Christmas & Winter Events 2018

From Ice Skating at Eden to Fingerprint Bauble Painting, we’ve found out the best activities for under 5s in your area. We’ll keep updating the list as more activities and dates are published by organisers. And if you’re organising something you’d like on the list, just get in touch:

Christmas Activities

Activities with Jump with Jo at Wendron Plant Nursery:
Recycled Plastic Bottle Lantern Making, 1 & 5 December, 10am-12pm, 7 December, 12-4pm, then a lantern parade with hot chocolate and mince pies 4-5pm
Fingerprint Bauble Painting, 12, 14, 15 & 19 December,  10am-12pm
Christmas Parties, 21&22 December, 10am – 1pm

The Mousehole Cat, Solomon Browne Hall, Mousehole, December 15 – 31
A magical puppet and live action production of Antonia Barber’s classic children’s story.
Plus, make your own Mowzer puppet workshops: Sun 16 Dec at 4.45pm, Sat 22 Dec at 1.45pm & 4.45pm, Sat 29 Dec at 4.45pm, Sun 30 Dec at 4.45pm

Eden project, Ice skating until 24th February – get in quickly as spaces are limited. Sessions are 40 minutes long and you should leave roughly 30 minutes to get from your car to the ice rink. There are also family friendly sessions and you can book penguins for little ones too small to skate (height restriction of under 120cm)
(Eden also run parent & toddler, and grandparent & toddler activities!)

Maestro Tots Concert for Little Ones, Truro Methodist Church, 10 Dec 11am

Storytime Christmas Activities, Truro Library, Mondays 26 Nov – 17 Dec, 2pm & Wednesdays 28 Nov – 19 Dec, 10am

Real Reindeer Parade, starts in Victoria Square, Truro: 28 Nov 6pm

Sleeping Beauty, Lane Theatre, Newquay: 13th Dec 2018 to 14th Dec 2018

Christmas Lunches at Heligan all through December

The Little Match Girl, The Burrell Theatre, Truro: Friday 21 December 4.30pm

Live Nativity, Falmouth, 9 December

Montol Festival, Penzance,

Santa Trains, Lappa Valley Railway

Santa Specials, Helston Railway


Meet Father Christmas
Make the magic come alive for your little ones this year with a trip to meet Father Christmas.

Santa’s Grotto, Trevena Cross, 1&2, 8&9, 15&16 December, 10am-4pm, late opening Thursdays 6, 13, 20 December 3pm-8pm, £6 – raised for charity

Shelley Tasker Photography, Meet the Real Santa Claus photo shoot, 9 December, Camborne (see ad for details)

Bedruthan Sugar & Spice Grotto, Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, 1 – 23 December, £15 adult + child

Trebah Santa Days, 16 & 17 December, £5 adult, £7.50 child

Father Christmas visits the Lost Gardens of Heligan, 15-24 December, £7 child, £2 adult + ticket

An audience with Father Christmas at Trelissick, 1&2, 8&9 + 14-24 December, £5 child 11am-6pm. Also meet the reindeer Sats in Dec 11.30-2.30. Wooden reindeer making Sun 2 & 9 Dec 11am – 3pm £5 per reindeer.

Newquay Zoo – 15th & 16th December: meet Santa £7.50 (time slots available between 10am and 3.30pm), silent disco £3, and other festive activities

Meet Father Christmas at the Eden Project, dates between 24 Nov – 24 Dec, £10 + ticket adult & child

Tudor Father Christmas Trerice, Saturdays & Sundays in Dec before Christmas


Christmas Markets
Get into the festive spirit, have a brilliant day out, and pick up some wonderful gifts at your local Christmas Market.

Christmas Extravaganza, Trevena Cross, weekends & late night Thursdays, December (Dates as above)

Cornwall’s Mother, Baby & Child Christmas Fair, Heartlands, Sunday 18 November, 10am-3pm

Trelissick Christmas Craft Fair, 25 Nov 10.30am-4.30pm

Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair, Truro, Wednesday 28 November – Sunday 2 December

Boscowen St. Markets, Truro: Wednesdays & Saturdays 1 – 22 December

Craft Fayre at RCM, Truro: Sunday 9 December 9am-5pm

Fowey Christmas Market, 30 November – 2 December

Padstow Christmas Festival, 6-9 December

Helston Christmas Farmers Market, The Old Cattle Market, Saturday 22 December

Christmas Fayre (plus meet Santa & his reindeer), Base Camp, Gwel an Mor, 24&25 November

Porthleven Christmas Market, 17&18 November 10am-4.30pm

Heligan Christmas Fair, 8 & 9 Dec 10am – 4pm

Christmas Fair at Bedruthan, 24 & 25 November 10am-4pm


Christmas Lights Switch On
Every village in Cornwall has their own event, but the lights switch on in some of our bigger towns can be well worth a visit.

Falmouth Lights & Parade, 29 November 5.30pm

Truro, City of Lights & Christmas Lights Switch On, 21 November 6pm

Helston, 30th November 5pm

Mousehole Lights, 15 December 6.30pm.

Redruth Christmas Procession & Lights Switch On, 24 November, 5pm

Newquay Lantern Parade and Lights Switch On,, 30 November 6.30pm

St Austell, 27 November, 4-8pm

Penzance tbc


Santa Fun Runs
The Santa Fun Runs raise money for Cornwall Hospice Care & Children’s Hospice South West, plus they’re a great chance to get out as a family. They’re all fairly short distances and even suitable for buggies. 

Truro: 9 December 2pm & 4pm (3km)

Falmouth: 15 December 1pm & 3pm (1.5km & 5km)

Helston: 16 December 1pm & 3pm (1.5km & 5km)

Eden Project (CHSW): 9 December 11am & 2pm (2km)

Cornwall Hospice Care Santa Fun Run prices:
Adults £13.50
Children aged 3-15 £7.50
Under 3 FREE
Family ticket: £37.50 (2 adults 2 children)


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