The grown-ups guide to Cornish festivities 2016

Cornwall is magical in the run-up to Christmas.You can take bracing walks on beautiful, empty beaches. Explore one of our picturesque fishing villages all a-twinkle with lights and get any last minute gifts you need at one of our festive markets. There’s so much to do and see on a pre-Christmas break in Cornwall. Here’s our list of favourite festive events not to be missed:

Truro City of Lights
Wednesday 23rd November at 7pm

Nothing heralds Christmas quite like the warm glow of festive lights. See handsome Truro lit up in spectacular fashion with this vivid, creative celebration that includes art, music, dance and – of course – light. The event features a dazzling procession of giant handmade withy and tissue lanterns floating through the streets carried by professional artists and accompanied by a host of smaller lanterns carried by Cornish school children and local community and youth groups. Every year the procession has a different theme and an escort of musicians and dancers including samba, brass bands and pipes and drums.

Bedruthan’s Christmas Craft Fair
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th November from 10:00am

Each year Bedruthan, our sister hotel, hold a Christmas Craft fair with over fifty stallholders. You can get all of your Christmas shopping sorted in one location, plus enjoy some relaxation amongst the festive bustle in their pop-up tea room serving delicious tea’s coffee’s and cakes. This years fair is set to be the biggest and best yet, so be sure to download your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Tickets are free but there but we are limited by capacity. – Bedruthan Christmas Craft Fair

Padstow Christmas Festival
1st to 4th December 2016

Starring some award-winning chefs and more than 100 artisans and producers, Padstow Christmas Market celebrates all things traditional, Christmas and Cornish. Food and drink stalls will be laden with delicious produce from across the county and you’ll find everything an epicure could possibly want – from local cheeses and organic sausages to warm mulled wine and glasses of ale. This market brims with handmade gifts so you can get all your Christmas shopping done in one go. Some of this year’s highlights include chef demonstrations and fireworks on the harbour on Friday at 8:30pm and the Santa Fun Run on Saturday at 1pm.

Lostwithiel Dickensian Evening
Thursday 8th December 2016

Quaint Lostwithiel is the perfect setting for a Dickensian Evening. The evening kicks off with a lantern parade led by the Lostwithiel Town Band. Shops in the centre of town will be open late and shopkeepers dress up in Victorian garb. In fact lots of people get in the spirit and you’ll see stallholders, performers and townspeople kitted out in old-fashioned costumes. Choirs, bands, musicians and buskers perform throughout the evening in the street and in venues around town, singing carols and festive tunes. Once the festivities finish up around 9pm, the evening continues with live music and entertainment in local pubs and clubs.

Fowey Christmas Market
9th – 11th December 2016

Said by many to be Cornwall’s biggest and best Christmas market, Fowey’s festive food, drink, music and shopping extravaganza is not to be missed. Highlights include the arrival of Father Christmas – in style and by boat – to meet local children, a lantern procession, hog roast and carol singing led by the Town Choir. You’ll find a wealth of traditional and Cornish traders offering all kinds of gifts, art and crafts as well as delicious local food and drink, all complementing Fowey’s eclectic range of quality eateries, boutiques and art galleries. There will also be various entertainers, a hog roast and the vicar serving mulled wine and chestnuts. The market is open 5pm – 8:30pm on Friday 9th, 10am – 5pm on Saturday 10th and 10am – 4pm on Sunday 11th December.

Mousehole Christmas Lights
Saturday 17th December 2016 at 7.00 pm

The Christmas lights in Mousehole are a stunning sight with floating displays of illuminations – sea serpents, fishing boats and whales – transforming the harbour and the streets of the village. The village is ablaze with colour when the lights are on. It’s a magical experience to walk the narrow streets following the winding strings of lanterns as they disappear around another corner into yet another street. Browse around the local gift shops and stop for a meal and a drink in one of village restaurants, cafes or pubs. The lights will then be on each evening between 5pm and 11pm from 18th December 2016 until 7th January 2017 (With the exception of 19th Dec, when the lights will be dimmed between 8-9pm).