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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?

Day Before Christmas at Bedruthan, 29 Nov to 16 Dec

Father Christmas has checked in to Bedruthan for some R&R before the big day. Come and say hello before a spot of lunch — we hear he’s brought some presents along for the children too. Includes a gourmet burger each at the Wild Cafe, plus a yule log to share, in addition to Xmas gift.

St Ives harbour, 3 Dec, 6pm

Santa arrives in St Ives by lifeboat for a weekend break, appearing in the Kids R Us Theatre on 3rd and 4th December, between 12pm and 4pm.

Father Christmas at Eden, The Eden Project, St Austell, 3 – 24 Dec

Famed for its biomes and awesome gardens, Christmas at Eden is always magical. As usual, its about the elves – during 40-minute sessions, visitors will learn all about special reindeer cubes made from Christmas ingredients and will help Father Christmas and his elves with some magical reindeer landing lights. Each session features a show and time for children to meet the elves and have a special moment with the man himself.  Pre-booking essential, plus Eden entrance. Includes gift and letter to open on Christmas Eve. (£10-£14) 

Father Christmas at Heligan, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Near St Austell, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20 – 24 December 

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.

{SOLD OUT} Santa at Lappa Valley, Newquay (5 – 24 Dec)

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 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

Santa’s Grotto at Lostwithiel Dickinson Evening

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.

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