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Our top reasons to visit the Padstow Christmas Festival

Running from 06 to 09 December, the Padstow Christmas Festival is a wonderfully festive event. Now in its 11th year the festival has grown to become a weekend full of live music, chef demonstrations and Cornwall's finest food and drink. Here we count down our top reasons to visit.

Padstow harbour in North Cornwall

The shopping

From the boutiques that line the harbour to the impressive festival marquee that houses a huge range of producers, the Padstow Christmas Festival is the perfect opportunity for Christmas shopping. Mingle with local companies such as Atlantic Blankets, Coast and Country Art and the Padstow Farm Shop (to name just a few) to find locally produced, unique Christmas gifts for your loved ones. 

Padstow shops during Padstow Christmas Festival
Food at Padstow Christmas Festival
Padstow shops

The chef demonstrations

From Rick Stein to Nathan Outlaw and Paul Ainsworth, the chef's theatre is the place to be if you want to catch all your favourite celebrity chef's as they demonstrate their delicious recipes. Gather round, take a seat and pick up some top tips from the professionals.

Chef demos at Padstow Christmas Festival Photo courtesy of the Padstow Christmas Festival
Rick Stein at Padstow Christmas Festival Photo courtesy of the Padstow Christmas Festival

The lantern parade

Taking place on the Friday evening, the lantern parade is a magical event. Watch as children march along the narrow streets with their homemade lanterns of all shapes and sizes bobbing and swaying as they go.

Lantern parade at Padstow Christmas Festival
Lantern parade at Padstow Christmas Festival
Lantern parade at Padstow Christmas Festival

The fireworks

Soak up the atmosphere of the crowds during the spectacular firework show taking place on Friday evening. The whole family will enjoy watching as the fireworks soar up in to the air and light up the winter night's sky as the colours reflect off the water. 

Fireworks at Padstow Christmas Festival
Fireworks at Padstow Christmas Festival
Fireworks at Padstow Christmas Festival

The food and drink

Make sure you head to the Padstow Christmas Festival on an empty stomach as there is a wide variety of delicious food and drink on offer. Amble your way around the marquee sampling and nibbling as you go. It's a great opportunity to meet the producers and learn about the fabulous local products. This year we recommend visiting the Cornish Sea Salt stand to pick up some Christmas gifts and heading to Freda's Peanut Butter to sample their delicious range.

Food at Padstow Christmas Festival
Food at Padstow Christmas Festival
Food at Padstow Christmas Festival Photo courtesy of the Padstow Christmas Festival

The Santa run

On Saturday the Santa fun run makes for entertaining viewing. Watch as a sea of red Santa's weave their way around the narrow streets of Padstow. There is also a Santa cycle taking in the scenic 8km Camel Trail route that runs from Wadebridge to Padstow. Both events are in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care. Visit the website to find out how to enter.

Santa run at Padstow Christmas Festival Photo courtesy of Cornwall Hospice Care
Santa cycle at Padstow Christmas Festival Photo courtesy of Cornwall Hospice Care

The music

Head to the band stand to enjoy an eclectic mix of music. From The Shipwrecks to the Coastal Belles, the music is sure to get everybody up, dancing and in the party spirit. For a more traditional set, be sure to catch the Bin Two Christmas Carols, which is sure to get you feeling festive. 

Music at the bandstand at Padstow Christmas Festival

The wine theatre

New this year, head to the wine theatre to learn all about pairing wine and food. There are talks from Trevibban Mill and Vineyard who are based on the slopes of the Issey Brook close to Padstow. Tarquin's Gin, Camel Valley and Cornish Orchards will also be there. The talks include wine and cheese pairing, specifically wine matching with Cornish lobster.

Trevibban Mill Vineyard & Orchards Photo courtesy of Trevibban Mill Vineyard & Orchards
Trevibban Mill Vineyard & Orchards Photo courtesy of Trevibban Mill Vineyard & Orchards

Take a look at the digital postcard from last year's Padstow Christmas Festival video to get a taste of what's in store.


Visit the Padstow Christmas Festival's website to view the full timetable. Whether you are planning a last-minute break this year or planning your holiday to coincide with next year's festival, we have a range of properties across the water from the festival in Rock. From here you can catch the Water Taxi across the estuary which makes the day even more special.

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