10 THINGS TO DO IN DECEMBER
1. More towns and villages around Cornwall are switching on their Christmas lights. Enjoy the Christmas Lights in your area. While you're out visiting Cornwall's illuminated towns and villages take the opportunity to buy some of your Christmas shopping and join in in some of the seasonal events on offer. Truro, Penzance, St Ives, Falmouth, St Austell and Penryn are offering late night shopping in the run up to Christmas. See details on our Christmas Lights page
2. Go for a walk, a cycle ride or a ride with your horse along one of Cornwall's multi-use trails or enjoy a lovely coastal walk (weather permitting). There are trails and walks in every area of Cornwall so choose one near you and have a great time. A perfect way to exercise away your Christmas Dinner. See our lists of trails and walks on these pages: Cycling, Walking, Horse Riding
3. Visit the Montol Festival in Penzance. This December festival celebrates the Winter Solstice with fire, processions and guise dancing. Also in Penzance at the beginning of December is MixXjam at the Acorn Theatre, a presentation by Mounts Bay Academy with performances from its hugely talented pool of musicians in years 9, 10 and 11 and later in the month the Humphry Davy Birthday Lantern Parade. See our Penzance Events Diary for details of all these events.
4. Help Children's Hospice South West by visiting their Charity Art Exhibition in Truro. Many local artists have donated work to the exhibition. See our What's On Diary for details
5. Visit the Padstow Christmas Festival. Live music, carol singing, a Christmas Market, cookery demonstrations, fireworks and a delightful lantern parade. This festival takes place every December. Check our Padstow Events Diary. Enjoy visiting St Ives for their winter festival with lots of events and entertainment taking place in St Ives during December. See our St Ives Events Diary.
6. Visit the Winter Wood for all new tales from Rogue Theatre. There'll be magic in the air! You can also enjoy swashbuclkling, pirate antics with Miracle Theatre's Treasure Island at the Princess Pavilion, Falmouth. See our What's On Diary for details.
7. Don't forget to get out and about with your four-legged friends over the Christmas period. From the 1st October each year almost all of Cornwall's beaches are dog friendly. Go along to your favourite beach and give your four-legged friend a wonderful time.
Don't forget the ball! Visit Dog Friendly Cornwall to see a list of all the beaches in Cornwall and their dog friendliness.
8. Visit the Christmas Markets throughout Cornwall at Padstow, Truro, Lostwithiel, Newquay, Fowey, Redruth, Penzance, Callington, St Ives, Saltash, Mount Edgcumbe, Heligan, Bude and Wadebridge. Hundreds of great gift ideas for Christmas. See our What's On in Cornwall Diary.
9. Raise money for charity and have a great time running or cycling dressed as Father Christmas, by taking part in this year's Santa Series. Check our What's On Diary for how to take part.
10. Celebrate New Year's Eve with a great Firework Display. Many of Cornwall's towns bring in the New Year with fireworks and several including, St Ives and Looe enjoy an evening of revelry with fancy dress and parties in the street. Check our Fireworks feature for details of your local display.
Things to do
Maps of Cornwall :
The Ordnance Survey publishes the Explorer series of maps which are
ideal for walkers.
Scale 1 : 25 000
2.5 inches to 1 mile /
4cm to 1km.
Available in local bookshops or click on the links below to order online.
Those covering Cornwall:
Map of Isles of Scilly:101 Isles of Scilly
For more information: www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk