Xmas 2014

Christmas 2014 in Cornwall

National Trust properties have some great Christmas events and our beautiful Cornish towns and city put on wonderful displays of Christmas lights, there are spectacular lantern processions, beautifully-decorated shop windows full of tempting goodies and Christmas markets stuffed with festive cheer. There might even be a Santa or two!

Running through eight towns will be Cornwall Hospice Care’s Annual Santa Fun Run series. Join Team Santa and help raise funds. Run, jog or walk along the route, and have a mince pie afterwards. 6 Dec: Wadebridge to Padstow cycle, 10am; 6 Dec: Padstow, 1pm; 7 Dec: Pool, 1pm; 13 Dec: Falmouth, Santa vs Rudolf, 1pm; 20 Dec: Newquay, beach run, 9.30am; 21 Dec: Marazion, beach run, 10am. Sign up, get your free Santa Suit and get training! www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk/Events

Here’s a little selection of gems and a focus on four towns.

The Christmas lights in Mousehole are a stunning sight, with floating displays of lights in the harbour and around the streets that are filled with the aroma of mulled wine and festive food.

Liskeard Lights up with a magical lantern parade: ‘The Lights Before Christmas’, and fireworks.

Penzance’s Montol festival is a six-day festival celebrating Cornish traditions of the past with lantern- and mask-making workshops, strolling bands, carol services, storytelling, Mummers plays, a ceilidh and culminating on 21 Dec: Montol Eve.

Follow the clues through a wonderful winter wonderland and find Santa at Heartlands, Pool, booking essential at www.theartjar.com; every weekend from 6 Dec.

Padstow’s four-day Christmas Festival (4 to 7 Dec) has traditional Christmas market laden with Cornish goodies, live cookery demonstrations. Santa’s grotto, fireworks and live music.

On 14 Dec: experience the Christmas story in Falmouth’s Live Nativity with carols, the nativity scene and animals including sheep and goats. For more check out


This vibrant city really comes alive during the festive season with a wonderful mix of events and Christmas shopping. Every year, the ‘City of Lights’ procession and Christmas lights switch-on marks the start of Christmas festivities.

Every Wednesday: late night shopping until 9pm, and the streets will be filled with festive market stalls, entertainers, brass bands and carol singers, and the festive smell of mulled wine and hot chestnuts!

Santa at Truro Library. Wednesdays 10 & 17 Dec: write a letter to Santa & visit him in the Community Garden for a gift, £3, 5.30 to 7.30pm, book at the library

also at Truro Library on 17 Dec: Christmas stories, songs, craft, & a party with food, 10am, free, wear fancy dress.

5 & 6 Dec:

Truro Primestock Christmas Craft & Food Fair

9 to 14 Dec:

Victorian Christmas Market enormous, heated marquee is decorated to recreate the feel of a Victorian Street Market with 70 exhibitors in full period costume, a live animal pen, choirs, stilt-walkers, singers and special guests.

Truro Cathedral, Check out www.trurocathedral.org.uk for a host of wonderful Christmas services and a spectacular choir.

St Ives

5 Dec:

Santa arrives into St Ives Harbour by RNLI lifeboat 6pm. There will also be amazing Swamp circus’ acrobatic elves and stilt walking fairies with bubbles; Santa’s grotto from 7.30 pm; Kidz R Us performing pantomime snippets; the town band, glorious Christmas lights and a town treasure hunt with prizes. Road closure: 5.30 to 7.30pm, From Wharf Road from Lifeboat Hill, across to the bottom of Fore Street, traffic to be re-directed down Fore Street.
Santa’s grotto at ‘The Glass Tree’ Fore Street, open 5 Dec: 7.30 to 8.30pm; Saturdays 6, 13 & 20 Dec: 12.30 to 3.30pm; Sundays 7, 14 & 21 Dec: 2 to 4pm; and Christmas Eve 11am to 2pm.

Other Festive events

6 Dec: Kidz R Us Christmas Bazaar, St Ives Theatre, 11am to 4pm, gorgeous gift ideas and goodies, performances on stage and a dazzling dance showcase from Jason Thomas Performing Arts, free entry.
Fore Street Methodist Church: 6 Dec, Christmas Concert, 7pm; 13 Dec, Christingle Service, 2pm; 20 Dec, Cornish Carol Concert, 7pm
23 Dec: Festive Farmers Market 07727 210324
22 & 23, 27 to 30 Dec: ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, Kidz R Us pantomime, see pages 12 & 13.


28 Nov: Festive Festival, late night shopping, Lantern procession with Santa and his real reindeer, meet the reindeer 3.30 to 6pm, Hotel Victoria. The Christmas lights will be switched on, followed by fabulous fireworks!
28 to 30 Nov: Music & Ale Festival and Christmas Craft and Food market, Fore Street
Elf trail – help Santa find his lost elves in Newquay to receive a reward and enter in a grand draw for a family ice skating ticket at The Esplanade Hotel. Trail maps from Tourist Information and Esplanade Hotel. www.newquaybid.co.uk/events 01637 498599


Camborne is packed with specialist retailers with years of experience, some great national stores and plenty of places to eat, drink and be merry. There is free weekend parking in Rosewarne Car Parks from 22 Nov up to Christmas and a stunning 30 foot eco-friendly Christmas tree.
Free Santa’s Grotto, 10am to 4pm, 6 & 20 Dec: Trevithick Market; 13 Dec: Commercial Square.
Thursday 18 Dec: Children’s Lantern Parade, from 5.30pm in the Square, Pipes & Drums, Proper Job, Carol Service, parade led by Father Christmas and accompanied by Samba Bands and the Camborne Boys and Girls Brigades.

National Trust Events this Christmas


near Helston, 01736 763194
Bring the whole family and your dog for a walk on the beautiful Godolphin estate this winter – there’s 500 acres to explore: sheltered woodland and the bracing rugged landscape of Godolphin hill with coast-to-coast views from St Ives to St Michael’s Mount.  Treat yourself to a well-earned hot chocolate in the Piggery. 29 Nov to 14 Dec: follow the family trail and see the House decorated 18th century style for a traditional Cornish Christmas, 10am to 4pm; imagine how Harriott and Willigo, the children of Francis, 2nd Earl of Godolphin, would have celebrated Christmas at Godolphin, dress-up in their nightclothes and climb into their four poster bed.
13 & 14 Dec: Carols in the Courtyard with the Helston or Heyl concert bands, 11.30am to 1.30pm & 1.30 to 2.30pm, free with garden ticket.
13, 14, 20 to 23 Dec: create a beautiful decoupage decoration to take home and one for the tree in the King’s Room, £2 per child,11am to 3pm.

Trengwainton Garden

(near Penzance TR20 8RZ) 01736 363148
Enjoy the traditions of Christmas at Trengwainton.  5, 7, 12 & 14 Dec: Garden open 11am to 4pm, half price entry, dogs on short leads welcome. Have fun doing the new family trail ‘Spot the snowman’. Book to have Christmas lunch with all the trimmings at the Tea room, 01736 331717.
12 Dec: Late Night Shopping, 5.30 to 8pm, 10% discount and mulled wine, mince pies and a toasty fire!
Winter is a great time to get out and explore West Cornwall’s beautiful deserted beaches, brooding moors and evocative World Heritage mining landscape.  Collect a scrap book from Godolphin or Trengwainton and try out ‘50 Things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities.  #27 star gazing is easy now the days are short.  #7 Fly a kite – ideal for windy winter beaches.


near Newquay, 22 November to 21 Dec Join in Trerice’s preparations with crafts, entertainment, food and festive fun for all the family; ring 01637 875404 for details.  13, 14, 20 & 21 Dec: Visit the iconic Tudor Father Christmas for tales and traditions of Christmas past at 11.30am, 12.15, 1.30, 2.30 & 3.15pm (30 minute performance) and a present. Tickets from reception, adults £2+ entry, child £3+ entry. (This is a proper Father Christmas, not dressed in Coca Cola red and white.  ‘Tough luck – Birdie!’ Ed.)


nr Saltash, winter admission £5 (members, under 18s free). 22 Nov to 31 Dec: see the famous Christmas Garland, the Great Hall decorated, the log fire burning and choirs & musicians performing, 11am to 4pm. 22 & 23 Nov: Cotehele Christmas Food Fair, 10am to 4pm, £2, under 18s free. 20 Dec: Let’s Wassail, 11.30am, free, scare away evil spirits in the orchards, come in fancy dress and bring instruments. 20 to 23 Dec: At home with Mother and Father Christmas, 1 to 3.30pm, £2+ entry. 01579 351346

Lanhydrock House,

near Bodmin (great bike tracks),
01208 265950   6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 to 24, 27 Dec: A traditional Victorian Christmas, 11am to 4pm, in the decorated nursery rooms, with Victorian toys and games, family trail, activities and crafts, carol singing, and Morris dancers. 20 to 24 Dec: Meet Father Christmas, 12noon to 3pm, £2+entry.


near Truro, 01872 862090. 5 to 7, 12 to 14, & 19 to 22 Dec: Trelissick House is decorated for Christmas, with mulled wine in the kitchen and the house and garden illuminated after dusk. Visit Father Christmas, 12noon and 6pm, £3.50. Visiting reindeer and Craft workshops details on www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trelissick-garden