Christmas breaks in Cornwall

Add some magic with our coastal Cornish Christmas…

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Your Cornish Christmas break begins! Whether you join us for the festivities on the 22nd or the 23rd December, we’ll have the mulled wine and mince pies on standby eagerly awaiting your arrival in the Water’s Edge bar.

Dinner will be served each night in our award-winning Water’s Edge restaurant courtesy of our Executive Chef Nick Hodges, Head Chef Bobby Southworth and the rest of the talented Greenbank kitchen team. Our traditional dishes with imaginative twists will have you wishing it could be Christmas every day!

Sample a slice of Cornwall with every mouthful, as we use seasonal ingredients that are locally sourced to create an unforgettable culinary experience. Think hearty winter warmers and showstopping numbers that pack a punch of flavour and creative flair, cooked to perfection and presented to impress.

On the evening of 23rd December, we’ll be tapping our toes and singing along to all our favourite carols in the Water’s Edge bar with a live performance from our traditional brass band. Pop down for complimentary canapés and let the revelries commence. For those who want to sing-along, we’ll be providing song sheets at the bar.


Choir singers, Cornish pasties and seasonal cheer all round. If you haven’t experienced Christmas Eve in Falmouth before, you are in for a total treat. Rise and shine with a hearty breakfast by the shimmering riverside, as you fuel up for an exciting day ahead.

Take the short stroll into the charming cobbled high street for some last minute shopping, warming hot chocolates or something a little stronger. The Cornish Christmas Harmony Choir’s annual performance is not one to miss and starts from 10:30am, when the town echoes the sweet sounds of gorgeous carol singing, laughter and anticipation as the festivities unfold.

At 3pm, head back to The Working Boat for a jolly afternoon of sing-songs with local choir group The Angels over a few toasty tipples, mince pies and piping hot pasties.

And there’s plenty more going on upstairs in the Water’s Edge. Why not indulge in our festive afternoon tea complete with delightful miniature sweet treats and elegant finger sandwiches? The bar team will also be shaking up some special Christmas cocktails before dinner is served in the restaurant.


Recreate the nostalgia of opening your eyes on Christmas morning to the feeling of glee and magic. Discover a stocking full of surprises hung from your bedroom door! Whether you’re up with the larks to see if Santa has visited, or making the most of the holiday season with a mellow morning lie-in, start the day at the Water’s Edge for breakfast paired with buck’s fizz.

For the full coastal experience, brace the crisp morning with the yearly Christmas Day swim at Gyllyngvase Beach from 10am. Locals and visitors alike dash into the lapping waves in all their festive hats, scarves and swimwear. A rather brisk way to start the day!

This Christmas you can leave the cooking to us, as our team of chefs will be merrily roasting the turkey, peeling the potatoes and baking the mince pies, so all you need to worry about is who you’ll pull your Christmas cracker with – we’ll even do the dishes.

As the evening draws near, cosy up in the bar with a Christmas tipple or two and get engrossed with a yuletide puzzle, before grazing on a truly Cornish buffet with all the trimmings. After all the excitement of the day, rest your weary head and reflect on the magical memories made as you sink into a peaceful slumber.


Boxing Day is a day of leisure. Wake late, take your time at breakfast, then spend the day as you please. We’d thoroughly recommend a relaxed stroll into town and around the docks towards Pendennis Castle.

Back at The Greenbank in the evening, kick back at dinner and find a selection of games in our bar. Let’s get cosy and competitive.


How do you like your eggs in the morning? After diving into breakfast one last time, it’s time to check out and head home, with our warmest wishes for 2021.

Or if you fancy extending the festivities, our sister hotel in Truro – The Alverton – will be showing Near-ta Theatre’s cult comedy. “Christmas. Time.” will be performed in the stunning Great Hall, where prison inmates Charlie and Toby go on a fantastical festive adventure. Expect songs, snowmen and plenty of belly laughs!

  • 4 nights from £629 per person: arrive on 23rd December
  • 5 nights from £699 per person: arrive on 23rd December
  • 6 nights from £759 per person: arrive on 23rd December

These rates are based on a classic inland room. A non-refundable deposit of £100 per person is required to confirm your booking. Balance due by 31st October 2020.

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“The constantly changing view of sea, boats, seagulls, ferries to St Mawes, clouds, rain, sunshine and finally sunset made our stay sublime. We would thoroughly recommend this as an antidote to the stress of Christmas.”

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"Our Christmas stay was simply magical. We loved every minute of it and felt very spoilt."

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"Food was excellent, staff brilliant and probably one of the best Christmases we've had."

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