What’s On This Week: Mon 18 – Sun 24 Dec
MON 18 - SUN 24 DEC
Let’s jingle all the way to the festive long weekend with Christmas Shows, Cornish festivals, illuminations and a stockingful more fun…
Sleeping Beauty, Hall for Cornwall, Truro, Tues 5 – Sun 31 Dec
The third in a trilogy of festive productions at Hall For Cornwall starring Kernow King and Granville Saxton. This year’s Christmas Show revives the classic tale, Sleeping Beauty and gives it a comic Cornish twist. Expect lots of local in-jokes and good old-fashioned, festive laughs for all the family. £16 – £29
Bah Humbug! A Christmas Carol, Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, 14 – 21 Dec
This December, Miracle breathes new life into the second most famous Christmas story in the world – Charles Dickens heart-warming masterpiece ‘A Christmas Carol. Following a sell-out run of ‘Cinderella’ last year, Miracle is back at Falmouth’s Princess Pavilion, with a re-telling of this timeless classic about the cold-hearted miser Scrooge and his joyous redemption. Children £10, adults £15.
Prideaux Angels, Prideaux Place, Padstow, 16 – 28 Dec
The team behind this summer’s a pinch of SALT season of dance performances on beaches and gardens, are back with a new Christmas show. A promenade performance in and around the gardens at Padstow’s Elizabethan Manor House, Prideaux Place, the show is a perfect Christmas story for all the family, including live music, robins, snowflakes, and a giant snow globe! There will be food available from Ed Stein which is pre-orderable with tickets. Matinee performances and evening shows are available. Children £8, adults £12.
The Mousehole Cat, Solomon Browne Hall, Mousehole, 17 – 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.
Trelissick Illuminated, National Trust Trelissick, 15-23 Dec
See Trelissick in a festive light with the garden and house illuminated after dusk and with a longer route around the garden this year there’s even more to explore. Last entry to the garden at 6.30pm. Normal admission charges apply, free to National Trust members.
Fairytales from Father Christmas, National Trust Trelissick, 15-23 Dec
Bring the children for a family experience, with Father Christmas entertaining a gathering with his fairy tales. This is a group family experience rather than a 1:1 with Father Christmas and children can be accompanied by a maximum of two adults due to space in the barn. Each child will go home with a present. £5 per child plus 5% booking fee. Normal admission charge to property still applies, free to National Trust members. Booking essential.
Festival of Light & Sound, Eden Project, Bodelva, 15–23 Dec
Described by one visitor as being like ‘man-made Northern Lights’ this unforgettable display of light, music and colour returns to the Eden Project this winter. Step out onto the viewing platform and gaze in awe as dramatic lasers pierce through the darkness to create a canopy of light, illuminating Eden’s lush landscape. You can also take part in craft workshops before the festivities kick off each evening. All activities are included with an Eden Project ticket or Pass, and there is no need to book.
Montol, Penzance, Thurs 21 Dec
Montol is Cornwall’s traditional festival of midwinter on 21 Dec (the Winter Solstice) in Penzance. Dancers in full disguise, called Guisers, parade the streets, accompanied by music from peccadillos, drumming and burning torches. It can be a little bit frightening for small children but is loads of fun and a real sight to see.
Heligan by Night, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, 21, 22 & 23 Dec
This December, step into ‘Heligan by Night’ and experience the art of illumination as internationally renowned light artist Ulf Pedersen reveals the night time magic of Heligan’s historic plantings. Journey through an after dark Lost Gardens and delight in the incredible textures, colours and atmosphere created by Pedersen’s thought provoking illuminations. £5, under 5s free.
Trebah Santa Days, Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith, Thurs 21 & Fri 22 Dec
This Christmas the elves has taken up residence at Trebah, building a fantastical factory. Watch them handcraft unique gifts just in time to collect your very own from Santa himself. Hot chocolate, face paints and creative crafts are also on offer. Santa will be visiting the factory between 11am and 3pm. No need to book.
Josh Curnow, Christmas Woodburner Session, Lusty Glaze, Newquay, Fri 22 Dec
The last Woodburner Session of 2017 at Lusty Glaze with Cornish singer/songwriter Josh Curnow. With his debut album currently in the making and new Christmas single ‘All These Years On’ out now, Josh Curnow is quickly becoming recognised as a big contender in the music industry for 2017! Playing over a 1000 gigs as a solo artist with his guitar and piano, as well as making it though to the live semi finals of Britain’s Got Talent 2016, Josh’s live performances are everything you’ed expect from an energetic, polished professional.
Fish ‘n’ Fizz Friday, Knightor Winery, St Austell, Fri 22 Dec
What could be more decadent than fish and chips washed down with bubbles? Kick off the festive long weekend and escape the wrapping with a relaxed evening at Knightor Winery. Book your table from 6.30pm onwards for local beer battered cod, hand cut chips, tartare sauce and mushy peas accompanied by a crisp glass of Knightor sparkling wine – the perfect pairing to flaky white fish. Pre-dinner at 5pm there will be a wine tour and tasting where you can gain a real insight into how Knightor wines are made, followed by a tutored tasting. £15 per person for Fish n’ Fizz or £25 per person for Fish n’ Fizz with the pre-dinner wine tour and tasting.
Elf, Caerhays Drive-In, Caerhays Beach Cafe, St Austell, Fri 22 Dec
There isn’t a film which sums up Christmas more than Elf! Probably the most popular family Christmas film out there and a perfect way to kick off the festive long weekend. The film will be slightly earlier at 7PM due to the time of year. The café will be open at 5.30PM. There will be a competition for the best dressed Elf at this screening. That does includes adults.
Tom Bawcock’s Eve, Mousehole, Sat 23 Dec
We always spend an evening in Mousehole at Christmas time, to see the amazing light display but Tom Bawcock’s Eve is the biggest celebration. Every year, the school children and locals parade lanterns and sing the traditional song and Star Gazy 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.