‘Tis the season to shop! Lucky for us, Cornwall this Christmas is bustling with festive markets absolutely brimming with mulled wine, mince pies and that little something special for this year’s Christmas stockings. So pass up the stuffy indoor department store for these magical Cornish markets.
Padstow Christmas Festival
Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th December
One of the UK’s largest Christmas festivals, attracting over 40,000 visitors each year, the Padstow Christmas Festival brings together chefs, local food producers and crafts-folk to celebrate Christmas in Padstow’s captivating waterside setting. This weekend is jam-packed with family entertainment, including fireworks, a lantern parade, Santa fun run, live music, chef demonstrations, Christmas workshops and more. An absolute must for foodies.
Photographer: James Ram
Fowey Christmas Market
Friday 4th – Sunday 6th December
The beautiful seaside town of Fowey, for its 11th year, will be hosting a weekend of festivities for their annual Christmas Market. Go on a seasonal shopping spree inside the marquees filled with an eclectic range of Cornish gifts, pay a visit to Father Christmas and witness the wonderful lantern procession.
Looe Gets Festive
Friday 9th – Sunday 11th December
Welcome in the festive season with a whole weekend of events in Looe. Christmas lights, lanterns and paper sculptures on the 4th, Santa and his friends arrive on the 5th and on the 6th massed Santas will be racing from West to East Looe in a rush of red and white. Also, enjoy the Quayside Christmas market in West Looe.
Krowji Open Studios
Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th December
Krowji, a creative arts space based in Redruth, and home to the myCornwall offices, will be opening its doors to visitors for its annual Open Studios. Get a sneak peak at the work of some of Cornwall’s most creative people and shop for this year’s Christmas present in this fantastic celebration of Cornish arts and culture.
Helston Christmas Craft Fayre
Saturday 3th – Sunday 4th December
Flambards will be hosting its first Christmas Craft Fayre this year featuring around 50 crafters and businesses and their wares. Set within the cobbled streets of the indoor Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz, shop the festival stalls and get a picture with Father Christmas and his elves.
£1 entry, free parking.
Nadelik – A Cornish Christmas
Pendennis Castle, Falmouth
Saturday 3rd – Sunday 4th December, 11am-4pm
Enjoy Christmas the Cornish way at Pendennis Castle with fireside tales, traditional dancing, mulled wine, mince pies, carol singing and crafts in the castle Keep.
Adults £7.50, concession £6.80, children £4.50
Truro Victorian Christmas Market
Tuesday 13th – Sunday 18th December
This six day market brings Truro’s centre alive each Christmas, with traders, producers and exhibitors. Enter the food hall, with quality meat, cheese, chocolates, preserves, liquers, ales, and the Arts, Crafts and Gifts Hall for unique jewellery, clothing, art, pottery, books and more. Get to know the traders, their process of production and buy a present to put underneath this year’s Christmas tree.
Find out more about the event and opening times here.
Outlaw Christmas Market
Thursday 8th – Saturday 11th December
Following a successful first year, Outlaw Christmas Market returns to the centre of Falmouth this December, showcasing the very best craft, gift and food & drinks producers from Cornwall and beyond. The market is a perfect place to pick up unique Christmas gifts and see the wealth of skilful designers and makers in Cornwall, listen to live music and take a bite of delicious street food. There will be late night shopping on the Thursday and a Santa Fun Run on Saturday beginning and ending on the Moor.
Photographer: Mike Newman
Wadebridge Christmas Weekend
Friday 9th – Saturday 10th December
Two days of Christmas shopping and fun in the Cornish town of Wadebridge! Expect craft markets, Santa arriving by steam train, a samba band, choirs, town brass band, rides and fireworks. More info here.
Jubilee Wharf Christmas Fair
Saturday 12th, 10am-6pm – Sunday 13th December, 11am-4pm
The Jubilee Wharf Christmas Fair is over 30 stalls inside and outside selling unique Christmas gifts and locally-made crafts, as well as food and drink from Miss Peapod’s Café and the Alpine Bar.
Heartlands Christmas Market Weekend
Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th December, 11am-4pm
Visit the Heartlands in Redruth for a weekend of local crafts and produce set in the stunning surroundings of Heartlands. There will be 50 stalls for you to peruse as well as refreshments, children’s entertainment and activities.
Free entry and parking.
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Featured photo Copyright James Ram