Things to do in Cornwall over the festive period

It’s the festive season once again, which has seemed to creep round at quite a pace this year!

As Christmas lights are switched on, presents are bought and the decorations are put up there is a hive of activity happening all over Cornwall. From Santa’s Grottos and Christmas crafts to fun runs and festive markets there is something for everyone to get into the festive cheer. Here is a quick rundown of a few of our favourites – many more can be found at What’s On Cornwall , and of course to make your Christmas even more special why not hire one of Forgotten Houses?


Crafts for Christmas – 26 November 2016 — 7 January 2017 

Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance


Meet Father Christmas & his Elves – 25 November — 24 December

Eden Project, St Austell


Cornwall Hospice Care Santa Fun Runs! – 26 November — 17 December

Bodmin, Wadebridge, Padstow, Newquay, Truro, Falmouth, Helston and Marazion.


Write a Letter to Father Christmas – 1st – 24th December

Heligan Garden, Pentewan, St.Austell


Choirs and Muscians under the Garland – 1 — 24 December

Cotehele, near Saltash


Padstow Christmas Food Festival – 1st-4th December

Padstow Town Centre

Trengwainton’s Lantern Walk – 2nd December

Candlelit gardens, music, food & Santa


Etsy Made Christmas Craft Fair – 2nd-4th December

St Ives, Cornwall


Sugar and Spice Grotto – 2nd – 22nd December

Meet Santa at Bedruthan Steps


Mevagissey Christmas Lights Switch On – 3rd December


Christmas Cookery at Philleah Way – 3rd December


Christmas lantern Night – 5th December

Heligan Garden, Pentewan, St.Austell


Christmas Wreath Making Workshop – 7th December

Christmas craft workshops in Godolphin House, Penzance


Tales of Ice & Snow – 8th December

The Poly, Falmouth


Truro’s Big Christmas Sing – 9th December

Truro Cathedral, Truro


Christmas Illuminations – 9th – 11th  December

Trelissick Gardens, near Truro


Truro Victorian Christmas Market – 13th-18th December


Christmas Movies on the Moor – 13th-14th December

Christmas films & festive food treats in Falmouth. 6pm


Late Night Shopping at Trelissick – 6th – 23rd  December


Father Christmas Visits The Lost Gardens – 17th – 24th December

Heligan Garden, Pentewan, St.Austell;