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Riverside Family Holidays in Cornwall


Christmas in Cornwall

Christmas stars

Cornwall is a beautiful place to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year and there’s plenty going on across the county throughout December for all ages. Why not book your festive break with family and friends at Midships Cottage in Polruan and spend Christmas in Cornwall by the river, or stay at 4 Elm Cottages in Polruan with a group of friends and ring in the New Year on the raised patio watching fireworks over the river, or down at the Quay. With Christmas markets, light displays, ice skating, visits to see Father Christmas, and plenty of mulled cider and mince pies, you’ll be spoilt for choice this Christmas.

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Here are some events and activities to get you in the festive mood:

Christmas Markets 2015

Purchase gifts for loved ones from an array of stalls selling handicrafts, food and drink, while listening to live music playing your favourite Christmas songs.

Fowey Christmas Market

Fowey Christmas Market - Leisure Centre and Town Quay
5th & 6th December
Truro Victoria Market - Piazza, Lemon Quay
8th to 13th December
Padstow Christmas Festival - Padstow
3rd to 6th December
Dickensian Evening Street Market - Lostwithiel
10th December
Christmas at Flambards - Flambards, nr Helston
5th & 6th December

Santa skating

Christmas at Eden

When: Throughout December

Feed the reindeer, go ice skating, meet Father Christmas, and enter the Enchanted Rainforest Biome for the Yule-tide Ark-ive and enjoy live music, theatre performances and a journey through the winter wonderland.

Christmas Carol Concerts

“Glad Tidings we Bring” – A Christmas Concert by Truro Cathedral Choir
Truro Cathedral - Saturday 19th December
Salvation Army Christmas Concert
Princess Pavilion, Falmouth - 6th December
Cornish Christmas Carols at Pencarrow
Pencarrow House - Bodmin 4th & 5th December
Carol Concert in aid of Children’s Hospice South West
Falmouth United Reform Church - 13th December
Pelynt Male Choir present "Carols at Whitecross"
Whitecross Village Hall near Bodinnick - 13th December
Polperro Fisherman’s Choir
Quayside Centre in West Looe - 21st December

Santa by Steam

Santa by Steam

Bodmin and Wenford Railway, 5th – 24th December, 2015

Join Santa and his little helpers in the magic grotto aboard the steam hauled train and take a festive journey through the Cornish countryside.

Christmas Day Swim

If you’re feeling brave and want to work off all of those mince pies, head to one of the organised Christmas or Boxing Day swim in the sea events. The chilly dips are organised at beaches in Bude, Sennen and Gwithian on Christmas day, and on Boxing Day at Charlestown.


Christmas Lights

Towns and villages across Cornwall will be lit up from the end of November but there are a few that are worth popping to see such as the Christmas lights that are dotted around the waterfront and in the water itself in Mousehole and Padstow.

Winter Wonderland

Truro - 23rd December

Snow is guaranteed this Christmas as Truro transforms into a winter wonderland. There will be a snowball throwing area, Cornish choirs, food stalls, and characters from the Frozen film will be meeting little guests.

New Year’s Eve

What better way to ring in the arrival of 2016 than with friends, family and festive cheer in Cornwall. Looe, Polperro, Newquay and St Ives are all popular places to dress up in costumes and enjoy fireworks and celebrations all night long.