Get into the festive spirit and tick off your shopping list in atmospheric style by visiting any of the plethora of Christmas markets across Cornwall, where a world of yuletide splendour awaits.
Throw in a sighting of Santa, Christmas carols, and belly-fill of mulled wine and mince pies for a merry seasonal outing as entertaining as it is stocking filling.
Here’s some of what’s on offer…
Fowey Christmas Market: 24th-26th November
(Fri 5-8.30pm, Sat 10-5.30pm, Sun 10-4pm)
Packed with local traders presenting an eclectic mix of gifts along with some seriously tasty food and drink, Fowey provides a beautifully ambient locale in which to shop and sample everything from chilli mash, cheese, fudge and cider to artworks, jewellery, pottery and home wares.
The Christmas Maker’s Market: 25th November
The Exchange, Penzance, 10am-5pm
Taking place on the same day as the Christmas lights switch-on, this market is a wonderfully artsy affair replete with original works for sale by local and regional makers of textiles, ceramics, prints and more.
Bedruthan Steps Christmas Craft Fair: 25th-26th November
Feast your eyes on an assortment of gifts such as textiles, clothing, art, ceramics and crafts as you encounter a host of creative makers, indulge in a workshop, and take in those sublime views with refreshments at the hotel’s sea-gazing café.
Gwel an Mor Christmas Fair: 25th & 26th November
With festive entertainment and reindeer, this is the perfect fair to get you feeling festive. You're sure to find a selection of special gifts from local suppliers.
The event is free to attend.
Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair: 29th November-3rd December
Lemon Quay, Truro (10am-5pm)
Locally made are the buzzwords here, with everything from arts, crafts, clothing and jewellery to artisan food and drinks available to try and buy – with over 100 Cornish companies showcasing their top quality products.
Etsy Made Local Christmas Fair: 1st-3rd December
St Ives Guildhall, Fri 6-9pm, Sat & Sun 10-5pm
Following the success of last year’s debut event, the Etsy fair returns to deliver a beautiful bevy of gifts from local designer-makers, including home wares, ceramics, paintings, hand printed textiles, jewellery, prints and illustrations – with a series of Make Your Own Workshops running throughout for visitors to craft their own creations.
Krowji Christmas Open Studios: 1st-3rd December
The creative consortium opens its doors to visitors for an inspiring prelude of over 50 artists as they showcase a stunning collection of their works for sale.
Padstow Christmas Festival: 7th-10th December
Along with Santa’s grotto, fireworks, live music and carol singing, the market provides the perfect place to find something special to gift to loved ones.
The Castle Christmas Fair: 10th December
There may be nothing grander than shopping in a bone fide castle, and Bude’s architectural gem is no exception, where various stalls will be spilling from rooms inside, along with a huge marquee outside. Devour pop-up delights of mulled wine, mince pies and hot chocolate, along with live musical performances to get you in the seasonally jolly mood.
Helston Farmers Market Christmas Market: 16th December
The Old Cattle Market, 9.30-1.00pm
Stock up on essentials for the big day itself such as vegetables and chutneys, peruse the range of Christmas items available, and enjoy a spot of live music - while the kids can scurry off to the play area or skate park.
Nadelik Lowen at Pendennis Castle: 16th-17th December
Carol singing, dancing, storytelling, mince pies and mulled wine, and crafts aplenty are all to be found at this stunning venue.
Heartlands Community Christmas Market: 16th & 17th December
Tuck into something tasty and fill your boots (or bags) with local gifts and crafts at the Cornish attraction’s seasonal spectacular.
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