Winter is a truly wonderful time to come along and experience the beauty of Cornwall without the hustle and bustle of the summer crowds.
What could be more invigorating than a beach walk on a crisp morning to blow those cobwebs away? Why not treat yourself to an out of season break to recharge your batteries? Many of our properties have wood burners so you can curl up in front of the fire of an evening, relax and enjoy the comforting glow with a glass of something lovely after a day on the golf course.
If surfing is your thing, get out there and brave the Atlantic swell at one of our many, excellent surf beaches. Polzeath is a great place to start with conditions particularly renowned for beginners and improvers.
Tuition is available all year round should you need it.
There’s lots to see and do in the area to keep the whole family entertained in the run up to Christmas too. We’ve put together a festive itinerary to help you get into the Christmas spirit during your stay!
The Eden Project at Christmas
Eden is a magical experience for all the family, especially at Christmas time. From the 3rd to the 24th of December, visitors can book a slot to meet Santa and his festive Elves, glide around the glittering ice rink or lose yourself in the colourfully lit, enchanting rainforest biomes and marvel at the illuminated waterfall.
There are bags of festive cheer in the twinkling Mediterranean Biome with big band music being played throughout December. You’ll find Eden at Bodelva, just outside St. Austell.
Useful Info: The post code to follow for sat navs is PL24 2SG. Parking is currently free.
Website: Eden Project
Heligan Night Garden
The Lost Gardens of Heligan are once again hosting their enchanting lantern experience this Christmas from the 1st to the 23rd of December. Sturdy footwear and warm clothing is recommended. Experience the atmospherically lit flora and fauna of the lost gardens and breathtaking display of illuminated lanterns. Maybe book a Christmas Lunch in the beautiful Heligan Kitchen Conservatory and make a day of it?
Useful Info: Following your sat nav is not advisable in this case. Our Cornish lanes can be a little narrow even for the most experienced driver to navigate! Head to St. Austell then follow the brown Tourist signs in the general direction of Mevagissey.
Website: Lost Garden of Heligan
Mousehole Christmas Lights
A little further afield but one not to miss! Since 1963, the harbour, cottages and quayside of the historic fishing village of Mousehole have been adorned with a spectacular display of quirky Christmas Lights throughout December. There are even lights on the boats out in the sea!
Come and witness this amazing, illuminated Cornish spectacle for yourself! Maybe grab a slice of star-gazey pie?!
Website: Mousehole Lights
Bodmin & Wenford Railway – Santa Special
The Santa Special trains will once again be running this year on selected dates throughout December. Visitors to the station will be greeted by Santa’s Elves before boarding the steam train.
Whilst aboard, children will have the chance to write their letter to Santa Claus and enjoy a variety of Christmas themed activities before meeting the big man himself in his unique Victorian coach. Each child will receive an age-related gift and the opportunity to have a photograph with Santa. A truly magical experience. Pre-booking is essential.
Website: Bodmin and Wenford Railway
Wadebridge Enchanted Christmas Market
This fabulous annual event will be held at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge, 9th to the 12th of December and again on 16th to the 19th.
Fun and festive frolics for all the family! Meet Santa and his real live Reindeer! Held in an alpine themed marquee with music and performers, street food, bars, ice rink and over 100 trade stalls selling a magnificent array of locally produced crafts and goodies.
Pull on your best Christmas sweater and partake in a mini photo shoot with a choice of festive backgrounds! A great way to kick start your Christmas! Join the Facebook page for further information and booking.
Website: Enchanted Market
Charlestown Shipwreck Treasure Museum – Tunnel of Lights
From the 1st of December until the 9th of January these unique underground tunnels, steeped in Cornish history, will be transformed into a sparkling Arctic wonderland with giant icebergs, frozen shipwrecks and glittering waterfalls. Wrap up warm and enjoy an adventure with a difference! See the Museum’s website for details. Book early, this is a very popular event!
A few ideas to whet your appetite. Not forgetting our very own Christmas Carol Concert on the 17th of December at 7pm with the St Minver Silver Band. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served along with a generous dose of festive cheer! Christmas Jumpers and a sprig of mistletoe are optional!
Website: Charlestown Shipwreck Museum
Book your Break with Us
We have a selection of properties available over the 2021 Christmas and New Year period varying sizes and budgets. Search for your dream winter break in Cornwall below and make your Cornwall Christmas dream a reality and a holiday to remember with the whole family.