The season of the traditional Christmas market can't be beaten, especially in Cornwall. The region celebrates spectacular winter festivities, and many towns host a variety of events: from festivals to markets and fairs featuring the best in locally made gifts and scrumptious food. Each location has a different experience with town and village traditions shining through each event.
Locals and visitors relish this brilliant community atmosphere - and we've picked our top Christmas markets in Cornwall to help you get in the festive mood:
Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair, Truro
With the backdrop of Truro's majestic cathedral, the Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair is one of the biggest festive events in Cornwall. More than 90 local traders, each awarded Made in Cornwall status, will be gathering on the piazza to sell handmade gifts, food and drink which cannot be found anywhere else. This is the perfect place to stock up and bring back some unique souvenirs and Christmas gifts.
When: 27th November - 1st December 2019
Where: Lemon Quay Piazza, Truro
Stay: Truro cottages
With a number of events taking place throughout Padstow's town centre, this Christmas Festival is far more than just a market. See a host of top chefs cook up a storm in a series of demonstrations, put on your trainers and join in with the Santa fun run, walk through a dazzling display of Christmas lights and take the kids to see Father Christmas in his grotto. Once you've seen what the rest of the festival has to offer, head to the markets to browse a series of pop-up stalls and buy some great gifts from a host of food, drink and craft producers.
When: 5th-9th December 2019
Where: Around Padstow Harbour, Padstow
Stay: Padstow cottages
Set in the quaint harbour town of Fowey, this Christmas market provides a massive selection of more than 100 traders to choose from. Whether you are looking for that special gift or want to try some local produce, there is something for everyone to indulge in this Christmas. The market opens with a Father Christmas and Lantern Parade through the town, and you can enjoy live music on each day whilst wandering the many sellers for unique trinkets.
When: 6th-8th December 2019
Where: Town centre, Fowey
Stay: Fowey cottages
The Eden Project always has a spectacular array of activities throughout the year and this should be no exception - join in the fun with a plentiful assortment of festive fun, perfect for the whole family. Experience a winter wonderland in the famous Eden biomes and meet Father Christmas, also grab your skates for a glide on their ice rink. Other fantastic activities include craft workshops, traditional music and lots of tasty food to indulge in.
When: 2019 dates TBC
Where: Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall
Stay: St Austell cottages
Hosted at the town's castle for an even more magical setting, this Christmas fair is a wonderful place to stock up on a variety of festive goods. With a marquee as well as two castle rooms packed with stalls, there's plenty to browse here, and you can even pick up a mince pie and some hot chocolate or a mulled wine while you shop.
When: 2019 dates TBC
Where: The Castle, The Wharf, Bude
Stay: Bude cottages
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Christmas markets in Cornwall are some of the best in the UK, each boasting a fabulous and unique variety of activities, music and stalls to shop. Looking to discover these festive events for yourself? Pair it with a Christmas in Cornwall for an unforgettable festive holiday - find somewhere special to stay in Cornwall this Christmas with our range of cottages!