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Cornwall at Christmas
Winter is the perfect time to explore Cornwall. The crowds have gone home and you're free to enjoy the crisp clean air and spectacular views in peace.
During your stay, get yourself down onto Mawgan Porth beach, take off your shoes and socks and wiggle your toes in the sand….this is grounding at its best.
Walk off any festive indulgence in the Scarlet Restaurant by exploring the coastpath outside your door.
Put your skates on and enjoy the new outdoor ice rink in Truro, or the indoor one at Eden - you won't forget the spectacular sight of the biomes lit up like Christmas trees at night.
Enjoy late night shopping in Truro every Wednesday in December (5th, 12th and 19th until 9pm) - complete with entertainers, brass bands, carol singers and the festive smell of mulled wine and hot chestnuts.
Truro hosts an eclectic mix of both independent retailers and popular high street names. From toyshops to fashion boutiques, and delicatessens to wine merchants, Truro is the perfect place to find special Christmas gifts for the whole family.
There is a wide selection of markets in Truro, with two permanent indoor markets and additional food and craft markets held during the festive season. The Pannier Market with its traditional stores and the Lemon Street Market with its art gallery, shops and cafes are fabulously festive places to linger.
Great for hunting out gifts guaranteed to wow your family and friends are:
• Fowey Christmas Market on December 1st - 2nd
• Padstow Christmas Festival on December 7th - 9th
• Truro’s Sunday Special Market at Lemon Quay on December 2nd
• Truro's Victorian Market on 12th-16th December
• Truro’s Last Chance Market December 21st & 22nd
Events & Activities
Cornwall’s only open-air ice rink is tucked away just behind Truro Cathedral. The rink is open everyday from November 28th 2012 to January 6th 2013 except Christmas Day.
Truro’s Big Christmas Sing
Friday, December 7th from 7.30pm
Sing your favourite carols for the sheer joy of it. Free, with a collection for Christian Aid.
Three Spires Singers Christmas Concert
Saturday December 8th from 7.30pm
Features Handel’s The Messiah. Christmas concert, tickets from Hall for Cornwall 01872 262466.
From Darkness to Light
Truro Cathedral Sunday December 9th from 6pm
A magical Advent Carol Service with the Cathedral Choir celebrating the light of Christ.
Carols By Candlelight
Hall for Cornwall
Saturday December 1st from 7.30pm In lavish period costume in an evocative candlelit setting, the charismatic Locrian Ensemble performs favourite carols, string medleys of familiar Christmas tunes and seasonal surprises. Tickets, £16 to £20 (concessions available) & family pack £62. 01872 262466.