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December events in Cornwall

December has come around once more, bringing with it festive cheer and fun for all the family. Cornwall has plenty to offer when it comes to things to do this month. From Santa trains to Christmas illuminations, there's something for everyone.

Christmas in Cornwall is magical. Staying in a holiday cottage here means you'll benefit from all that the county has to offer during a quieter part of the year. As Cornwall still stays fairly warm (in comparison to the rest of the country) during winter, the gardens and fields are still green and you’ll rarely find snow. But the lack of wintery weather doesn’t stop the county going all out on festivities in the lead up to the big day. There are plenty of illuminations, Christmas markets and trips to Santa on offer. There are even the infamous Christmas Day swims. Of course, there’s still the beautiful landscapes and beaches to take in on winter walks, a very different experience to exploring in the summer months.


Alternatively, stay in and enjoy the luxuries of a self catering cottage by cooking up some festive treats or practicing your leftovers recipes ready for Christmas day.


These are some of our top picks of things to do in Cornwall this December:

1st to 2nd December: Lantern walk at Trengwainton garden

1st to 3rd December: St Ives Guildhall Christmas Fair

1st to 3rd December: Illuminations for Christmas at Trelissick gardens

3rd December: Eden Project Santa fun run

7th to 10th December: Padstow Christmas festival

7th and 14th December: Trerice House Christmas lunch and tour

15th to 16th December: Christmas weekend celebration in Wadebridge

16th to 17th December: Heartlands Christmas market weekend

16th to 17th and 20th to 24th December: Santa trains at Lappa Valley Steam Railway

17th December: The Minack theatre’s Christmas Cracker

30th December: Bodmin and Wenford Railway Winter Steam Up


Stay in a Cornwall holiday cottage to experience to magic of winter.

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