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Where to see Santa in Cornwall 2020

Meet the man in red himself as he appears across Cornwall - sometimes by sleigh, but even by steam!

Santa baby… in usual years the hottest tickets in town sell out as soon as bookings open – and in our new Covid times, with additional restrictions in place, the places where you can see Santa in Cornwall are fewer and further between. So, if you haven’t already sorted out yours, what are you waiting for?

Father Christmas at Eden, The Eden Project, St Austell (usually 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)

No details yet for 2020, we will update here when tickets are released.

Bedruthan Sugar & Spice Grotto, Mawgan Porth

The magical woodland at Bedruthan Hotel & Spa is a favourite experience – meet Tomte, Astrid, the friendly elves and loveable reindeer in Tummetott village. Enter Festlig Wood lit by candlelight and decorate beautiful wooden Christmas tree decorations to hang on your own tree at home. Visit the Ice Queen in her snow cavern, throw snowballs and make snow angels. Finally, wind your way through the frozen forest to find Father Christmas’s Sugar and Spice Grotto to meet the old man himself and help to fix his sleigh and save Christmas!

No details yet for 2020, but sign up here to be the first to know.

Santa by Steam, Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Bodmin (5, 12, 19, 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.

Santa at Lappa Valley, Newquay

When Santa isn’t on the Bodmin railway, he’s over near Newquay where you can meet him in his grotto and take a nostalgic ride on the steam railway.

No details yet for 2020, we will update here when tickets are released.

Father Christmas at Lanhydrock, Bodmin

Lanhydrock (a Cornish Downton Abbey?) is usually set up as a Victorian Christmas (FC is in authentic green robes, not red) and children can meet Santa in the cosy dining room.

(Don’t forget you need to get into the house first, which means buying a ticket or National Trust membership)

No details yet for 2020, we will update here when tickets are released.

Santa Claus is coming to (Charles)town, Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Charlestown

Charlestown is an 18th Century Georgian harbour (you’ll recognise it from Poldark when Verity Poldark and Captain Andrew Blamey eloped in series 1) where in previous year’s intrepid children have travelled through the UK’s longest festive tunnel of lights beneath the museum, encountered Alabaster Snowball the elf and then discovered Santa Claus himself in his underground grotto.

No details yet for 2020, we will update here when tickets are released.

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

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.

(Don’t forget you need a ticket, or hold a Heligan Membership, or Locals’ Pass) 

No details yet for 2020, we will update here when tickets are released.

If you don’t fancy booking ahead, Santa usually appears at various grottos around the County:

Santa’s Grotto at Paradise Park, Hayle

Santa’s Grotto at Lostwithiel Dickinson Evening (awaiting confirmation for 2020)

And of course, he’s usually 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.

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