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What’s on – Christmas 2016 in Cornwall

Mousehole Christmas lights

Mousehole Harbour Lights

As Christmas approaches Cornwall comes to life with lantern parades and plenty of opportunities to buy seasonal produce and local crafts.


12th – 13th November

Cathedral City Markets Christmas Market
Food drink, arts and crafts to buy in the marquees at Lemon Quay which will be decorated with a ‘White Christmas’ theme.

19th November

St Austell Torchlight Carnival
Marking the start of winter, watch the carnival procession through the town from 6pm.

19th November

The Cornish Winter Fair
A celebration of farming and food at the Royal Cornwall Events Centre, Wadebridge.

23rd November

Truro City of Lights
Midwinter lantern festival in Truro.

25th November – 6th January

Christmas at Eden
Meet Father Christmas, enjoy magical storytelling, ice skating, seasonal food and a range of activities.

Eden Project ice rink

Ice rink at the Eden Project

26th November

St Austell Brewery Celtic Beer Festival
Over 130 ales, stouts and lagers served in the cellars of St Austell Brewery.


1st – 4th December

Padstow Christmas Festival
One of the best known Christmas festivals in Cornwall with plenty of food, entertainment and fireworks.

1st – 31st December

Christmas in Falmouth
A range of events such as Christmas light switch on, late night shopping and a Santa v Rudolph fun run.

3rd – 4th December

Trereife Christmas Fair
Stalls and crafts with entertainment from a brass band and choir plus a lantern parade.

7th December

Truro Primestock Show
Farming and fantastic food all in a marquee at Lemon Quay in Truro.

17th December

Mousehole Harbour Lights Switch On
Watch the famous Christmas light display being switched on at 7pm. Lights can then be viewed from 5 – 11pm until 7th January.

Padstow Christmas lights

Padstow Christmas Festival

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