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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 practising your leftovers recipes ready for Christmas day.

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


Ice Skating at the Eden Project 

12th Oct 2019 - 23rd Feb 2020

Make your trip to the Eden Project that much more exciting with a go on the ice rink this winter.


Trelissick Christmas Craft Fair

1st December

Choose that perfect gift this Christmas at the Trelissick Craft Fair 10.30am - 4.30pm.


Padstow Christmas Festival

5th - 8th

Head to Padstow this December to take part in a variety of wonderful events that are taking place over the four days. Never know, you might get to meet Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth or Nathan Outlaw if you're lucky. 


Santas on the Run

8th December

Think you can manage a 2k run, jog or walk? Why not join the Eden Project in this great fun run. With various stations located around the run it will be great fun for all the family while supporting a great charity! (You get a free Santa suit too!!)


Minack Christmas Concert

15th December

Get things off to a festive start this Christmas with the Pendeen Silver Band playing all the best Christmas tunes.


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

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