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Alternative Christmas-themed Events

Dare I say, forget Santa for a brief moment? Because yuletide gives the opportunity for fun-filled shenanigans beyond the big man’s grotto and standard carol singing sessions, with a wonderland of alternative things to see and do awaiting the visitor to Cornwall this December.

From entertainment for all members of the family to hands-on activities and retail therapy all with a distinctly different festive spirit, these events should provide an unforgettable preamble to Christmas Day.

For entertainment…

Wheal Martyn Celebration of Light and Clay - 5th, 6th & 7th December 

Cornwall’s fantastic former clay works make a brilliant year-round attraction for all types of visitor, while their events schedule presents an exciting mix of entertainment to match. Using the latest LED technology to light up the site, follow a light trail toward the immersive Woodland Wonderland UV Experience and admire patterned displays before being wowed by the laser light performance during this not-to-be-missed show. 


Near-ta Theatre’s festive comedy, Christmas.Time! celebrates a decade of touring while enticing audiences into the festive spirit with energised aplomb.

Written and performed by Daniel Richards and Ciaran Clarke, and directed by Simon Harvey (o-region, Kneehigh) Christmas.Time! combines music and comedy to crowd-pleasing effect for a fantastically fun and festive adventure through Dickens, pantomime, musical, Christmas dinner and Christmas films for the ultimate in Christmas cheer!

Various dates and venues including Fowey Town Hall, Old Bakery Studios in Truro, St. Just Old Town Hall, Wadebridge Town Hall, The Poly in Falmouth, and The Alverton in Truro.

For interactive and top-tasting fun…

Christmas Origami Workshop – 4th December at Truro School

Discover the art of origami as you handcraft your own Christmas decorations to gift or adorn your home/holiday home as you please. 

Polgoon Autumn/Winter Vineyard Tours 

Head to Penzance’s stunning vineyard to sample their award-winning tipples and discover more about the wine making process as you roam the grounds and quaff no less than five different lip-smacking varieties. While there, head to the shop to stock up on everything from their award-winning wines to ciders, spirits, juices and various scrumptious edibles such as jams, chutneys and honey all produced in and around the area – or even adopt an apple tree or vine for an eco-friendly Christmas gift.

For shopping…

Alternative Christmas Present Show at Carnglaze Caverns - 7th & 8th December

Head to Cornwall’s unique underground venue for crystals and crafts in a spellbinding cavern setting as you explore the majestic surrounds and shop for presents during their wonderfully different annual event. From minerals and fossils to local crafts from across the region, peruse an assortment including sculptures, jewellery, toys, clothing, artwork, plants, books, shoes and more while tucking into hot food and drink.


If you fancy visiting Cornwall and some of these alternative Christmas events this year, then take a look at all our properties here>