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5 Cornish ideas to get in the festive spirit

Whether you want to stock up on local Christmas presents, delight in the magic of Christmas with your kids or indulge in a mulled wine or two, these Cornish ideas are the perfect way to get in the festive mood while enjoying your Cornwall holiday.

So, what are you waiting for - get the dates in your diary and let the countdown begin! 

1. Watch the Mousehole Christmas lights switch on

Embrace the dark evenings and step into Mousehole's winter wonderland.

When: 15th December 2018 onward 

Where: Mousehole

Head to Mousehole on the 15th of December and watch the Christmas Harbour Lights be switched on for the 55th year in a row. With a huge array of delightful festive lights – from whales to Christmas crackers - the harbour is quite a sight and sure to get everyone feeling festive. Plus, you'll enjoy an open-air Carolaire Choir service on the North Quay (or the Mousehole Methodist Church if it rains). If you can't make the switch on event, the lights will be on from 5pm - 11pm until the 4th of January, so there is plenty of time to catch them. 

Find out more on the Mousehole Lights website

2. Craft a Christmas wreath

Craft a beautiful wreath to hang on your front door.

Credit: Tregothnan

When: 16th November and 7th December 2018

Where: Tregothnan

If you've ever looked at artful wreath-adorned front doors and wished you could do the same, look no further! Tregothnan is best known for its fine English tea, but they do lots more including wreath making events. On this festive workshop you'll learn how to create your very own Christmas Wreath under the expert tutelage of a florist. You’ll use foliage fresh from the garden to create your piece – perhaps mixing spruce with lavender for a fragrant take or blending holly with edible chilli for a quirky masterpiece.

Visit the Tregothnan website to book your place.

3. Skate on the only indoor rink in Cornwall

Ice skating under the shadow of the Biomes is a brilliant festive activity.

Credit: The Eden Project 

When: 13th October 2018 to 24th February 2019 

Where: The Eden Project

Head to The Eden Project this winter and once you're done exploring the rainforest, have a go skating on the only indoor ice-skating rink in the county! Penguin and Snowman skating aids are available for hire and are great for teaching children how to balance on ice. There is also special non-skating ice-play sessions for toddler, Sunday morning family fun skates and experts lessons available too. 

Take a look at The Eden Project website for more details. 

4. Shop for Cornish made Christmas presents

Find gifts for all your loved ones at the Made in Cornwall Christmas fair.

Credit: Made in Cornwall

When: 28th, 29th and 30th November and 1st and 2nd of December

Where: Truro

If you like supporting local artists and producers, here is your chance! At this year’s Made in Cornwall Christmas fair you'll be able to shop for a huge range of goods all made right here in the county of Cornwall. Throughout the market you'll find a range of items from ceramics and candles to local ale and jigsaw puzzles. It's the perfect chance to pick up a little something for everyone and support local artists and makers while you’re at it. 

Plan your day around the Facebook event.

5. Meet Santa by steam train

Take a magical ride to meet Santa on the Bodmin Steam Railway.

Credit: Bodmin Railway

When: Various throughout December  

Where: Bodmin  

For a Christmas activity your kids will never forget, hop aboard the steam train and say hello to Santa. Your festive outing will begin with mince pies, seasonal drinks and carols on the platform, before the steam train rolls in and you all hop aboard for an hour journey through the beautiful surrounding countryside. Aboard, kids are able to visit Santa, as well as receive a gift and get a photo. Over the course of December there'll also be two Autism friendly trains and four wheelchair accessible trains to make sure everyone can make those special Christmas memories.

Find more information on the Bodmin railway website.

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