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Mon 9 - Sun 15 Dec


Surfer and artist James Midwinter is holding a solo exhibition at super stylish Open in Wheal Kitty, St Agnes. We love his minimalist Cornish photography (below) (until Jan)

NoWhere, James Midwinter

You can also catch Tate St Ives in Colour – a new immersive and interactive light installation by Peter Hudson. Take control of the colour and intensity of the light by playing with the sphere, creating cycles of colour and pulses of light inside + outside (Until 5 Jan)

Tate St Ives © Kirstin Prisk


Sleeping Beauty: A Maleficent Tale, Sterts Theatre, Liskeard (11-14 Dec)

This brand new, hour-long pantomime tells the tale of Maleficent, Queen of the fairies who puts a curse on the baby princess Aurora. Indulge in an extended winter warmer interval where warm mince pies, mulled wine and hot chocolate will be available, with an opportunity to meet some of the characters before the second act. 

Aladdin, Lane Theatre, Newquay, (12-14 Dec)

Oddsocks are returning to Lane Theatre with their fabulous Pantomime which this year is Aladdin. The story may be familiar but there will be a modern twist. Book soon as it sold out last year.

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’.

Jingle All the Way – Truro Cathedral Choir Concert, Truro Cathedral, Sat 14 Dec

Join the boys, girls and adult professional singers of Truro Cathedral Choir for this year’s Christmas concert – its sure to get you into the festive mood! Alongside seasonal favourites like O holy night, the Cherry Tree Carol, In the bleak midwinter and the Sussex Carol, the choir will perform some less well-known gems including a powerful setting of the Coventry Carol and a virtuosic arrangement of Jingle Bells.

Rogue Theatre’s Winter Wood, Tehidy Woods, (until 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.

Lostwithiel Dickinson Evening (Thurs 12 Dec)Starting with a lantern parade led by the Reindeer Alpacas, the whole town dresses up in Victorian garb for this late night shopping (and drinking) evening. We recommend getting the train.

Christmas Lights in Mousehole (from 15 Dec, lights-on 14 Dec) 

Yes, there are Christmas lights in towns all over Cornwall but these are the particularly special and famous ones. In Mousehole the harbour and town is lit up with everything from sea monsters to star gazey pie. The lights switch-on is on 14 Dec at 6.30pm with an open-air Carolaire service at the entrance to the North Quay.


Trebah Santa Days, Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith, Sat 14 & Sun 15 Dec

This Christmas the elves return to Trebah, pulling the dust sheets off their factory machinery and moving into production mode. For a short period only, guests will be invited inside the magical factory to watch the elves handcraft fantastical toys, play instruments and generally elf about.

Watchful Mary Crowd-Ins get going Weds to Sat nights in December with winter warmers, live music and (hopefully) sunset views from cool new bar on the seawall at Watergate Bay Hotel. Follow your nose to the bottom of sea lane for warm, spiced cider, Atlantic Pudding Gin with ginger beer and Cointreau orange hot chocolate as well as live music and open-air pizzas on the deck when (if) it’s not raining. Also look out for the Laurent Perrier x Watchful champagne cocktails on the deck. Blankets provided!

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