The best Christmas markets and events happening in Cornwall this year
PUBLISHED: 13:45 11 December 2019 | UPDATED: 10:12 06 August 2020
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From festive light switch-ons and Santa’s Grottos, to Victorian Christmas Fayres and late-night shopping, we’ve covered what’s happening in Cornwall for Christmas 2019
Buying Christmas gifts, food and drink from local businesses is a great way to support the Cornish economy… and, at this time of year, it can be fun too!
27 November-1 December
Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair
Truro is an ancient market town and it's fitting that Lemon Quay should be the location for one of the biggest Christmas fairs in the county where goods have the extra seal of approval for being 'Made in Cornwall'.
The Made in Cornwall Scheme was set up over 25 years ago to help people recognise a whole range of genuine Cornish products, identified by the familiar engine house icon. There are now over 200 members making it the largest region origin scheme in the UK.
An impressive selection of Cornish crafts and food will be for sale from hand-crafted wall hangings, jigsaw puzzles, candles, pottery, calendars, clothing, hand-made chocolates, preserves and local ales.
Falmouth Festive Events
From a live nativity parade, a Christmas Tree Festival and ice rink and Santa Fun Run, Falmouth holds a month-long festive event including late night shopping.
Trelissick Christmas Craft Fair
With the piano in the drawing room playing Christmas carols, a log fire crackling in the impressive fireplaces and the opportunity for tea and cake, Trelissick is a lovely place to get in the Christmas spirit. The annual craft fair is the perfect opportunity to pick up a handmade gift made by the Trelissick staff and volunteers. The fair is open 10.30am until 4.30pm.
Don't miss Trelissick's winding pathways illuminated with Christmas lights, an audience with Father Christmas in the stables and his reindeer.
Bude Christmas fayre
This is the 10th anniversary of the Christmas Fayre, which is held in the Parkhouse Centre and the Castle in Bude and entry is free.
The Parkhouse Centre will be the marketplace hub, full of stalls to browse from a range of local businesses. It will also host live entertainment all day from local choirs and musicians singing carols and festive songs.
The castle will be focused on family fun - home to Santa and his grotto, with free Christmas workshops and storytelling for children. Festive food and drink will be available all day and the event is 11am-4pm. visitbude.info
20 November - 1 December
Dickensian Christmas Craft Fayre
Step back in time in the Victorian Village at Flambards near Helston for a Dickensian Christmas and discover craft stalls, sample local treats and enjoy a drink among the authentic 19th Century installations including a milliners, butchers and sweet shop among many others.
Back for its fifth year, this is a festive and family-friendly event with entertainment from Helston Town band with a Christmas Carol sing-a-long. Visitors can also explore the rest of Flambards Indoor Attractions including the dramatic re-creation of a London street during wartime Britain.
Entry to Flambards during the weekend is £1 per person.
Padstow Christmas Festival
This star-studded event combines top chefs, a Christmas market, live music and community events, topping it all off with a spectacular fireworks display. Over the four days of the festival, you can see chefs in two demonstration theatres including local heroes Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw alongside Atul Kochhar, the first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star, José Pizarro, Glynn Purnell and Phil Vickery. "It is a great example of what Cornwall has to offer," says Rick Stein. "From some of our most successful local food producers to the fine chefs who have chosen Cornwall as a great place to live and work. We are lucky to have access to some of the best ingredients right here, on our doorstep."
The festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the picturesque fishing town of Padstow which comes alive with cookery demonstrations, culinary hints and tips, Christmas shopping, and a smorgasbord of food and drink. The popular Christmas Market will house a diverse range of crafts, gifts and artwork as well as more than 100 local food and drinks providers ranging from artisan bread, cakes, chocolate, meats, cheeses, preserves and alcoholic beverages. The Santa Fun Run raises money for good causes.
Fowey Christmas Market
More than 10,000 people enjoy this event in Fowey which is packed with quality locally produced food and drink and festive gifts. Traders are hand-picked by the organisers for their quality and you will find a great collection of handmade, locally produced gifts, arts and craft as well as some of the county's finest locally produced food and beverages. The market runs alongside Fowey's famous boutique shops selling a wide range of jewellery, clothes, gifts and unique items. There's late night opening on the Friday and it's open from 10am for the rest of the weekend.
Heligan Christmas Fair
More than 100 artisan makers will take part in the Christmas Fair at Heligan, which is a splendid sight in winter after the bounty of autumn. Some of the best local producers, artisans, creators and makers, producing unique food and drink, jewellery, art, ceramics and more, will be on hand to showcase their wares alongside live music. There will be mulled wine and delicious seasonal treats from the Heligan kitchen.
Entry is free to Heligan Members, £1 for Local Pass holders and £2 for everyone else.
Mount Edgcumbe Christmas Fayre
This is the 16th year for the Christmas Fayre at beautiful Mount Edgcumbe on the Rame Peninsula in South East Cornwall. It starts at 10am on both days and there will be cookery demonstrations lots of local food and drink and craft and gift stalls with live entertainment. There's also the chance to explore the parkland and the permanent craft workshops in the Barrow Centre. Admission is £3 (children £1). mountedgcumbe.gov.uk
Wadebridge Christmas Weekend
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. A festive firework display completes the brilliant weekend.u