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20th November 2019

Things To Do In Cornwall This December

Dazzling light displays, fantastic theatre performances and yuletide festivals! December is all about getting cosy for Christmas in Cornwall. 

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1ST - 30TH DECEMBER: EDEN'S FESTIVAL OF CHRISTMAS, THE EDEN PROJECT, ST AUSTELL

Where: 35 minute drive from The Alverton

The Eden Project is getting into the Christmas spirit this December. A glittering chorus of Cornwall's top musicians will be performing festive sets in the Mediterranean biome. A wonderful brass band will be entertaining those who want to rock around the Christmas tree, and mulled wine will be served to keep everyone feeling merry. Don't forget to strap on your skates for a lap around the ice-rink, and get involved in the Christmas Jumper Swap Shop - a great, sustainable way to show off some new yuletide knitwear.

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1ST - 30TH DECEMBER: FESTIVE LUNCHES AND AFTERNOON TEA, THE ALVERTON, TRURO

Where: in our restaurant

For a festive afternoon treat, there's snow place like The Alverton to eat, drink and be merry. Let us welcome you for a festive set menu full of all your traditional favourites from just £18 per person. For that someone special, what better way to toast to Christmas than indulging in our afternoon tea with a yuletide twist? With three-tiers of festive fancies, homemade scones and jolly tasty sandwiches, served with a side of piping hot mulled wine, we are sure this would get Santa's seal of approval.  

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1ST - 24TH DECEMBER: CHOOSE YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS TREE, TREGOTHNAN ESTATE, TRESILLIAN

Where: 15 minute drive from The Alverton

You can't have Christmas without a tree! Head to Tregothnan Estate's Christmas cabin and choose the perfect one to decorate and bring some festive cheer to your home. Once you've made your selection, stop for a cup of Cornish Christmas tea, get the kids involved with craft workshops and keep them entertained searching for Santa's reindeer. 

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6TH - 14TH DECEMBER: CORNWALL HOSPICE CARE'S SANTA SERIES

Where: various locations throughout Cornwall

Santa Claus is coming to town! Don't be shocked if you witness a sea of sprinting Santas rushing through various towns in Cornwall this December. The famous Santa Fun Run is back and on a Christmas mission to raise money for Cornwall Hospice Care, a charity that supports terminally ill adults throughout the county. It is a wonderful way to do something great for charity whilst embracing the fun of Christmas. The Santa suits are provided for free, but the possibilities to decorate them are endless, so feel free to go crazy and deck your suit out with tinsel, lights, deely-boppers and more. 

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6TH - 8TH DECEMBER: THE LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN CHRISTMAS FAIR, ST AUSTELL

Where: 30 minute drive from The Alverton

Join over 100 artisan makers at The Lost Garden of Heligan's Christmas Fair. Search for the perfect Christmas gift, bop along to live music from In Tune Choir and shanty choir Stuns'ls, and tuck into a tasty churro or crepe.

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11TH - 19TH DECEMBER: THE WINTER GIFT FAYRE, LEMON QUAY, TRURO

Where: 15 minute walk from The Alverton

Truro's answer to Santa's grotto. The Winter Gift Fayre is an unmissable event if you're looking for more unique, handmade gifts and crafts for Christmas. From local delicacies, Cornish spirits and sweet treats to handcrafted jewellery, fragrant soaps and intricate festive decorations, this Christmas market has something for everyone.

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13TH DECEMBER - 5TH JANUARY: MIRACLE THEATRE PRESENT "TREASURE ISLAND", PRINCESS PAVILLION, FALMOUTH

Where: 25 minute drive from The Alverton

Yo ho ho and a barrel of fun! Freely adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, Cornish theatre group Miracle Theatre will be putting on this epic tale packed with nautical adventure and swashbuckling songs from sea shanty singers. Don't miss out this December - get your tickets and join in the Miracle madness and fun at the Princess Pavillion stage in Falmouth.

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14TH DECEMBER: TRURO CATHEDRAL CHOIR CHRISTMAS CONCERT, TRURO

Where: 15 minute walk from The Alverton

Jingle all the way to Truro Cathedral for a beautiful Christmas choir concert on the 14th December. Listen to the melodic tunes of the boys, girls and adult professionals as they sing harmonious renditions of carol classics such as 'O Holy Night', 'In The Bleak Mid Winter' and 'Jingle Bells'.

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14TH - 31ST DECEMBER: MOUSEHOLE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, MOUSEHOLE HARBOUR, PENZANCE

Where: 1 hour 10 minute drive from The Alverton

Mousehole Christmas lights illuminating the harbour are a truly magical sight to behold. One of the most popular light displays in Cornwall over the festive period, wander down to the fishing village near Penzance and be wowed by all things bright and beautiful.

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14TH - 15TH DECEMBER: FESTIVE WEEKEND AND SANTA'S GROTTO, NEWQUAY ZOO, NEWQUAY

Where: 35 minute drive from The Alverton

Taking the little ones to Newquay Zoo this December? Get them involved in the festive weekend happening on the 14th and 15th. Complete the naughty elf trail, watch as the animals enjoy festive treats and meet Santa in his grotto for a special gift. 

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16TH - 17TH DECEMBER: WREATH MAKING WORKSHOPS, THE GREENBANK HOTEL, FALMOUTH

Where: 30 minute drive from The Alverton

Deck the halls with boughs of holly and a homemade wreath this Christmas. Our sister hotel, The Greenbank, will be hosting two wreath-making workshops. Florist Lindsay will be sharing tips on how to dress your wreath with festive foliage and bright berries. Choose from an evening or morning session and enjoy a glass of prosecco on arrival - it is Christmas after all! Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

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19TH - 31ST DECEMBER: HELIGAN BY NIGHT - THE ART OF ILLUMINATION, THE LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN, ST AUSTELL

Where: 30 minute drive from The Alverton

Internationally renowned light artist Ulf Pedersen joins The Lost Gardens of Heligan once again to bring magic to the gardens. The hedges, walls and trees of Heligan will be brought to life in the dark with show-stopping features and thought-provoking projections. Wander through the grounds and soak up the enchanted atmosphere at one of Cornwall's most popular gardens.

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26TH DECEMBER: NEAR-TA THEATRE PRESENT "CHRISTMAS.TIME", THE ALVERTON, TRURO

Where: in our Great Hall

Join us on Boxing Day, when the fabulous Near-ta Theatre will be performing their festive comedy, 'Christmas.Time'. Setting up stage in our breath-taking Great Hall, grab some refreshments in the bar before taking your seat, and get ready for giggles galore at this hilarious yuletide show. We still have tickets available via our Eventbrite page

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31ST DECEMBER: NEW YEAR'S EVE PUB PARTY, THE WORKING BOAT, FALMOUTH

Where: 30 minute drive from The Alverton

Cheers to the new year in true Cornish style at The Working Boat in Falmouth. With a delicious five-course set menu featuring the harbourside pub's favourite dishes from the year, enjoy a glass of bubbles on arrival, tuck into tasty food and watch Falmouth's firework display light up the harbour. If you've already eaten and just fancy popping in for a tipple, the pub is free to attend as always. 

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DIVE INTO CORNWALL THIS DECEMBER

Have a Christmas to remember in the Cornish capital, and visit us during December for festive fun, cosy tipples and a relaxing retreat with our Winter Getaway. With rooms for two from £99 per night including breakfast, it's the perfect early present to treat your loved ones to this Christmas. 

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