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December in Cornwall is simply magical. Whether it’s sampling the finest Cornish produce at one of the many Christmas Fairs, a festive walk through the year-round gardens, or an acclaimed theatre performance, December is full of festive activities.
Treice House, Newlyn East, Newquay. 20 minute drive
Every weekend in December
Enjoy a performance of Christmas carols by a selection of local choirs. The Tudor manor house, also available to tour, provides a perfect festive setting.
National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth. 30 minute drive
Every day (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
Explore first-hand stories from the Titanic with large installations, props from James Cameron’s 1997 movie adaptation, and rare artifacts.
Lemon Quay, Truro. 10 minute walk
Wednesday 28 November - Friday 2 December.
The Made in Cornwall fair showcases the best Cornish produce - everything from food and drink to jewellery and ceramics. A perfect opportunity for Christmas gift shopping in Truro from a number of highly skilled Cornish based artisans.
Truro. 10 minute walk
Each Wednesday in December on the lead up to Christmas
Embrace the winter festivities in Cornwall’s cathedral city. Wander amongst winding walkways, temporary market stalls and boutique shops. Roasting chestnuts, twinkling Christmas lights and the sound of the silver band playing in the distance - soak up the festive city atmosphere.
Padstow. 37 minute drive
Thursday 6 - Sunday 9 December
Returning for the 11th year, the Padstow Christmas Festival is an absolute must for foodies. Live demonstrations from the industry’s top chefs, including Michael Caines, Angela Hartnett and Rick Stein are complimented with some of Cornwall’s most talented cooks. Head for the food tents and sample food and drink from the county’s wonderful producers.
Princess Pavilion, Falmouth. 30 minute drive
Friday 7 December 2018 - Saturday 5 January 2019
Miracle Theatre are back with their latest Christmas show, Aladdin. Expect plenty of festive cheer and pantomime antics with a big helping of Miracle’s signature style.
Truro. 10 minute walk
Saturday 8 December
Bringing together the best of Cornwall’s orchestral talent, and performing against the grand backdrop of Truro’s Cathedral, Three Spiers perform Handel’s festive oratorio Messiah.
Pentewan, St. Austell. 30 minute drive
Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December
After exploring the 200 acres of beautiful gardens head inside and discover plenty of festive wonders. Savour seasonal treats and mulled wine in the Heligan Bakery and find live music in the Heligan Kitchen.
Mousehole. 1 hour drive.
Saturday 15 December - Friday 4 January
Complete your Christmas with a trip to see Mousehole’s festive lights. The little fishing village welcomes hundreds of site-seers throughout the season and teh lights are best seen with a hot mulled wine in hand.
The Alverton Hotel, Truro
Celebrate the New Year at The Alverton. Join us for our New Years Eve break that includes a ticket to our grand gala night, or head for a sumptuous seven course dinner in our award-winning restaurant complete with live jazz and great view of the city’s fireworks.
Situated in the centre of Cornwall, The Alverton provides a perfect base for Cornish adventures, no matter the time of year. Stays at The Alverton start from just £99 a night including a Cream Tea on arrival and a hearty breakfast - find out more about The Alverton's £99 offer.