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Magical Christmas experiences in Cornwall and Devon

Posted by Perfect Stays on Oct 27, 2019

Fun, food and festive fir trees

The perfect way to kick off the Christmas countdown, we've pulled together some of our favourite festive days out in Devon and Cornwall. With treasure hunts for the children, harbourside festivals for the foodies and even yuletide yoga classes, you'll be feeling merry in no time.

North Cornwall: a magical grotto

Inch a step closer to completing your shopping with a trip to Bedruthan’s Christmas Fair on 23rd and 24th November, where handmade goods, unique artwork and colourful jewellery are just three of the enticing treats on offer.

Between 30th November and 23rd December, Bedruthan will also 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. With tickets selling out fast, click here to secure your visit to the charming grotto.

Between 5th – 8th December, Padstow’s Christmas Festival is returning for its twelfth year. Renowned for artisan crafts, glowing fireworks and plenty of flavoursome food and drink, those from all over the South West flock to Padstow for a long weekend by the north coast.

Sleeping two guests, The Nook near Rock is a romantic spot to spend the Christmas season, whilst The LookoutSea House and Trehayl are family-friendly North Cornwall retreats, perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoying a calming festive break.


© Bedruthan Hotel and Spa

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.

With a couple of our west coast homes still available for the Christmas week, return to Porth Enys House for cosy films in the cinema room or embrace the nip in the air with a mince pie and hot chocolate on Bodillian’s sea-view balcony. For a mid-December escape, choose the nautical and magnificent Shun Lee, perfect for large groups.


South Cornwall: sparkling rainforests and a winter wonderland

Another year, another magical Christmas festival at the Eden Project. To immerse yourself in the lantern parades, ice rink, and sparkling gardens and biomes, click here to book.

For a carousel and snow train, hop on the ferry from St Mawes to Falmouth for their festive weekend. From 14th – 15th December, decorate gingerbread, explore Nordic tipis and make snow angels in Cornwall’s very own enchanting winter wonderland.

A free, festive and fun weekend awaits at Penryn’s Jubilee Wharf Christmas Fair, also taking place between 14th and 15th December. Kickstart the festive feeling through your taste buds, where local rum, toasted walnuts and mulled wine are sure to please.


© Eden Project

South Devon: get merry in the countryside

Combine your love of seafood and the festive season with The Oyster Shack’s Christmas Market on 30th November. Hot crab soup, saltwater treats and plenty of oysters sound ever so tempting at this time of year. In December, opt for 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.

A short distance away sits the idyllic Waterside in Salcombe, which is available this Christmas and New Year. Retreat to the cosy living area, sip eggnog and feel the flush of the crackling wood burner as it warms you from head to toe.


If you’re looking for a festive getaway, click here to browse our properties that are still currently available for the big day. Call 01208 895570 for more information and to plan your Christmas break. 

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