Christmas markets in Cornwall

PUBLISHED: 11:47 22 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:59 22 November 2017

Christmas Market by 1000 Words, Shutterstock

Christmas Market by 1000 Words, Shutterstock


From festive light switch-ons and Santa’s Grottos, to Victorian Christmas Fayres and late-night shopping, we’ve covered what’s on in Cornwall this festive season

Fowey Christmas Market, November 24 – 26

This year’s line up includes a lantern parade, live performances from a Samba band and old style crooner Andy Marshall, a Christmas jumper competition and the annual festive light switch on. That’s not forgetting the usual mulled wine, hog roast and array of craft stalls to explore.

Hayle Christmas Market, November 25 – 26

Taking place on South Quay, Hayle, this year’s Christmas market will have thirty market stalls selling anything from Cornish homemade gifts and crafts, to mulled wine, roast turkey baps and even a horsebox bar. The market will be open 11am – 6pm each day.

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Made in Cornwall Christmas Market, November 29 – December 3

The market will be held at Truro’s Lemon Quay Piazza and over 90 traders will be attending. From candles and pottery, to clothes, chocolates and ale, all products sold at the fair are 100% Made in Cornwall.

Etsy Made Local Christmas Fair, St Ives, December 1-3

41 stallholders who are all Cornish designers, artisans and makers with shops on, will be selling their unique, high quality products over the course of three days. The fair is open 6pm to 9pm on December 1 with late night shopping, live music and a cocktail bar. The fair will then be open 10am to 5pm on December 2 and 3 with a festive pop up café.

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Healey’s Cyder Farm Christmas Craft Fayre, Penhallow, December 2-3

For an authentic Cornish farm Christmas experience Healey’s Cyder Farm is hosting its first European-style Christmas Craft Fayre. A perfect festive fun day out for all the family, including doggies. Entry and parking are totally free and it’s open from 10am until 4pm. From jewellery and ceramics to stationery, decorations and homewares, the fayre will have a range of unique, and beautifully crafted, gifts available to suit all tastes and budgets. Foodies can build a bespoke hamper filled with Cornish cyders, juices, jams, chutneys and sauces, all made onsite at the farm.

Super Saturday, St Ives, December 2

Festive magic in St Ives begins when Father Christmas arrives in the harbour via boat to greet children at the Winter Wonderland Grotto. The centre of town will be closed to traffic to allow shoppers free reign of St Ives and there will also be a Town Treasure Hunt and Shop Window Display competition.

Flambards Christmas Craft Fayre, December 2 – 3

Explore a number of stores selling a selection of festive gifts and treats whilst listening to live Christmas carols and songs performed by the Helston Town Band, Santa will be on hand all weekend for meet and greets and entrance to the fayre is just £1 per person. The event will be open 10am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday.

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Trevena Cross Christmas Festival & Market, Breage, December 2 – 3, 9 – 10, 16 – 17

This year, Trevena Cross will be raising thousands of pounds for charity with a Santa’s Grotto, a Christmas market, a giant snow globe complete with snow machine, a Christmas Tree Forest and live music. The market is free to enter and in addition to the opening dates mentioned above, the grotto will also be open on the first three Thursday evenings of December until 8pm.

Padstow Christmas Festival December 7 – 10

With a number of demonstrations from top local chefs (including Rick Stein, Nathan Outlaw and Paul Ainsworth) and a range of stalls selling food and drink treats, this year’s Padstow Christmas Festival is not to be missed. The Santa Fun Run & Cycle will also return to Padstow this Christmas, when Santas run or cycle the camel trail from Wadebridge.

Newquay Christmas Market, December 9 – 10

This year, Newquay will be holding a Christmas Market and Santa's Grotto at the Killacourt and Band Stand on 9 December. The market will be running from 10am - 6pm and will sell homemade Christmas decorations and cards, bunting, art, jewellery and sweet treats. Market goers can also enjoy a host of live music throughout the day from carol singers and choirs. The market closes at 6pm and then will reopen at 7pm for an evening of live entertainment and a bar. This will be open until 11pm.

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Mount Edgecumbe Christmas Fayre, Cremyll, December 9 – 10

Mount Edgecumbe’s Christmas Fayre is back for the thirteenth year and 2017’s line-up looks to be one of the best yet. Expect cookery demonstrations, Christmas carols, crafts and gifts, Santa’s grotto, and much more. The fayre will be open on Saturday 9 December, 10am – 5pm, and on Sunday 10 December, 10am – 4pm. Tickets are £3 for adults and £1 for children.

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Wadebridge Christmas Weekend, December 15 – 17

Christmas comes early to Wadebridge as shoppers can enjoy late-night shopping, free parking at the Co-op from 4pm, performances from choirs and the town brass band, a craft fair in the town hall and a Santa’s grotto. That’s not forgetting the festive firework display to complete what’s set to be a brilliant weekend.

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