Where to see Santa in Cornwall 2021
Meet the man in red himself as he appears across Cornwall - sometimes by sleigh, sometimes even by steam!
Santa baby… in usual years the hottest tickets in town sell out as soon as bookings open – and in our new pandemic/post-pandemic (we can but wish) times, 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?
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.
Head to the Festive Reserve Yard, where you and your family bubble (max 2 adults per child) will be welcomed by the naughty but nice Elf Team who will ensure you get into the Christmas spirit; with music, games, toasted marshmallows over the fire and warming festive refreshments.
(Don’t forget you need a ticket, or hold a Heligan Membership, or Locals’ Pass, and you’ll need to arrive 45 mins prior to your booked slot)
Santa by Steam, Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Bodmin, 4, 5, 11, 12, and 17 – 24 December
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.
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.
Take a nostalgic steam train ride through the wooded valley into Lappa, where you’ll find lots of festive fun. All families will be greeted at the Lappa Valley ticket office, where the elves will allocate you a time slot to visit Santa. All children will receive a specially chosen gift.
Still waiting on 2021 details:
Father Christmas at Eden, The Eden Project, St Austell
Famed for its biomes and awesome gardens, 2021 FC details have yet to be announced.
Father Christmas at Lanhydrock, Bodmin
Lanhydrock (a Cornish Downton Abbey?) is usually set up as a Victorian Christmas (with FC in authentic green robes, not red). More details soon.
(Don’t forget you need to get into the house first, which means buying a ticket or National Trust membership).
Trebah Santa Days, Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith
Usually the elves return to Trebah, a sub-tropical garden on the banks of the River Helford (think Daphne Du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek) and guests are invited inside the magical factory to watch the elves handcraft fantastical toys, play instruments and generally elf about. No news yet for 2021, but watch this space.
Santa also usually appears at various grottos around the County:
Santa’s Grotto at Paradise Park, Hayle
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 to see which are going ahead this year.