12 Oct Make Magical Memories in Cornwall this Christmas
There’s a perfect family Christmas destination much closer to home, right here in magical Cornwall!
We can’t promise you a white Christmas, as we see snowflakes falling less than we see Santa! However, what Cornwall brings in Christmas cheer, is more magical and memorable than any amount of snow.
Nothing can conjure up a more festive, feel-good, Christmassy vibe than the sparkling lights around our Cornish harbour towns and cosy pubs along the coast. As well as merry and joyful attractions for all ages. Local craft and food markets, lantern parades, themed rides, and activities will get everyone in the Christmas spirit.
Based in the Cornish countryside and just a short distance from all the best beaches and attractions, Atlantic Reach Resort is the perfect place for your family Christmas. Spend your days out exploring the festive fun and choose one of our colourful cottages to make your home from home. The kitchen in your self-catered property has all the equipment you need to cook a roast dinner – you’ll also find a number of excellent places to eat nearby.
With so many festivities and activities to enjoy, we’ve highlighted a few not-to-be-missed experiences that the whole family will treasure. #onlyincornwall
Meeting the big man – not your typical garden centre grotto!
★ Lappa Valley: All aboard a nostalgic train journey through the winter countryside into Lappa Valley! Meet Father Christmas and his team of elves in his very special grotto, where they have a present for every child. There’s also soft play at the Engine Shed, rides on the Woodland Railway, an adventure golf course and musical walk, plus your little ones can write
and post their letter to Father Christmas (so one less thing for you to post!): Discover more and book your tickets here: https://www.lappavalley.co.uk/events/christmas-at-lappa-valley/
★ Bodmin Santa by Steam: Gives you the magical experience of riding on the train with Santa and his elves all the way to Bodmin Parkway and back again! Listen to Santa jingling away as he walks through the coach chatting, eating mince pies and gifting presents. Your kids can fill out their activity sheets and wish lists on the train as you wait for Santa and his elves to greet you. The fun continues back at the station, with Christmas-themed arts and crafts activities: There’s also ‘storytime with Santa’ and ‘High Tea with Santa’ sessions available…Find out more here: https://bodminrailway.co.uk/things-to-do/santa-specials-2023/
Little ones will never forget an animal or nature-loving visit.
★ Newquay Zoo: Treat your family to a truly unforgettable experience with breakfast or tea with Santa at Newquay Zoo! If meeting the big magical man himself wasn’t deliriously exciting enough for your little ones, imagine that moment, surrounded by the sights and sounds of hundreds of incredible, exotic creatures! Definitely one for the family bucket list – Visit their website here: https://www.newquayzoo.org.uk/wild-events/events/
★ The Lost Gardens of Heligan: Explore the magical gardens, stop off in The Northern Summerhouse to write your letter to Father Christmas, and receive the warmest welcome with music, Christmas crackers, festive crafts, plus complimentary toasted marshmallows to toast over the warming fire. The Head elf will escort you to meet Father Christmas and each child receives a small traditional present! Book your special Santa visit here: https://www.heligan.com/events/events-at-heligan/father-christmas-at-the-lost-gardens/
★Eden Project Ice skating: For a more active family Christmas experience, nothing beats the festive thrill and exhilaration of Ice Skating! Especially when it’s part of an awe-inspiring adventure at the world-famous Eden Project. Lace-up your skates and enjoy spinning (and stumbling!) around the glittering ice rink, with sessions for all ages and abilities, including ice play for toddlers and special sessions for families. Find out more here: https://www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/ice-skating
Get your winter wonderland fix
★Charlestown’s dazzling Tunnel of Lights: Wander through the cosy world of Christmas joy and festive fun as the entire Shipwreck Treasure Museum is transformed into the ultimate jolly holiday experience. The Tunnel of Lights is filled to the brim with fun for the whole family! Step into their BRRR-illiant Snow Globe, treat yourself to a delicious festive treat and explore the immersive twinkling tunnels covered in hundreds of thousands of luminous lights. There’s a rumour Santa himself will be visiting this year so you may just bump into him on your way around … Book your unforgettable family experience here: https://www.shipwreckcharlestown.co.uk/tunnel-of-lights-this-is-christmas/
For something a bit more traditional
★We can also always rely on our neighbours, the infamous surf town of Newquay, to bring a warm glow to Christmas with their annual ‘switching on the lights’ and lantern parade. It will certainly warm your cockles, bring on the Christmas cheer and make everyone feel merry and bright!
And finally….for ‘foodie’ families the Christmas Markets
★Padstow Christmas Festival – Cornwall’s largest Christmas festival, taking place from 7th – 10th December, is a magnet for Masterchefs, foodies and festive spirit. Where the popular and picturesque town of Padstow comes alive with celebrity chefs, culinary delights and non-stop excitement and entertainment. Enjoy unforgettable festive fun for all the family including chef demos, shopping, music, art, craft and feasts to suit every age and palate. Discover more here: https://www.padstowchristmasfestival.co.uk/
Cornwall really is the place to be at Christmas, so make all your family’s Christmases come at once by booking your festive holiday in Cornwall with us today: https://bookings.campmanager.com/23741/Check-Availability/