1. Seize the day – Cornwall is stunning and unpredictable in winter, the air is crisp and rich with smell of drfifting wood smoke, the coastline is alive with the restless ocean waves and although it can be chilly, there is a real sense of warmth that radiates from the whole community. Every walk becomes an adventure and no two days are the same.

2. See Cornwall in a different light – For a very special peak into some more mysterious Cornish experiences, tiptoe around the Lost Gardens of Heligan by night, during The Art of Illumination – 14th to 30th December.

For a more traditional approach, the dazzling Mousehole light display is being ‘switched’ on Saturday 16th December at 7 pm.

Find out more about Heligan by Night here.

Read about the 54th Mousehole Christmas lights here.

Heligan By Night

3. Step inside stories of a magical world – Experience ‘Winter Wood’ by Rogue Theatre, follow magical paths into the woods whilst listening to enchanting tales told by the woodland spirits themselves. 

Explore Tehidy Woods, between the 9th and 30th December.

Find out more about Rogue Theatre here.

Rogue Theatre

4. Fill stockings with handmade, unique presents – There are so many Christmas markets and craft faires to discover throughout Cornwall; Our top picks are the Fowey Christmas Market Weekend 24th-26th November and Truro Christmas Street Market from Wednesday 29th November.

See the full list of festive markets here.

5. Meet Santa by Steam – Childrens favourite! Take them on the Bodmin steam railway and create dreamlike memories of riding the steam train and receiving presents from Santa himself.

Find out more here.

6. Get your skates on – The Eden project holds its own magic in wintertime as it plays stage to a wonderful ice ring.

Find out times and days here.

7. Stumble into a Sea Shanty … or twenty – Us love a good Shanty. St Ives will host more than 20 shanty groups spread over two days in November. They will be in support for The RNLI and Children Hospice South West – what could be better for the soul! From the 24th November.

Find out more about the Shanty Shout here.

Shanty Shout

8. Catch a case of Christmas spirit – Theatre is an understated element in Cornwall and this is the time for our theatre groups to go a little wild! Not to be missed, the Miracle Theatre – Bah Humbug.

A Christmas Carol at Princess Pavillions, Falmouth – 14th to 31st December.

Experience the magic, music and comedy of Sleeping Beauty at the Hall for Cornwall – 9th to 31st December.

9. Snuggle up in a pub and stay there – What can be better than this? Take a long walk along the coastal path from St Ives to Zennor and reach the very cosy Tinners Arms. Further on you’ll find The Gurnards Head, both pubs with log fires and dog friendly.

Cosy pub

10. Eat, drink and be merry! There’s a lot going on here at Una St Ives too. Party nights throughout December, Wreath making and Bauble painting workshops and New Years Eve Dinner & Dance to name a few of what we have in store this winter.