Cornwall in Winter – What’s On

Do you think of Cornwall as a bucket-and-spade summer destination? If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Cornwall in winter in one of our cosy cottages or luxury lodges you’ll find there’s plenty to keep you busy during the quieter months.

Soak up the magical atmosphere of a Cornish winter break! From local produce and craft fairs to lantern parades and Christmas festivals, as well as our many tourist attractions, we’re certain there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Christmas Shopping in Cornwall

Cornwall is full of amazing local food producers, talented artisans and creative craftspeople! Why not visit one of the many Christmas markets this winter to pick up some unique gifts for your loved ones whilst supporting our fabulous Cornish communities:

📷Fowey Christmas Market – Lee Searle

Shoppers at Fowey Christmas Market, Cornwall


Lights and Winter Festivals in Cornwall

Cornish folk know how to festival! Join in with traditions old and new and take home treasured memories of Cornwall in winter.

Newquay at Christmas

25th – 27th November 🚗 15 mins from Trevornick

Three days of festive fun with markets, music, food and drink and a visit from Santa! Local children lead a lantern procession through the town, for the Light Switch On, carols around the tree, and fireworks.

Check out the programme of events on Visit NQY

Father Christmas with two reindeer on the beach at Newquay, Cornwall

Montol Festival

Penzance – 21 December 🚗 48 mins from Trevornick

Although the Montol Festival is a fairly recent addition to the Cornish festive calendar it is actually a revival and combination of other ancient Cornish midwinter celebrations. Lanterns, costume and masks play a big part in this striking festival culminating in night time processions through the town.

Find out more Montol Festival – Winter Solstice in Penzance

Reveller in mask and costume at Montol mid winter Festival, Cornwall

Mousehole Lights

17th Dec – 6th January 🚗 59 mins from Trevornick

A spectacular Christmas lights attraction over the picturesque Mousehole harbour with over 60 displays drawing crowds from near and far. December 23rd sees the celebration of Tom Bawcock’s Eve, a local legend of Mousehole in memory of a heroic fisherman who saved the village from famine. We recommend the beautiful story The Mousehole Cat, by Antonia Barber if you don’t already know it!

Christmas lights at Mousehole Harbour, Cornwall

Things to do in Cornwall this Winter

Eden Project

Christmas at Eden sees the iconic biomes fabulously illuminated, as well as Father Christmas experiences for the little ones and ice skating for festive fun!

🚗 40 mins from Trevornick

Eden project illuminated biomes in winter, Cornwall


Every year at Christmas, the staff at this National Trust property create a spectacular 60 foot flower garland that hangs in The Great Hall. See Cotehele decorated in traditional Victorian style and enjoy performances from local choirs. Maybe you’ll even join the Wassail on 17th December to ward off evil spirits and ensure a bountiful harvest next year!

🚗 73 mins from Trevornick

Christmas flower garland at Cotehele Great Hall

Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway

For little ones, the Santa By Steam and Story Time With Santa on board the steam train will be a special experience to spark their imaginations! For the grown-ups, The Christmas Murder Mystery nights will have you living your best detective life as you unravel the clues and expose the murderer at the Steam Railway!

🚗 34 mins from Trevornick

Fathers Christmas' grotto at Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway, Cornwall


If you’re looking for the perfect spot for your winter escape Trevornick’s cosy cottages and luxury lodges are available throughout November and December for self-catering holidays in Cornwall.

Luxury lodge at Trevornick Christmas in Trevornick cottage


Let your holiday adventures begin...