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Embrace the festive spirit in North Cornwall at Christmas at these Christmas events!

A North Cornwall Christmas break is a fantastic idea, whether you’re a family with little ones or a couple seeking an escape. From steam train rides, to ice skating, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Relish the quieter streets brightly lit, and the near empty beaches in North Cornwall at Christmas. Meet Santa in his grotto at Newquay Zoo, or find him at the Eden Project with his elves.

Read on to discover some of the best North Cornwall Christmas events to visit this year…


North Cornwall Christmas Markets

Decoration at Christmas Cornwall market.


Port Isaac Community Farmers Christmas Market

The monthly Port Isaac Community Farmers Market is turning festive! This fantastic local market showcases local produce, baked goods and artisan crafts.

While you enjoy Christmas in Port Isaac, pick up some special and unique gifts, like some locally made spirits or cider.

When: Sunday 5th December

Where: Trewetha Lane, Port Isaac PL29 3RW

More information: Christmas Market event page


Tintagel Big Christmas Market

This North Cornwall Christmas event is hosted in Tintagel Social Hall, not far from the historic Tintagel Castle.

With over twenty quirky sellers, there’s a great range on offer. Find everything from locally-made honey, to fine silver jewellery.

When: Saturday 27th November

Where: Tintagel Social Hall

More information: Tintagel Big Christmas Market event page


Bude Christmas Castle Fayre

Another market makes its return to North Cornwall this Christmas.

Bude Christmas Castle Fayre has reduced the number of stalls in the Parkhouse Centre. This is to allow for more spacing, so some stalls have moved outside.

You can still find a great selection of products and gifts for loved ones from local sellers.

When: Sunday 5th December

Where: The Castle, Bude

More information: The Castle, Bude website https://www.thecastlebude.co.uk/events/


The Enchanted Christmas Market, Wadebridge

Watch Christmas come alive in Wadebridge!

This amazing Christmas event takes place in the Royal Cornwall Events Centre. Taking place over two long weekends, Enchanted Christmas Market has all things Christmas!

Book a fun ice skating session at the pop-up ice rink, or watch your little ones eyes light up when they meet Santa!

There’s a range of stalls from local traders and businesses too, so you can find some beautiful gifts.

Catch sight of the giant polar bears 3 metres tall strolling around the venue, and meet reindeer!

When: Friday 10th – Sunday 12th December, Thursday 16th – Sunday 19th December

Where: Royal Cornwall Events Centre, Wadebridge

More information: Enchanted Christmas Market website


Meet Santa in North Cornwall at Christmas

Father Christmas meeting a young boy.


Meet Santa at Newquay Zoo

Santa is making a few pit stops in North Cornwall at Christmas!

Find Santa at Newquay Zoo in his special grotto in December, because animals need Christmas presents too!

Children can meet Santa and receive a gift from the man himself, before attending a reindeer food workshop.

When: Saturday 18th – Friday 24th December

Where: Newquay Zoo

More information: Newquay Zoo website


Santa Special Bodmin & Wenford Railway Trains

Adventure down to Bodmin on your North Cornwall Christmas holiday this year to enjoy a festive journey back in time!

The Santa Special trains have returned to Bodmin & Wenford Railway.

Embark on a scenic journey on a vintage steam train whilst children write their list to Santa before returning to the station.

Find Santa in his special Victorian Christmas coach and see each child receive a gift.

When: Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th, Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th, Friday 17th – Friday 24th December

Where: Bodmin General Station

More information: Bodmin and Wenford Railway website


Cornwall Christmas Events


Christmas at the Eden Project

Within easy reach of North Cornwall is Christmas at the Eden Project!

Around 30 minutes away from Padstow, Eden Project is a fantastic attraction at any time of year, but it sparkles at Christmas.

Enjoy the magic of the twinkling Med Biome whilst enjoying the live Big Band play all your festive favourites.

You can even enhance your Christmas in Cornwall with some ice skating at Eden Project. Pick from two kinds of sessions; general skating and family fun skate, the latter ideal for those with little ones.

Father Christmas will be making a visit to Christmas at the Eden Project too! Children will discover how the reindeer fly and meet the elves and Santa.

When: Friday 3rd to Thursday 30th December

Where: Eden Project, Bodelva

More information: Christmas at the Eden Project, Ice Skating, Father Christmas at the Eden Project


Fancy a North Cornwall Christmas?

At John Bray Cornish Holidays, we have a host of wonderful properties available to choose from in prime locations.

From Polzeath to Padstow, and Port Isaac to Rock, you can find the perfect North Cornwall holiday home for you.


Enjoy some other activities during your North Cornwall Christmas. Adventure out on some stunning walks using our walking guides, or explore the secret coves of North Cornwall.

Make magical memories in North Cornwall at Christmas with John Bray Cornish Holidays.