What’s New at Cornwall’s Top Tourist Attractions for Christmas 2021

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Dress warmly and get ready to enjoy the magic of a Cornish Christmas at some of the area’s best-known attractions.

Ports, towns and villages will be lit up with twinkling lights, there are plenty of Christmas markets to choose from and many of our top tourist attractions will be hosting events that will really make you feel festive.

Produced in conjunction with the Cornwall Tourist Attractions Association, this roundup should be your guide to an ultimate feel-good Christmas season.

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Special Santa Claus trains return to Bodmin & Wenford Railway

Bodmin & Wenford Railway’s popular Christmas trains have made a return to the heritage steam railway, Cornwall’s only full-size railway still operated by steam locomotives.

Santa’s Special Trains operate annually from Bodmin & Wenford Railway and offer a unique steam train experience where families can travel with the elves to meet Santa in his grotto.

Back at the main train station, children can take part in Christmas-themed activities before going to visit Santa Claus in his unique Victorian carriage.

Each child will receive a gift and the chance to have their picture taken with Santa, so make sure they make the nice list this year.

The Cave Experience still has select availability from December 17-24 and must be pre-booked through their website.

Experience the magic of Christmas at the Eden Project

Don’t miss the magic of Christmas in Eden. Check out their shimmering Med Biome and get your fill of festive cheer with a Big Band playing all your seasonal favorites.

Walk through the enchanting rainforest which will be flooded with colorful lights and marvel at their beautiful illuminated waterfall.

Timed admission tickets for Christmas and beyond (until January 31) are on sale now. Plus, their glittering rink is available to book timed sessions from October 2021 through February 2022.

Learn more here.



The ice rink is back at the Eden Project ready for winter

Santa Claus visits the Lost Gardens of Heligan

Heligan’s team welcomes Santa Claus and his team of elves back to the Lost Gardens.

The Lost Gardens provide the most magical and perfect setting for a Christmas experience, especially for the annual visit to meet Santa Claus.

You and your family will then be greeted with music, Christmas cookies, festive crafts and complimentary marshmallows to roast over the fire before visiting the Man in Red himself.

Each child will be offered a small traditional children’s gift as a souvenir of their visit to Santa Claus.

Tickets to visit Santa Claus available from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., from December 18 to 24

Learn more here.

Heligan Night Garden

Heligan will also host its annual light show, Heligan Night Garden.

Enjoy an enchanting lantern experience amid the atmospheric Lost Gardens.

After last year’s event sold out, Heligan has expanded the experience to include additional dates for 2021/22. Explore the beautifully lit gardens with a variety of traditional paraffin lanterns and see a stunning display of flora and fauna lanterns, illuminated at Heligan’s beloved and iconic locations.

The experience will last until January 3 (excluding Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day.)

Learn more here.

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Lanterns and lights at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall

From beautifully lit ships to merry Makes and Takes and starry trails, Christmas at Falmouth Museum takes on the theme of lanterns and lights with a magical nautical twist.

Adorned with festive lights and twinkling stars, traditional wooden boats carry Christmas cheer. Using the flying flotilla, suspended from the ceiling of the museum, the boats are illuminated with subtle hues of ocean color and surrounded by bursts of twinkling stars.

Magical Make and Takes from December 18 to January 2, from noon to 3:30 p.m.

Learn more here.

Feel festive with the National Trust in Cornwall:

Father Christmas at the stables of Trelissick

Join Santa Claus as he returns to Trelissick to entertain families with his festive tales of the 12 Days of Christmas.

This year, the family group experience will involve Santa Claus sharing Christmas stories, inside the beautifully decorated stables.

Once he is done, all the children can collect a small gift.

Child ticket £6, adult ticket £2. Normal admission charges apply, free for National Trust members.

Pre-booking is essential for December 18 and 19 from 10:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (time slots can be booked throughout the day). Visit the website here Reserve.

Percy the Park Warden’s Winter Walking Trail in Trelissick

This winter, treat your little ones to a world of adventure in Trelissick on the Percy the Park Keeper Winter Walking Trail. Join in the fun with Percy and his animal friends and help nature out.

£2 per track. Normal admission charges apply, free for National Trust members.

December 4 to January 3 (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day), 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Christmas in Trerice

Warm up by the fireplace and let yourself be carried away by the festive spirit of the house decorated for Christmas. In the hayloft, help us decorate the Christmas tree by writing your wish for Christmas and the New Year on a paper star and then hanging it among the branches and lights.

Enjoy hot drinks, delicious pastries and festive treats in the barn’s tea room. The shop offers many gifts as well as a range of Christmas decorations and treats.

Similar to Trelissick, there is also a winter walking trail from Percy the Park Warden to Trerice.

December opening hours, from December 11 to December 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tunnel of Lights: Arctic Adventure at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum

Join an immersive icy adventure through the underground tunnels of the Shipwreck Treasure Museum as it transforms into a sparkling ice wonderland.

Follow in the footsteps of polar explorers as you discover glistening waterfalls, giant icebergs and frozen shipwrecks.

Building on the success of the hugely popular Tunnel of Lights in 2020, the event returns for the winter season with thousands of lights, atmospheric arctic soundscapes and a magical journey through a polar world.

From December 1 to January 9.

Learn more here.



Trebah Garden of Lights

This Christmas season, join a procession of magic lanterns on an intimate journey through Trebah to the fire-lit festivities on the beach.

Discover the garden at night; cruise the subtropical trails by the warm glow of your own homemade lantern and watch mesmerizing flames and reflections on the shore.

From December 4 to 11.

Learn more here.

Wheal Martyn Reindeer Trail and Community Christmas Trees

Explore the historic grounds and woodland trails of Wheal Martyn to spot our handcrafted antler reindeer, and inside, discover and vote for the best-dressed community Christmas tree in our Discovery Center.

This experience is included with normal museum admission/annual pass and will be available from now until December 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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