Choose a Holiday in Cornwall this Christmas

When most of us think of Cornwall we think of the summer, hitting the beach to top up the tan or brave the county’s famous surf. Cornwall isn’t just a sunshine destination however, there’s loads to do when the nights draw in, making it the perfect location to stay during the festive season.

  • Mousehole Lights: Mousehole is one of Cornwall’s prettiest harbours and at Christmas its’ lit up by sea creatures and festive favourites, with old fashioned lanterns adorning the villages lanes and harbour walls. The lights will be officially switched on, on 17th December.
  • Feadon farm: Our very own British wildlife sanctuary complete with tame foxes who made the news thanks to their endearing relationship with the farm’s pet dogs, birds of prey, reptiles, lots of cute furry things and nature walks, designed to introduce the whole family to Cornwall’s native wildlife.
  • Gwel an Mor’s Christmas festival: At Gwel an Mor’s first Christmas Festival, visitors will have a chance to meet Father Christmas and resident reindeer, Nadelik and Lowen. Taking place from the 10th – 11th December, the festival is set in our magical woodland complete with a barn filled with real life nativity animals.
  • Ice skating in Eden: The Eden project, home to Cornwall’s instantly recognisable biospheres, gets all winter wonderland from the 22nd October to 23rd December with its very own ice rink. This year, Eden is offering ice skating lessons for all the family; from on-ice games for children as young as six to Superskate sessions for experienced skaters.
  • Lappa Valley Steam Railway: Running on one of the oldest railway track beds in Cornwall, the Lappa Valley Steam Railway consists of three miniature railways running through a conservation area, perfect for children and train enthusiasts alike. At Christmas, the railway plays host to Father Christmas with train rides to his grotto and mulled wine for the adults.
  • Serious surfing: While most associate the beach with the summer, serious surfers hit the coast in the winter when the waves are bigger and the tourists have gone home. Head to north Cornwall for the best surf. The Surf Academy in St Ives boasts a 92% stand up rate, with world class teachers and lessons for all abilities.
  • Winter walks: The Cornish coast takes on a whole new energy in winter months with brooding sky’s and waves crashing against the shore. Away from the coast, Bodmin Moor provides plenty of wild walks for the avid rambler, complete with the chance of seeing its famous beast. A guide to the best walks in the county can be found on the Visit Cornwall website.
  • Christmas at The Residence: Luxury lodges complete with wood burning stoves make The Residence a seriously cosy destination when the nights draw in. Available to buy under shared ownership, residents at The Residence will enjoy Christmases to remember with a delicious festive feast at its on-site restaurant, The Terrace and a visit from Father Christmas complete with real life Reindeer.
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