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Magical Christmas experiences in Cornwall and Devon


Fun, food and festive fir trees


North Cornwall: a magical grotto and the perfect gift

Between 30th November and 23rd December, Bedruthan will be opening its doors to the Sugar and Spice Grotto. Transport to the North Pole and help Father Christmas track down the missing pieces of his sleigh before it’s too late. With tickets selling out fast, click here to secure your visit to the charming grotto.

On the 19th, 20th and 22nd December, Lusty Glaze Beach’s ever popular woodburner sessions will be given a festive twist. Indulge in a lazy Sunday lunch for a relaxing afternoon by the sea, or spend frosty December evenings soaking up the Cornish air and singing along to yuletide classics. With reservations essential at this time of year, click here to find the session for you.


Christmas Experiences in Cornwall and Devon

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South Devon: get merry in the countryside

Combine your love of seafood and the festive season with one of The Oyster Shack’s feast nights, where a curry, broth or winter stew will be the perfect soother for brisk winter nights.

Once the big day has passed, resist the post-Christmas Day blues with a festive yuletide stretch and yoga class at the Hen House in Kingsbridge. Taking place on 28th December, spend an hour remedying the festive feasting with a much needed stretch in the middle of rolling countryside.


Christmas Experiences in Cornwall and Devon


West Cornwall: festive adventures on your doorstep

The ever charming St Ives becomes even more magical in December. Lights, lanterns and glowing window displays add a touch of sparkle to the streets, transforming the vibrant town into a festive paradise. St Ives will be hosting a town treasure hunt throughout December, so pop into Café Art or St Ives Library for a form.

With far too many festive adventures to list, click here to see St Ives’ Christmas schedule. From a Porthmeor Beach clean and farmers market, to wine tasting and a boxing day swim – you’re sure to find an experience perfect for the whole family.

For the 56th year, Mousehole will breathe life into their infamous Christmas light display on Saturday 14th December. An estimated 7000 bulbs and 20 strings of lanterns ensure that Mousehole will be as technicoloured and showstopping as ever.


Christmas Experiences in Cornwall and Devon


South Cornwall: sparkling rainforests and a winter wonderland

Another year, another magical Christmas festival at the Eden Project. Listen to seasonal favourites from the brass band, sip on a warming mulled wine and squeeze the whole family into the festive themed photobooth. With beautiful lights and lanterns around every corner, a glimmering ice rink and sparkling gardens and biomes, click here to plan your festive fun.

If you’re taken by wonderful light displays, The Lost Gardens of Heligan’s ‘The Art of Illumination’ is returning this year with Ulf Pederson behind the magic. Awe-inspiring projections are set to bring the gardens to life after dark, promising a magical experience. Taking place between 19th December – 4th January, click here to find the perfect date for you.


Christmas Experiences in Cornwall and Devon

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