What’s on in December: Cornwall’s diary
Christmas is creeping up on us and this month is abuzz with merriment. Immerse yourself in the flavours, sights and scents of the festive season at one of our top ten to-do events – from theatre and fairs, to carols, cakes and Christmas lights…
THROUGHOUT DECEMBER: winter festival, EDEN PROJECT, st austell
Where: 50 minute drive from the hotel
Christmas is a magical time to visit the Eden Project. From twilight the site is beautifully lit, the glistening ice rink is open, Father Christmas will be popping in, and their Festival of Light and Sound will be a sight to behold. In the Mediterranean biome you’ll be able to listen to carols and wonderful winter tales told by Eden’s storytellers.
3rd – 4th December: Flambards Christmas Fayre, helston
Where: 25 minute drive from The Greenbank
Brimming with local gifts and goodies, Flambards once again hosts its wonderful Christmas Fayre, combining the magic of Christmas with the perfect opportunity to choose some great gifts and treats. Stalls can be found in various venues within the park and with live music from Helston Town Band, this is a festive event you surely do not want to miss.
5TH – 31ST DECEMBER: Sleeping beauty, HALL FOR CORNWALL, TRURO
Where: 25 minute drive from The Greenbank
Hall for Cornwall are proud to present its own home grown production to enchant and entertain adults and children alike. With magic, music, comedy and some sparkling surprises, this Christmas adventure is perfect for the whole family.
7th – 10TH DECEMBER: PADSTOW CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Where: one hour drive from us
Get the festive spirit flowing at Padstow Christmas Festival. This celebration combines celebrity chefs, local food producers and talented crafts-folk in a captivating waterside setting. Get amongst their Santa fun run, admire the fireworks, or pull up a pew and watch live music in the bandstand.
9th – 24th December: Santa trains, Lappa Valley Steam Railway
Where: 40 minutes from The Greenbank
Lappa Valley is offering a unique and magical Christmas experience for the whole family this year, in which children will meet and receive a specially selected gift from Santa himself. All visitors can enjoy a magical festive steam train ride driven by Rudolph, ending at Santa’s grotto for the children as the adults enjoy a complimentary mince pie and mulled wine.
9TH – 30TH DECEMBER: ROGUE THEATRE’S WINTER WOOD, TEHIDY WOODS
Where: 35 minute drive from us
Don’t miss this theatrical festive adventure through the beautiful trees of Tehidy Woods. Created by Cornwall’s award-winning Rogue Theatre, Winter Wood is an adventure for families and those who still believe in magic. The show will include live music, enchanting stories, winter wonders, hot chocolate, sparkly face painting and the chance to make your own traditional winter decoration to take home.
14TH – 30TH DECEMBER: HELIGAN BY NIGHT, THE LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN, ST AUSTELL
Where: 45 minute drive from the hotel
Experience the art of illumination as internationally renowned light artist Ulf Pedersen celebrates the magic of Heligan. Explore the historic after dark and revel in the incredible textures, colours and atmosphere created by the illuminations, which bring light to the landscape. Booking is essential due to popularity (selected dates from 14th – 30th December.)
16th – 17th DECEMBER: NADELIK – A CORNISH CHRISTMAS, PENDENNIS CASTLE, FALMOUTH
Where: 10 minute drive from us
Celebrate Christmas the Cornish way – with fireside tales, folklore, carols, dancing and festive stalls thrown in for good measure. Santa will be taking up residence in the Castle’s Keep (so make sure you’ve got your Christmas list at the ready) and there will be oodles of traditional Cornish activities to get involved in. And did we mention the mince pies?
16TH – 30TH DECEMBER: Bah Humbug! A Christmas Carol, PRINCESS PAVILION, FALMOUTH
Where: 25 minute walk from The Greenbank
Miracle Theatre breathe a new life into a favourite Christmas story this year – Charles Dickens’ heart warming masterpiece A Christmas Carol. This famous tale continues to delight all ages and rekindle feelings of charity and goodwill. Miracle will thrust you on a spellbinding journey through the events of Scrooge’s life as he is forced to confront his past, present and future.
16TH DECEMBER – 6TH JANUARY: MOUSEHOLE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
Where: One hour drive from the hotel
This is a best-loved tradition amongst The Greenbank team. Mousehole’s famous habour lights have been running since 1963 and have since grown to a huge spectacle. Marvel at the floating displays in the harbour and follow the winding strings of lanterns through the cobbled streets. Enjoy a carol service from the Mousehole Male Voice Choir on the 16th December for the switch on. The lights will then be on each evening from 5pm until 11pm, giving plenty of opportunities to head on over.
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