Discover enchanting and magical fun this winter as visitor attractions across the county reveal the activities they’ve lined up for Christmas 2023!
Here’s some of the best festive family days out in Cornwall, from winter illuminations at The Lost Gardens of Heligan to meeting Santa at Newquay Zoo, from wreath-making at Wheal Martyn to storytime at Bodmin and Wenford Railway. Dates and opening times may vary so visitors are advised to check attraction websites before visiting.
We will continue to update this page as we discover new events, so please do keep checking back for new information.
Walk from Cotehele Quay to Cotehele Mill and enjoy a twinkling display of festoon lighting between the trees this winter.
Experience a family Christmas at Cotehele Mill
Make your child’s Christmas extra special with a visit to see Santa in his magical grotto at Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary!
Discover the magic of Christmas this year at the Eden Project. Celebrate with us this season by stepping into an all-new after-dark immersive music and light experience on selected dates from 1-30 December 2023.
Come and meet Father Christmas and his elves at the Eden Project. Enjoy storytelling and a gift for every child!
A family trail at Cotehele
Make your child’s Christmas extra special with a visit to see Santa in his magical grotto at Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary.
Back by popular demand, Breakfast with Santa! Plus NEW for this year, Tea with Santa!
Dress up in your festive finery for a fun filled day full of Christmas activities, meet Father Christmas, wreath-making, clay decorations and more!
Make a Cornish Christmas wreath at Bodmin Railway!
Attend this special festive themed workshop with the Bull Pen Gallery and artist Penny Maddever, to create a wool portrait of a Robin that could be turned into a festive present or decoration.
Celebrate the festive season with a trip to Cotehele to see the annual Christmas Garland within the Great Hall
Soaring through the darkness, embracing the thrill, and surrendering to the enchanting realm of the night at the Eden Project🌙✨
Take a look behind the scenes as our team of gardeners create this year’s garland.
Discover new skills in layering colours including gold ink, to produce unique and beautiful prints. You will have the opportunity to design and create around 10 cards of your own to take home.
“It’s Christmas Eve and Cornwall is blanketed by heavy snow. Two little girls are eagerly awaiting Christmas while out to sea their fisherman father needs some very special extra help.” Join local author Craig Green […]
Fancy creating your own Christmas wreath this year? Then this is the workshop for you!
Pick up that perfect Christmas gift from the Trelissick craft fair, with a variety of gifts handmade by National Trust staff and volunteers running from 2 – 5 December, 10am-4pm Please bring cash as access […]
Father Christmas will visit the stable yard this December with a special story of a Cornish Christmas at Trelissick. Once the storytelling is complete he’ll hand out a small gift at the end to each […]
Discover a wide range of special handmade individual gift ideas at this annual craft fair.
Make your own beautiful ceramic Christmas decorations – great to decorate your home or to give as gifts.
Explore Wheal Martyn’s historic grounds and woodland trails to discover the sensory Reindeer Trail
Design your own hand-made willow wreath for Christmas, decorated with foliage from the historic museum grounds.
Enjoy an atmospheric lantern trail at Wheal Martyn. Includes lantern making, campfire, lantern lit walk and more!
Have a Nadelik Lowen at Trelissick this December with Father Christmas, local choirs and decorations inspired by a Cornish Christmas. Trelissick will be open daily during December* with the house decorated beautifully and inspired by […]
Ride the train with Santa and his elves!
Our Christmas Murder Mystery Storyline – 1950s The Train to Nowhere
Hop on board the train this Christmas for a cosy evening, in our steam heated coach, as Santa reads a Christmas novel.
Spoil yourself with a private Santa Experience.
Step into a magical winter wonderland this Christmas as the dazzling Tunnel of Lights returns to Charlestown at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum. Book tickets online now.
Meet Santa in his enchanting grotto at Charlestown at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum this Christmas.
Lace up your skates! Eden’s glittering ice rink will open on 14 October 2023 until February 2024, with sessions to suit all ages and abilities.
Join us this winter at the Heligan Night Garden and become immersed in an enchanting lantern experience, set amidst the atmospheric Lost Gardens.
Book your tickets early to see the walled garden and orchard lit with fairy lights and lanterns. Please note: assistance dogs only at this event due to the combination of dim lighting and narrow paths.