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Christmas Markets in Cornwall

Dare we say it? As the clocks go back and the days get darker earlier, the countdown to Christmas begins. There’s no better place to enjoy a Christmas break than Cornwall, so why not book a stay at one of our classic Cornish cottages and enjoy a festive stay in this beautiful region. There are so many things to do over the Christmas period, from visiting Father Christmas, late night shopping, ice skating, and visiting the Festival of Light and Sound at the Eden Project.

Towns and villages across Cornwall will be buzzing with Christmas Markets, offering the perfect opportunity to do your Christmas shopping at local stalls, listen to carol singers, and sample some delicious festive food and drink.

Here’s our guide to Christmas markets that will help put you in the festive mood during your stay in a cosy cottage in Cornwall.

Fowey Christmas Market

24th-26th November

This three-day market is bursting with local food, drink and entertainment. Mainly situated in the Fowey Town Quay and Albert Quay, there will be around 75 stalls selling high quality, gifts, clothes, crafts, artwork and food.

In the evenings, you can enjoy festive entertainment the many pubs, and there are Town Buses operating between the car parks and market all day on Saturday and Sunday.

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Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair, Truro

29th November to 3rd December

Showcasing the best of everything Cornish, this Christmas market is held in a large marquee on the central Lemon Quay piazza. There will be more than 90 traders selling their gifts, food and drink, as well as well as the Warrens café where you can rest your feet and enjoy a hot drink or baked treat. The sellers range from artists and furniture makers, to local handmade crafts, food and drink produce.

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Padstow Christmas Fair

7th to 10th December

This picturesque fishing town comes alive at during this festive period, with colourful Christmas lights and the bustling Christmas Fair on the waterfront. The fair centres around the harbour and there are more than 100 local producers showcasing their fare.  You’ll find plenty of ideas for gifts, from handmade crafts and artwork, to beautiful clothes and jewellery.

There will be demonstrations from local award-winning chefs, An Audience with the Chefs, and The Food Kitchen. Sharps Brewery will also hold a demonstration, and there will be plenty of opportunities to sample the local tipple, with many stalls selling cider, mulled wine, lager, ale, wine and spirits, all of which have been produced in Cornwall.

You can watch Father Christmas arrive on his horse drawn Victorian bus, enjoy the fantastic fireworks display on the harbour, watch the lantern parade, or listen live music and carol concerts.

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Dickensian Evening, Lostwithiel

14th December

Running for 15 years, this popular annual Dickensian Evening is a fantastic way to step back in time and enjoy an authentic Christmas experience. The lantern parade kicks off the event and is led along Fore St by the Town Band and local choirs.

People at the market stalls and in the late-opening shops are dressed in traditional Victorian outfits, and there are plenty of street food vendors selling delicious culinary treats including a hog roast, hot chestnuts, hot pots and festive sausages.

Little ones will love the old-fashioned merry-go-round fairground ride in Parade Square, as well as a special Santa's grotto where Santa wears traditional green robes, rather than his more familiar red attire.

While the street entertainment stops at 9pm, the fun continues until late in the town’s local pubs.

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Other dates to remember

14th October - 18th February - Ice Skating - Eden Project

16th November - Macmillan Christmas Fair - Eden Project

18th November - The Cornish Winter Fair - Wadebridge

18th November - St Austell Torchlight Carnival

22nd November - Truro City of Lights

25th/26th November - Festival of Christmas Artisan Market - Penventon Park Hotel

25th/26th November 1–3, 8–10, 15–23, 27–30 December - Festival of Light - Eden Project

25th/26th November - Bedruthan Christmas Fair

Dates between 25th Nov–24th December - Meet Father Christmas - Eden Project

29th November - Truro Reindeer Parade

2nd/3rd December - Flambards Christmas Fayre

3rd December - Santas on the Run - Eden Project

9th/10th December - Lost Gardens of Heligan Christmas Fair

9th December - Santa Fun Run - Padstow

10th December - Santa Fun Run - Plymouth

9th-24th December - Santa at Lappa Valley Steam Railway

12th-17th December - Winter Gift Fayre - Truro

16th December-6th January - Mousehole Christmas Lights

16th-21st December - Montol Festival, Penzance

16th/17th December - Nadelik - A Cornish Christmas - Falmouth