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Visit Cornwall this Christmas

There is nothing like wrapping up warm in your favourite Christmas jumper, hat and scarf and heading out to a festive activity. Whether that be Christmas markets, seeing the twinkling lights or ice skating, we have put together the top five things to do this festive season, to help you get into the Christmas spirit!

1. Tunnel of Lights: This is Christmas!

Tunnel of Lights in Charlestown, Cornwall

Returning for the 5th year running, Shipwreck Treasure Museum in Charlestown are once again transforming its underground tunnels into a sparkling wonderland of glittering waterfalls, a giant snow globe, and frozen shipwrecks. This year the museum has promises to add some sparkle to winter nights with its dazzling displays, perfect for all ages. Santa will also be dropping in on selected dates for a visit before you venture into the lights. Tunnel of Lights: This is Christmas runs from 25th November to 31st December, and it gets booked up quickly! You can book tickets on the museum's website.

 2. Mousehole Christmas Lights

Christmas lights illuminating Mousehole harbour

The Mousehole Harbour Lights committee will once again be illuminating this lovely little village. The lights will be switched on between 5pm and 6pm on the 11th December. These lights attract people from across Cornwall, for their quirky designs such as the whale and star-gazey pie, and the fact some of them are in the sea. You don’t need to book so wrap up warm and make your way to Mousehole. To find out more about the fundraising efforts you can check it out here.

 3. Christmas at Eden

 Two people looking at Christmas lights at the Eden Project

Get ready to fill up on festive cheer at Eden’s Christmas experience. Get your skates on, as the ice rink is back for winter! Fun for all the family, you can find prices and book a 40-minute block on the Eden Project's website, you can also hire a penguin stability aid for younger kids. This December step into a brand new after-dark immersive music and light experience on selected dates. The Mediterranean Biome offers a twinkling Christmas spectacle with a 1920s jazz twist! There will be 9 incredible live musicians under the sparkle of a huge orb, a truly magical experience! Check out their website here for more details.

4. Fowey Christmas Market

two traders selling cider at Fowey Christmas market

Always a must for the Christmas season is a good festive market. Fowey Christmas market attracts thousands of visitors to the quaint harbour town every year which comes alive with almost 100 regional traders for Christmas shopping, music, seasonal food and drink and festive gifts. The market starts on Friday 8th December 5.30pm- 8.30pm and is on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th from 10am. This market is a great opportunity to support local businesses by buying handmade gifts and local produce you wouldn’t get from high street shops. There will be plenty of mulled wine to sip along the way. Details can be found on their website.

5. Heligan Night Garden- An Enchanting Lantern Experience

 Iconic Mud Maid at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Set amongst the atmospheric Lost Gardens of Heligan, the gardens will be once again beautifully lit by traditional paraffin lanterns, you can discover a breathtaking display of flora and fauna lanterns illuminated within Heligan’s iconic locations. The magical garden trail includes creatures such as owls, hares, butterflies and robins, and the cheeky Tamworth pigs. You can explore the trail every evening from 17th November – 2nd January. You’ll need to book your tickets here.

If you’re looking for a cosy cottage to celebrate a Christmas to remember this year, then check out our Christmas cottages in Cornwall.

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