Santa comes to Cornwall 2019
Meet the man in red himself as he appears across Cornwall - sometimes by sleigh, but even by steam!
Santa baby… the hottest tickets in town sell out as soon as bookings open. If you haven’t already sorted out yours, what are you waiting for?
Father Christmas at Eden, The Eden Project, St Austell (end Nov-24 Dec)
Famed for its biomes and awesome gardens, every year Father Christmas and his elves set up camp at the Eden Project. Inside the cosy tent you’ll get to see ‘behind the scenes’, including the elves’ bunkbeds, the pigeonholes full of children’s letters, and all the stockings laid out ready for the big day. After settling down for a story beside an open fire, each child can enjoy a special moment with the man in red. If you feel like making a proper day of it, team it with some ice-skating on the extremely Christmassy ice-rink. Get your skates on, tickets always book fast.
(Remember FC is inside the grounds, so you’ll need to budget for Eden Project admission tickets too, or have an Eden Project Membership, Annual Pass or Locals’ Pass)
Santa by Steam, Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Bodmin (30 Nov, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23 and 24 Dec)
When he’s not driving the sleigh with Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer, Father Christmas travels by steam train – in fact, he takes over the guard’s carriage.
Arrive at Bodmin General Station for mince pies, seasonal drinks and carols on the platform, before climbing aboard for an hour-long return journey on a beautiful steam hauled train. During the trip each party will be taken to meet Santa, with plenty of time for a photo, with gifts for each child.
Father Christmas at Lanhydrock, Bodmin (7-8 Dec, 14-15 Dec, 21-24 Dec)
Father Christmas will be visiting Lanhydrock House this year in the warm and cosy Dining Room. Lanhydrock (a Cornish Downton Abbey?) is as usual set up as a Victorian Christmas (FC is in authentic green robes, not red). This year the decorative theme is Masked Ball, think plenty of dressing up and fun facts as you travel around the rooms of the house.
£6 per child, each slot is for a max of 2 children, book 2 slots if you have 3 children.
(Don’t forget you need to get into the house first, which means buying a ticket or National Trust membership)
Santa Claus is coming to (Charles)town, Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Charlestown (7-8 Dec, 14-23 Dec)
Charlestown is an 18th Century Georgian harbour (you’ll recognise it from Poldark when Verity Poldark and Captain Andrew Blamey eloped in series 1). This year in proper Cornish style Santa will be at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum. Travel through the UK’s longest festive tunnel of lights beneath the museum, have an encounter with Alabaster Snowball the elf and discover Santa Claus in his underground grotto.
Early bird price of £6 per child ends 17 Nov, £8 thereafter while tickets last. First adult free, then £1.50 per adult.
Trebah Santa Days, Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith (Sat 14 & Sun 15 Dec)
This Christmas the elves return to Trebah, a sub-tropical garden on the banks of the River Helford (think Daphne Du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek). For one weekend only, guests will be invited inside the magical factory to watch the elves handcraft fantastical toys, play instruments and generally elf about. Santa will also be visiting on these days, taking up residence in the factory’s head office to perform quality checks on all items and meet with children to double-check that he has everything and everybody on his special list.
Adult members are free, non-member adults are £5 and all children to see Santa are £9, including a handmade gift.
Father Christmas at Heligan, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Near St Austell (14-24 Dec)
Once lost to the brambles of time since the outbreak of WW1, the gardens at Heligan are magical at Christmas. Cosy fires inside, twinkly lights outside – meet Father Christmas and his elves in the cosy setting of Head Gardeners Office which is nestled in the garden. Each child will receive a small traditional gift. Visit on 19 Dec onwards and you can also book for Heligan by Night – The Art of Illumination where the gardens are spectacularly lit up by neon lights.
£7 per child £2 per adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Due to the unique cosy setting max 6 people per booking.
(Don’t forget you need a ticket, or hold a Heligan Membership, or Locals’ Pass)
If you don’t fancy booking ahead, Santa will also be appearing at various grottos around the County:
Santa’s Grotto at Paradise Park, Hayle (30 Nov – 1 Dec, 7-8 Dec, 14-15 Dec, 18-24 Dec)
Santa’s Grotto at Padstow Christmas Festival, Padstow (Thurs 5 – Sun 8 Dec)
Santa’s Grotto at Lostwithiel Dickinson Evening (Thurs 12 Dec)
And of course, he’ll be at village halls, garden centres and many more throughout December but I’ll be here til January listing all those out, so best to check Facebook.