Events in Cornwall at Christmas

Below is a calendar of events to help you see what to do in Cornwall over Christmas holidays. So, if it's your first time visiting Cornwall over the festive period or if you're a local looking for inspiration to entertain family throughout the Christmas break, this list might be useful for you.


Date What  Where
12 Nov - 18 Dec weekends only Healey's Cyder Farm Festival Penhallow, Truro
1st Dec - 2nd Jan 23

Heligan at Night

Lost Gardens of Heligan

Pentewan, Saint Austell 


1st - 4th Dec

Padstow Christmas Festival

Food | Live Music | Local makers and venders

2nd Christmas light switch on Padstow
2nd - 4th 

Fowey Christmas Market 

Food | Live Music | Local makers and venders

2nd - 4th

St. Ives Christmas Market

Food | Live Music | Local makers and venders

St. Ives
3rd Dec - 8th Jan

Tunnel of Lights

Family | Experience

Charles Town
2nd - 24th Dec

Christmas at Eden

Ice skating | Meet Santa | light show

Eden Project

Santa on the harbour

Fun family event

St. Ives
9th - 11th Roots culture Christmas Market Porthtowan
12th Dec - 6th Jan

Mousehole Harbour Christmas Lights


Montal Festival

Winter solace folk festival 


25th, 26th, 1st Jan

Santa Swim


Community sea swim


Various beaches:

- Perranporth

- St. Ives


While you're here, drop into a Whistlefish Shop for cards, gifts and art.

christmas card

Image features Christmas Love Heart Christmas Card (£1 or 15 for £9)

Whistlefish have Stores are located in the following towns St. Ives, Falmouth, Newquay, Looe, Fowey & Truro some opening for longer hours during local events. 

Fowey: Christmas Market
Friday 2nd Dec open until 8:30pm
Saturday 3rd Dec open until 6pm
Sunday 4th Dec open until 5pm
St Ives: Santa on the Harbour
Wednesday 7th Dec open until 6pm
Saturday 10th Dec Christmas Lantern Parade open until 7pm
Padstow: Christmas Light Switch on
Friday 2nd Dec open until 8:30pm


Visit for more opening hours. 

If you need more inspiration for activities during the festive period you can print off the 'Christmas in Cornwall Checklist'! 

Check off all things festive with the Downloadable Christmas 'To Do' List 

what to do in cornwall at christmas

 Did we miss anything happening over Christmas? Let us know in the comments! 

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