Father Christmas will be making special appearances in various winter wonderlands throughout Cornwall during December. Meet Santa and his elves, embark on festive train rides, treasure hunts and adventures through snowy forests! Experience the magic of Christmas at one of Cornwall’s festive grottos.
Father Christmas & his elves at the Eden Project – 30 Nov – 24 Dec
Step inside a cosy tent to see behind the scenes of Christmas. Meet Father Christmas and his elves, discover pigeonholes full of children’s letters and stockings laid out, ready to be filled with gifts. Children can sit down by the fire and listen to a magical story, before meeting Father Christmas himself. Booking in advance is strongly advised.
Flambards Christmas Craft Fayre, Helston – 30 Nov - 1 Dec
Set in the cobbled streets of an old Victorian village, the Flambards Christmas Fayre will showcase 80 local crafters and businesses, plus Santa and his elves will be there all weekend. Santa will be doing meet and greets at various times during the weekend and the rest of the time he can be found wandering through the park and posing for photos with children. There will also be live festive music from Helston Town Band.
Christmas Grotto at Bedruthan, Mawgan Porth - 30 Nov - 23 Dec
Visit the enchanting Sugar and Spice Grotto at Bedruthan, where Father Christmas must make an emergency landing! Pieces of his magical sleigh will be scattered all around and visitors must help him find them all so he can fix his sleigh. This wonderful festive adventure starts when you enter Festlig Wood where children can meet the elves and decorate their own wooden Christmas tree decorations. Visit the Ice Queen in her snow cavern and navigate your way through the frozen forest in search of Santa's Grotto. Complete your visit with a trip to the Supper Kabin for some festive refreshments.
Santa by Steam at Bodmin & Wenford Railway – 30 Nov - 24 Dec
Embark on a rail journey with a difference at Bodmin & Wenford railway’s Santa by Steam events throughout December. Arrive early at Bodmin General Station to enjoy mince pies, drinks and Christmas carols on the platform before an hour long steam train expedition with a special guest on board. Father Christmas will be wandering through the carriages with presents as well as posing for photographs with children.
Santa arrives by lifeboat in St Ives – 29 Nov
Festive celebrations in St Ives begin at 6pm with a dazzling lantern parade. Instead of arriving on his sleigh, Santa will arrive by lifeboat with the RNLI. After waving to the crowds of children and families gathered around the harbour, Santa will be greeted by the Mayor and a choir will sing Christmas carols. The Christmas lights will be switched on in Royal Square from 7pm.
Santa’s arrival in Looe – 7 Dec
The festive celebrations in Looe will be taking place at Buller Quay car park in East Looe where Santa will travel by boat towards the memorial steps. A festive procession will then be led by Santa towards his grotto where there will be a whole host of entertainment including a bouncy castle, face painting, animals, food stalls and a bar.
Santa’s Grotto & Elf Emporium near Bude - 7 - 23 Dec
Enjoy a fun-filled festive day at Milky Way Adventure Park near Bude during selected dates in December. Children can meet Santa and his elves in the magical grotto and have a festive adventure in the Elf Emporium. At the Elf Emporium, Buzzlewick the elf and his friends will be helping Santa sort out the letters to be sent to the North Pole. Children can also help the elves decorate delicious gingerbread and make reindeer food in preparation for Christmas Eve.
Santa Specials at Lappa Valley, near Newquay – 14 & 15 and 20 - 24 Dec
On selected dates in December, families can board a special train bound for Santa’s magical grotto, where children will receive an early Christmas present from the man in red. During the train journey, there will be tasty mince pies (plus gluten free alternatives), mulled wine and other hot drinks available.
Santa’s Grotto at Paradise Park, Hayle - Weekends 30 Nov and 1 Dec, 7 & 8, 14 &15 then from the 18 right through to the 24 December!
Father Christmas can be found at Paradise Park in Hayle from the 15th, right up until Christmas Eve. Santa and his elves will spend several minutes with each family and there’s a gift shop to look in whilst you’re waiting, plus the Park & JungleBarn to explore and play in. Why not combine your visit with a festive lunch at the Otter Pool Café where you can enjoy hot Panini rolls with turkey and cranberry sauce and other delicious snacks.
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