Christmas is magical time of year, regardless of where you spend it. There seems to be a real sparkle in Cornwall this year that makes it an irresistible place to stay during Winter. If you get some time off during the festive season head down to Cornwall with your family; getting away for Christmas can be a perfect experience for many families, allowing for uninterrupted family bonding in a cosy villa.
Family holidays in Falmouth can be the perfect place to enjoy Christmas and the festivities in this beautiful town port. The huge array of events in the run-up to Christmas will ensure your children have a spectacular Christmas full of wonder and excitement. Falmouth begin their celebrations with the lantern decorations at the end of November, falling on the 27th November this year. (There’s nothing young kids love more than arts and crafts!) Kids will learn how to make their own willow withy lantern, which they can decorate with the help of an experienced artist. Your children can then become a part of the Falmouth Christmas Parade, with their lanterns, a couple of days after the workshop.
The Falmouth Christmas Parade will see Santa coming to town, who will greet children in his grotto. As the sun sets, the town will be lit up with the Christmas lights that are sprinkled across the town streets.
Falmouth, known as hub for artists, will host a market in the town centre where the best designers and artesian food producers will showcase their finest work. Make your way around the marquee, with a cheeky glass of mulled wine or a treat from the delicious street food vendors.
If you’re looking for a little bit of a giggle this Christmas, why not enter your family into the Santa’s Run held in Falmouth? Dress up as little Santa’s or elves and raise some money for Cornwall’s Hospice Care’s annual Santa Fun Run. Take the course at whatever pace you feel comfortable with, and choose from a one, two or three-mile route option. No need to order a costume in advance as you can hire a free one from the event organisers; although spaces can be limited so if this sounds like something you and your family would be interested in make sure you book in advance!
Movie magic is also bringing extra sparkle to Falmouth this year, with ‘Frozen at Falmouth’, that will see Disney’s Elsa and Anya princesses coming to town. Here you can sing the classic songs from the movie and hear magical stories, as well as letting your little princesses and princes can meet their idols! Or why not put on your best Christmas jumper and make your way to the Cornwall Film
Festival’s Christmas screenings on the Moor inside a spacious marquee? This years screenings include the classic Home Alone (PG), as well as the Gremlins (12A).
Falmouth is not the only place celebrating Christmas in a big style this year. Truro is a unique Christmas experience, with the town coming to life during this festive period that will get your family into the Christmas spirit. Every year Truro holds a festival called the ‘City of Lights’, with the beautiful Christmas lights being turned on which marks the start of their Christmas festivities. The parade is usually end towards the end of November, with a magical theme that will capture the imaginations of your little ones. This year’s theme is ‘tell me a story’, so if you’re lucky enough to be heading to Truro this year you’ll see the people of the parade to be dressed up as creatures and literary characters. Truro also has the festive market stalls, entertainers and carol singers you would expect to see at Christmas time.
The Christmas Farmers market is also a truly sensational experience, where market stallers dress up in period custom. The market coincides with the late night shopping in Truro so you can also get in some cheeky late night shopping sessions, during December, to get those last minute presents. The grand marque is full with local and unique craft gifts, for perfect little stocking fillers, and delicious Christmas treats to try. You can also fill your bags with the locally-reared meat, artisan cheeses and Cornish seafood, that the market is famous for; these are fantastic ingredients for some big hearty meals to treat your family to.
The food stalls include some of the most celebrated Cornish producers including the likes of The Cornish Duck Company, Primrose Herd, The Cornish Smokehouse and Cornish Mill. As well as brewer, wine-maker and distillers showcasing their wares- you are sure to be well stocked for Christmas.
Do you ever go away for Christmas?
Do you ever go away for Christmas?