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What’s On This Weekend: Fri 21 – Sun 23 Dec

FRI 21 - SUN 23 DEC

It’s the last weekend before Christmas and the last chance to catch some of Cornwall’s special festive events, from illuminations to seasonal theatre.


Shadows & Light, Eden Project, Bodelva, various dates until Weds 30 Dec

An all-new after-dark experience this Christmas, as Eden is transformed into an ever-changing landscape of shadows and light. With lights shows and illuminations throughout Eden. Free with Eden admission.

Near.Ta Theatre Christmas. Time, venues around Cornwall,  Sat 1 Dec – Thurs 27 Dec 

Bringing bucketloads of Christmas spirit, and back for its tenth anniversary tour, 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!

Trelissick Illuminated, Trelissick Gardens, various dates 1 – 23 Dec

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.

Christmas Lights in Mousehole (from 15 Dec) & Angarrack (from 1 Dec)

Yes, there are Christmas lights in towns all over Cornwall but these are the particularly special and famous ones and I can’t resist a visit every year. In Mousehole the harbour and town is lit up with everything from sea monsters to star gazey pie and Angarrack’s display depicts the twelve days of Christmas.

Aladdin by Miracle Theatre, Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, Fri 7 Dec – Sat 5 Jan

Miracle Theatre is delighted to be back at Princess Pavilion with a new & not to be missed Christmas show suitable for all! Every Christmas for the last fifty years the Willoughby-Brown family have gathered at their country seat in Cornwall to eat, drink, laugh and bicker and, with the help of their loyal staff, to provide their own entertainment in the form of a home-made pantomime. This year, as an act of seasonal charity, the family has decided to embrace the epithet of ‘great art for everyone’. They have offered to install themselves on the stage of the Princess Pavilion, where they invite you to assemble and share their unique interpretation of the oriental fairy-tale Aladdin.

Seasonal Supper with Buchanan Wines, Surfside, Polzeath, Sat 22 Dec

Join Buchanan Wines Cornwall and Surfside Polzeath for a two-course seasonal meal matched with intriguing and interesting wines (available by the glass or bottle). Celebrating the beginning of winter, book a seat at the table in anticipation of delicious food, wine and conversation. You will be eating by candlelight in the beach restaurant Surfside, which is situated on the beach at Polzeath. £22.50pp

Heligan by Night, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, various dates Weds 12 Dec – Sat 5 Jan

This December, step in to ‘Heligan by Night’ and experience the art of illumination as internationally renowned light artist Ulf Pedersen returns to reveal 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.

The Mousehole Cat, Solomon Browne Hall, Mousehole, Sat 15 – Mon 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.

Rogue Theatre’s Winter Wood, Tehidy Woods, Sat 8 – Sun 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). 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 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.

Montol, Penzance, Fri 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.

Luca Silvestrini’s Protein: The Little Prince, AMATA, Penryn, Sat 22 Dec

The well-loved story The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, is retold using Protein’s mix of humour, dance and music, encouraging us to look at the world through our hearts and reconnect with the child that’s in us all. Join the Little Prince in this live stage show as he journeys through the baffling world of grown-ups, meeting a king who reigns over nothing, a businessman obsessively counting stars and a vain man craving admiration! Along the way he encounters a lone pilot stranded in the desert and together they discover the power of friendship and the complexity of love.

Tom Bawcock’s Eve, Mousehole, Sun 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 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.

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