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Mon 23 - Sun 29 Dec


Nine Lessons and Carols, Truro Cathedral, Mon 23 and Tues 24 Dec

The ‘Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols’ services are a much loved and historic part of Christmas celebrations in Cornwall. Devised in 1880 by Bishop Benson, the first Bishop of Truro, these services are usually filled to capacity so arrive early to avoid disappointment. This service will be sung by the choir with its boy choristers.

Tom Bawcock’s Eve, Mousehole, 23 Dec 

See the amazing light display at Mousehole with Tom Bawcock’s Eve as the biggest celebration. Every year, the school children and locals parade lanterns and sing the traditional song and Star Gazey Pie is served up in The Ship Inn on the harbour side. This is all in honour of Tom Bawcock, a fisherman who according to legend, risked his life to go out fishing and feed the hungry people of Mousehole, one especially stormy winter.

Christmas Day

I can’t list them all because I’d be here until January but don’t forget to check Facebook or ask locally for your nearest Santa Runs and Christmas Day/ Boxing Day swims. A Cornish Christmas wouldn’t be the same without them!

Food and Drink

The Hidden Hut, Portscatho (Boxing Day to New Year’s Eve)

Muddy cult favourite The Hidden Hut opens its hatches for one winter week only between Christmas and New Year. Serving winter soups, stews, dahls, seafood chowders, freshly baked cakes, warm pasties and hot chocolates, combine your lovely lunch with a walk along the coastal path.

Boxing Day Theatre

.Near.Ta Theatre Christmas. Time, venues around Cornwall,  Fri 6 Dec – Thurs 26 Dec

Bringing bucketloads of Christmas spirit, and back again for 2019, is Near-ta Theatre’s festive comedy, Christmas. Time.!

Charlie and Toby are feeling low, and why wouldn’t they? It’s Christmas Day and they’re serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure. But why shouldn’t they be having a Merry Christmas in spite of their incarceration? What’s stopping them from creating Christmas around them? Absolutely nothing! And so they set off on their festival of carols, Claus, Christ and custody!

Rogue Theatre’s Winter Wood, Tehidy Woods, Sat 7 – Sat 30 Dec

Multi-award-winning Rogue Theatre returns to the wilds of Tehidy Woods this December with their enchanting winter celebration Winter Wood (with all-new stories for 2019).

Follow the path deeper into the Winter Wood, land of myth, legend and festive magic as Old Man Winter’s world of stories, faeries and winter wonders comes to life.

Created by Cornwall’s immersive and highly visual Rogue Theatre, Winter Wood is an adventure for families and those who still believe in magic.

Treasure Island by Miracle Theatre, Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, Fri 13 Dec – Sun 5 Jan

Yo, ho, ho and a bucket of… fun. Miracle will be back at Princess Pavilion this December with a brand new festive treat, full of music and laughter, freely adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

This epic nautical adventure story, full of swashbuckling sea shanty singing characters, will have all the saltiness of the original nineteenth-century setting with the added flavours of Miracle humour and seasonal fun.

The Mousehole Cat, Solomon Browne Hall, Mousehole, Sat 14 – Tues 31 Dec

A magical puppet and live action production of Antonia Barber’s classic children’s story, The Mousehole Cat, performed in the heart of Mousehole alongside the village’s famous Christmas light display. Based on a well-known Cornish legend this uniquely heart-warming story of the friendship between a fearless fisherman and his devoted cat will warm your cockles… almost as much as an ‘efty portion of stargazy pie! This show lasts for approximately one hour. Last year it sold out, so book early! All tickets £10.

For adults and children who might benefit from a more relaxed environment, or are uncomfortable with sudden lighting changes or loud noises, including those with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory or communication needs or a learning disability, the 11.30am shows on 21, 22, 24, 28 and 29 Dec are designated ‘relaxed performances’.

General festive outings

Trelissick Illuminated, Trelissick Gardens, various dates 1 – 31 Dec (including some late nights)

Trelissick becomes an illuminated wonderland as the sun sets. Meander along the garden paths and enjoy a magical experience of colour and light. Admission charges apply, free for National Trust members.

Over at the Eden Project, the Festival of Christmas has started. Highlights include festive music in the magical Mediterranean Biome and the site beautifully lit up including the spectacular Avenue of Lights to the Biomes, where giant willow lanterns light up the night. The ice rink and Santa’s Grotto also get underway.

For the first time ever, Cotehele Mill, near Plymouth, is open at Christmas for a family-friendly celebration of Victorian Christmas traditions. Starts 29 Nov.


Cotehele’s annual Christmas garland has returned, now in its 64th year! Made out of 30,000 dried flowers grown on the Cotehele Estate and painstakingly created by volunteers to create a 60-foot garland that hangs in the Tudor Hall, the garland truly is a sight to behold. Open daily (runs to 5 Jan).


St Michael’s Mount  (29-31 Dec)

Last chance to visit St Michael’s Mount before it closes until Spring 2020. The mount will be open free-flow (no guided tours) – take the pilgrimage across the cobbled causeway or, should the tide be in, take an adventure on the island’s amphibious vehicle, the St Michael and uncover stories from the harbour, legends and historical castle – children can race to find the Giant’s heart.

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