With Christmas just six weeks away - seriously! - there's no better way to get into the festive spirit than by visiting a Christmas market. And if you're looking for a truly magical experience, Cornwall is the place to be. With its picturesque landscapes, charming towns, and warm hospitality, the county offers a unique setting for Christmas markets that will leave you feeling merry and bright. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the biggest Christmas markets in Cornwall and what makes them so special.
Eden Project Christmas Fair
22/23 November 2023
Step into a winter wonderland at the Eden Project's Christmas Fair. This iconic attraction transforms into a festive paradise, with twinkling lights, ice skating, and a bustling market. Explore the stalls selling unique gifts, local produce, and handmade crafts. And don't miss the chance to visit the famous biomes, where you can escape the winter chill and immerse yourself in tropical climates.
Padstow Christmas Festival
7-10 December 2023
If you're a foodie, the Padstow Christmas Festival is not to be missed. This four-day event showcases the best of Cornwall's culinary scene, with top chefs, food stalls, and cooking demonstrations. From fresh seafood to traditional Cornish pasties, you'll find a wide variety of mouthwatering dishes to satisfy your taste buds. And with live music and entertainment, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
Fowey Christmas Market
8-10 December 2023
For a truly enchanting experience, head to our charming town of Fowey for its annual Christmas market. Set against the backdrop of the Fowey Estuary, the market offers stunning views and a truly festive atmosphere. Browse through the stalls selling local crafts, artwork and festive decorations. Take a stroll along the waterfront and enjoy the twinkling lights reflecting on the water. Be sure to drop into Any Old Vintage, a two-minute walk from the main marquee, just up Lostwithiel Street. We're perfect for Xmas gifts for the whole family, we're independent, and we sell only quality vintage.
PS The image shows our daughter meeting Santa at the 2015 Fowey Christmas Market. Loving Rudolph's eyes.
Mousehole Christmas Lights
11 December 2023 - 6 January 2024
While not technically a market, the Mousehole Christmas Lights in West Cornwall are a must-see during the holiday season. This small fishing village comes alive with a spectacular display of lights, illuminating the harbor and creating a magical ambiance. Take a leisurely walk through the village and marvel at the intricate light displays. And if you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of Santa Claus!
Truro Winter Gift Fayre
The Truro Winter Gift Fayre, held in the heart of Cornwall's capital city, was cancelled last year and sadly this year's market looks again to be in doubt. Fingers crossed, it goes ahead, as the market is a treasure trove of unique gifts, handmade crafts, and delicious food and drink. With over 80 stalls to explore, you'd be sure to find the perfect presents for your loved ones.
Whether you're searching for the perfect gift, craving delicious food, or simply want to soak up the festive atmosphere, Cornwall's Christmas markets have it all. Plan your visit to these magical markets and make this holiday season one to remember.