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These are a few of our favourite things (for a Christmas on the coast)

Snowflakes on beaches and lights strung on harbours. Wreaths hung on doorways and warm cups of cocoa. Flames flickering in fireplaces and bubbles rising in glasses. These are a few of our favourite things (ten to be exact) that make the perfect Christmas on the Cornish coast.

Festive wreaths

The Latitude50 team with fir Christmas wreaths on Polzeath beach
A wreath making workshop in Lostwithiel, Cornwall
A pampas wreath on the door of Carn Mar in Polzeath
A moss Christmas wreath

What better way to get in the festive spirit than a spot of wreath making? Traditional, eucalyptus, moss or even pampas grass - the possibilities are endless. You can get creative at home or join one of the many local wreath making sessions around Cornwall. Check out our guide to making a moss Christmas wreath here.


Coastal decorations

The lobster pot Christmas tree in Port Isaac, North Cornwall
A driftwood Christmas tree inspired by the coast
Natural Christmas decorations in Compit, a self-catering holiday home in Polzeath, North Cornwall
A handmade Christmas bauble painted by local artist Katie Childs of the Cliffside Gallery

Why not sprinkle a little coastal magic onto your Christmas decorations this year? From table top driftwood Christmas trees to hand painted baubles, bring a little of the Cornish coast inside this year.


Snow (if we're very lucky)

Snow on Daymer Bay, North Cornwall
Family playing in the snow in Cornwall
Boots in the snow in Cornwall

You can't beat it when a magical white dusting settles across beaches, coast paths and rooftops across Cornwall. Whatever our age, we all can't help but get a little giddy on a snow day!


Blustery walks and crisp sea air

Minature Dachshund with a santa hat on Polzeath beach
Group of friends on Polzeath beach
Father and son on Polzeath beach
Woman walking on Port Isaac beach

There is only so much Christmas TV and food you can consume without needing a healthy dose of fresh sea air. Enjoy a coastal walk with all the family and feel invigorated ready for the ongoing celebrations.


Time beside the fire

Group of friends around the fire pit at Carn Mar, a self-catering holiday home above Polzeath beach
Family around the log burner at Christmas
Fireplace at Rockhaven Manor, a self-catering holiday home in Rock, North Cornwall

Crisp, coastal walks by day and cosy toes beside the fire by night. There is no better feeling than coming home to a crackling fire and hunkering down as the waves crash against the shore outside.


A dip (for the brave!)

Surfer at Polzeath beach, North Cornwall
Couple bellyboarding at Baby Bay, Polzeath

Start a Christmas family tradition and brave the water on Christmas morning. There is nothing more invigorating than an early morning surf or swim which will set you up for the festivities ahead.


Cups of cocoa

Pouring a cup of cocoa by the fire
Cups of hot chocolate by the fire at Compit, a self-catering holiday home in Polzeath, North Cornwall
Couple with mugs of hot chocolate on Rock beach
Beach fire and hot chocolate in Rock, North Cornwall

On a crisp winter's day, don a warm, woolly jumper, pack a blanket and thermos and head to the beach. Watch the comings and goings of the tide and people watch, with your hands wrapped around a steaming cup of cocoa - lovely! Alternatively, enjoy a traditional hot chocolate from the comfort of home (add cinnamon for a festive twist).


A local tipple (or two)

Tarquin's Cornish Blackberry Mule cocktail Image courtesy of Tarquin's Cornish Gin
Mulled wine beside the fire in Cornwall
Artisan cocktails on the balcony of Carn Mar, a self-catering holiday home in Polzeath
Couple enjoying champagne in Carn Mar, Polzeath

Whether your tipple of choice is an artisan gin and tonic or the region's finest bubbles, you will be spoilt for choice here in Cornwall. Our personal favourite is a glass of Trevibban Mill's sparkling white or a Cornish Blackberry Mule served with Tarquin's blackberry gin, ginger ale, lime juice and mint. We also love the mulled wine and cider produced by Polgoon Vineyard and Orchard in Penzance.


Festive treats

Family making mince pies in the kitchen at Compit, a self-catering holiday home in Polzeath, North Cornwall
Homemade mince pies
Mini mince pies
Fee's Food Deli and Coffee Shop in Rock, Cornwall

Baking is the perfect festive activity and way to spend quality time together as a family. We love these cute 'pop them in your mouth' mince pies. If you have no time to spend in the kitchen then fear not, head to Fee's Food or Malcolm Barnecutt's Bakery in Rock to pick some up (and maybe one or two other treats too!).


Christmas lights

Christmas lights and fireworks at Padstow in Cornwall
Truro City of Lights
Christmas lights in the harbour at Padstow

Hop across the estuary on the ferry to Padstow and take in the beautiful lights twinkling above the water or stroll down the cobbled streets of Port Isaac and admire the strings of lights and wreaths adorning the cosy pubs and whitewashed cottages.


The Latitude50 team would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. For those of you staying with us this festive period, we hope you have a magical Christmas beside the sea.

As the family gather for the festive season, why not plan your next adventure to the North Cornish coast with a stylish Latitude50 home as your base?

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