Our Favourite things to do at Christmas in Cornwall

October 24, 2013 by becca.lazar No Comments

Here at Cornish Holiday Cottages we’ve been talking about what our favourite things to do in Cornwall at Christmas are! It may seem a bit early but with all the shops already geared up for Christmas and mince pies already being eaten, Christmas is sooner than you may think…

So here’s a little snippet of what we love about Christmas in Cornwall.


  • Nearly all of my Christmas’ have been in Cornwall and whilst I am lucky to be able to walk my dogs on one or other beach, everyday of the year,  the post Christmas dinner walk is a special one. The atmosphere is that bit more special and I am surrounded by my nearest and dearest in a place that I adore.
  • My children are young, (5 and 3), so Christmas is hugely exciting for them of course and it is impossible not to get caught up in this frenzy. Last year we saw Father Christmas row ashore onto Durgan beach on the Helford River – pure magic.
  • Lots of my friends left Cornwall for pastures new in their late teens, but at Christmas most return, so I love this time of year for catching up. You know what they say about old friends….



  • Last year we went for a walk around the coast to the beach at Prussia Cove on Christmas day, it was really beautiful and surprisingly busy!
  • Going to a midnight service at my local church, it’s lovely to see all the children getting excited about staying up late.
  • Playing a variety of card games around the table with all the family, my favourite thing about Christmas.



  • Christmas starts for me in Mylor my village, with the switching on, of the Christmas lights.  The village turn out in force to await Santa’s arrival then residents gather around the Christmas tree to join in singing some carols, for me this marks the start of the festivities.
  • A trip to Truro to visit their amazing “Christmas Victorian Market” held on Lemon Quay is a must, I can always find something a little different for gifts.  Usually produced or crafted locally.
  • Weather permitting Boxing Day is usually the day to get out and walk off some the of extra calorie intake.  A favourite of ours is to travel over to the North Coast, usually Gwithian and walk along the long sandy beach or on the cliff top.  At this time of year you can look down on a sheltered cove at Godrevy and if you are lucky spot the baby seal cubs venturing out with their mothers.  Hot chocolate and marshmallows is a must if the cafe is open.



  • Going to Rogue Theatre’s ‘Winter Wood’ at Tehidy, perfect for getting excited in the run up for Christmas.
  • Doing all my Christmas shopping at the markets, Truro Christmas market is a good one or Trebah Gardens.
  • Christmas baking! I don’t like mince pies so make jam tarts instead! And of course stained glass window biscuits to hang on the tree. I don’t do any of the cooking on Christmas day as my dad monopolises the kitchen so it’s good to do some before/after.

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