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Our favourite Christmas activities

Wrap up warm in hats and scarves and discover North Cornwall's Christmas activities this December. From creating your own wreath, to visiting Santa's grotto, we guide you through our favourite Christmas activities that are sure to get you in the spirit.

Padstow Christmas Festival, Padstow, Cornwall

Santa by Steam

Santa by Steam is a magical train journey through the Cornish countryside complete with a visit from the railway elves and Santa himself. The one-hour rides depart on Saturdays and Sundays from Bodmin General Station leading up to Christmas. To find out more and buy tickets click here. Bodmin General Station is a 25-minute drive from Rock. 

Santa welcomes children aboard the Santa by Steam train at Bodmin General Station, North Cornwall.
Children aboard the Santa by Steam train at Bodmin General Station, North Cornwall.
Santa by Steam train at Bodmin General Station, North Cornwall.
Santa by Steam

The Eden Project Festival of Christmas

From 30 November to 30 December 2019, the Eden Project hosts their Festival of Christmas. Experience the joy of Christmas with a visit to Father Christmas and his elves, a skate on the ice rink, a magical after-dark light show and much more. The Eden project is near St Austell, just a 40-minute drive from Rock. Find out more here.

Christmas Elves at Eden Project, Cornwall Photos courtesy of The Eden Project
The Eden Project Christmas Festival, Cornwall
Eden Project Festival of Christmas

Wadebridge Christmas Wonderland

Wander around the pretty market town of Wadebridge and take in the sights and sounds of the Christmas Wonderland. With late night shopping in the independent boutiques, live music, Santa's grotto and a firework display there is plenty to get you in the festive mood. Wadebridge Christmas Wonderland runs from 13 - 14 December 2019. 

Christmas Wonderland in Wadebridge, North Cornwall
Christmas Wonderland in Wadebridge, North Cornwall
Wadebridge Christmas Wonderland

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan are offering a whole host of festive activities throughout December. With 200 acres of gardens to discover and everything from a Christmas market to an illumination created by a renowned light artist there is lots to see and do. Find out more about the various festive activities here. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are a 55-minute drive from Rock. 

Christmas at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall
Christmas at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall Photos courtesy of The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Christmas at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall
Christmas at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Padstow Christmas Festival

Running from 05 - 08 December 2019, the Padstow Christmas Festival is a Christmas must. Hop on the passenger ferry from Rock and travel in style across to Padstow. Wander around the harbour taking in the twinkling lights as they reflect off the water. Head to the Christmas marquee and indulge in locally produced food and drink or stock up on gifts from the lovely mix of market stalls. 

Shopping in Padstow, North Cornwall
Padstow Christmas Festival lantern parade, Padstow, North Cornwall
Food stalls at Padstow Christmas Festival, Padstow, North Cornwall
Padstow Christmas Festival

Wreath making workshop at Knightor Winery

Christmas wreath making at Knightor Winery, Cornwall Photos courtesy of Knightor Winery
Christmas wreath making at Knightor Winery, Cornwall

Create your own gorgeous festive wreath to hang on your door. Knightor Winery is hosting a wreath making workshop on Wednesday 04 December 2019 at 6pm. Enjoy a hot drink and mince pies before using a lovely range of foliage, berries, ribbons and ornaments to create your own unique Christmas wreath to proudly display. Knightor Winery is near St Austell and is a 40-minute drive from Rock. 

Knightor Winery Wreath Making Workshop

If you are looking for the perfect festive property to experience Christmas in Cornwall take a look at our top 10 properties for the festive period.

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