Christmas in Cornwall – What’s on this December?

Christmas is once again upon us and many people from far and wide choose to spend the Festive season with us. After all, is there more appealing setting for your celebrations than a Cornish Christmas?

Many wonder what can be expected in if you choose to stay in Cornwall over the holiday period, with our charming region most known for it’s sub-tropical climate, scenery and beaches.

If you’re one of those people, you’ll love our guide on what to expect in Cornwall this Christmas; whether you’re just enjoying the festive menu in our fine dining restaurant, or you’re spending a little bit of Christmas in our luxurious Cornish hotel – here’s what will be at your doorstep.

Penzance Illuminations – December to January 

When you can’t walk the streets of Penzance in warm sunlight, the red and green glow of the Illuminations is a fine substitute indeed. No matter where you walk in the area, your evenings will be just that little bit brighter, with the High Street and surrounding areas a particular highlight.


Montol Festival – 1st – 21st December

A culture all of it’s own, come and experience the traditional side of a Cornish Christmas at the Penzance Montol festival. Based on the historic festivals of Midwinter and Nadelik native to Penzance, you’ll be able to see lantern parades, dancing, markets and the traditional ‘lighting of the Mock’ up until Montol Eve on the 21st of December.


Tom Bawcock’s Eve – 23rd December 

You might have to venture a little out of town for this one, but if you’re after a traditional celebration that you won’t find anywhere else beside Cornwall, the trip to Mousehole is a small trip to make.

Facing starvation after a rough winter, Mousehole was saved by local fisherman Tom Bawcock who braved the seas to bring back enough fish to feed the entire town. His catch was made into the Star Gazey Pie Mousehole is now famous for. Tom’s courage is well-remembered on Tom Bawcock’s Eve, where The Ship in replicates that pie and offers it up free to villagers and visitors alike who enjoy an evening of choirs, lantern processions and more.

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