When you leave one of our cosy coastal pubs and brace yourself against a howling sea breeze, and feel warm and toasty inside after an evening spent in the warm glow of the fire, and with loved ones around you. When you visit one of the many Christmas markets brimmed full of artists’ creations making perfect Christmas presents. That’s when you realise spending time in Cornwall is special whenever you visit.
So cast away your memories of the sandy beaches drenched in sun, with a Cornish ice cream. Wrap up warm, enjoy the sometimes stormy climes and sunshine in between, to explore Cornwall at Christmas. Cornwall in the Autumn and Winter months is a spectacular, festive and unique experience. Not only are the autumn leaves and winter sunsets a beautiful sight to see, but the atmosphere, festivities and events add colour and occasion wherever you go.
Leading up to Christmas, Cornwall is transformed into a festive paradise of Christmas markets, glistening lights, cosy pubs and quirky late night Christmas shopping. So, break away again to stay at Newquay View Resort – hidden in the Valley’s of Porth. Here are our top picks of things to do in December.
1. Newquay Christmas Market
A huge annual event, and near to our resort in Newquay, the town’s Christmas Market will truly get you into the festive spirit. Buy this year’s presents from the incredibly talented and creative local producers, artists and craftsmen on the first three Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays of December. While you’re there, Santa will also be paying children a visit at his Grotto. Find out more here.
2. Lights up!
All across Cornwall, towns and villages will be switching on their Christmas lights to illuminate their home and the festive season. See a procession of dazzling lanterns at Truro City of Lights on the 18th of November, or visit Mousehole for its 52nd Annual Harbour Christmas Light Switch On.
3. Winter walks
Pack your warmest winter coat, a snuggly hat and a pair of fluffy gloves for some stunning winter walks around Cornwall. From woodland trails to coastal paths, Cornwall is a favourite for avid walkers. During winter have free reign with your dog on Cornwall’s stunning beaches and experience some of the most breath taking sunsets of the whole year over the sea. All three of our resorts are in prime locations for exciting winter walks where you can explore new wildlife and witness incredible views. So put your woolly socks and walking boots on, and get walking!
4. Christmas feasts
What better way to warm your cockles than with a delicious hot meal? Cornwall is home to an abundance of incredible restaurants, chefs and food producers. Expect the freshest ingredients, from farm to fork, and mouth watering combinations of flavours at many to restaurants, old pubs and quaint cafes across the county. Take a look at our Top 10 Places To Eat In Newquay and Top Ten Places To Eat In Bude for our local’s guide to the tastiest of locations.
5. Christmas shopping
Like Newquay Christmas market, during December there are an array of fantastic Christmas markets across Cornwall, as well as late night shopping alongside the many Christmas light up events. Cornwall is also home to some of the very best shops in the UK, with artistic creators and small businesses selling unique and timeless gifts that your friends and family won’t forget. Why not try St Ives for artistic creations, Looe for crafts and gift, Truro for high street brands and Falmouth for unique sellers.