  • 1st December onwards – Padstow

Credit Hannah Pascoe Mousehole Harbour Lights
Take a look at this cosy 1 bed cottage in Hayle, near the Angarrack Christmas Lights. It’s dog friendly and even has a log burner, perfect for those cold December nights! 

Meet Father Christmas

Eden Project

30th November – 24th December

Meet Father Christmas and his elves from late November, right up until Christmas Eve! Not only do you get to meet Father Christmas, you also get to see ‘behind the scenes’. This includes seeing where the elves sleep, the pigeonholes full of everybody’s letters to Father Christmas and even the stockings laid out ready for Christmas Day!

You can book your places online, with prices starting at £10:

1 adult and 1 child: £10.00
2 adults and 1 child: £14.00
3 adults and 1 child: £18.00
Per additional child: £6.00

Book Tickets Here >>>

December in Cornwall - Father Christmas
Take a look at this three bed holiday cottage near the Eden Project, perfect for those holidaying in Cornwall in December >>>

Bodmin & Wenford Railway

30th November – 24th December

See Father Christmas like never before, aboard a beautiful steam train! There will be plenty of time to get a photo with Father Christmas on the hour-long return journey and children will receive a gift after meeting him.

30th November & 1st December – £13.00
7th December – 23rd December – £14.50
24th December – £15.00


  • An hour return journey on the steam train
  • A mince pie and a seasonal drink for adults
  • A visit to see Father Christmas
  • A present for each child
  • Christmas carols on the platform

Book Tickets Here >>>

December in Cornwall - Christmas train

Santa’s Grotto at Paradise Park

30th Nov-1st Dec, 14th-15th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th December

For only £5.95 per child, visit Santa’s Grotto and meet Father Christmas. You’ll receive a gift too! Tickets  don’t include entry to the park, but you can use the cafe areas and gift shops whilst you’re waiting to meet Father Christmas. Why not make a day of it and buy a discounted ticket into the Park and Jungle Barn! Tickets go on sale each event day from 10am, so no need to pre-book.

Christmas present

Have a look at this 4 bedroom holiday cottage near Paradise Park, it even has a heated swimming pool >>>


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