Festive Things to do in Cornwall

From Christmas markets and firework displays to a 60-year-old harbour lights tradition, a stay at The Headland during the festive season gives visitors the perfect opportunity to make the most of all that Cornwall has to offer during the most wonderful time of the year.

Heligan Night Garden - A Magical Winter Experience

Explore the Lost Gardens of Heligan as dusk falls and enjoy the Night Garden experience, a journey through the iconic location’s magical garden trail, exploring woodlands and gardens beautifully lit with installations and lanterns.

Mousehole Harbour Christmas Lights

Starting in 1963, the Mousehole Harbour Lights have become famous in this corner of the world, with over 60 light displays illuminating the gorgeous seaside village, making it the perfect festive evening activity.

Padstow Christmas Festival

Returning to Padstow, the award-winning Christmas Festival brings together a selection of celebrity chefs such as Rick Stein and Phil Vickery for cooking demonstrations. There will also be live music, lantern parades and a firework display to spread the seasonal cheer.

Fowey Christmas Market

One of Cornwall’s most magical Christmas events includes Christmas shopping, seasonal music and a sumptuous array of locally-sourced food and drink.

Christmas at the Eden Project

Experience the magic of Christmas at the Eden Project’s biomes as the world-famous visitor attraction is transformed into a winter wonderland with light displays and Christmas fayres. From October 15, visitors also have the chance to ice skate at the magical site.


What better way to finish a busy festive day than retreating to the comfort of The Headland for a fireside cocktail in The Ballroom or a dip in the heated pools in The Spa or Aqua Club.

Image by Paul Watts, Visit Cornwall