Cornwall was once considered a odd destination to spend Christmas holiday’s, however that perception appears to have changed with an increasing quantity of people heading to the South West to enjoy the quiet beaches, the variety of weather and the warm welcome.
So, what’s the weather like? Well… In true British weather style it’s very unpredictable! We’ve had days as warm as 17oC in recent years, contrasted by snow and huge storms. Cornwall is an incredible place for storm watchers with lots of places to watch huge waves land on the shore line.
Christmas and New Year
One of the magical highlights of Christmas is the gathering in Marazion market square on Christmas Eve for the arrival of Santa and a whole lot of festive charm. Festive drinks looking over Mount’s Bay from the Godolphin Arms or a walk along the coast path or dramatic beaches is a wonderful way to unwind.
Nearby Mousehole is famous for it’s Christmas lights, but don’t miss the illuminations at other small Cornish villages - especially Angarrack (near Hayle) as well a fine display here in Marazion.
In the run up to Christmas Penzance comes alive for Montol, a six day arts and community festival celebrating the midwinter solstice and Cornish traditions of the past, culminating in the main event, Montol Eve on December 21. Through the week there are lantern and mask making workshops, strolling bands, carol services, storytelling, Mummers Plays, a ceilidh and late night shopping in Penzance. During the main event the people of Penzance take part in many of the Cornish traditional customs of Midwinter and Christmas including Guise dancing when many people wear traditional masks, dress in disguise and wear mock formal costume. Several fire beacons are lit throughout the town with the chalking and burning of the Mock, the Cornish Yule log and dancing to follow. Full details of events leading up to Montol Eve are available on the Festival website.
For a New Year celebration you won’t forget vists St Ives on New Years Eve. You will be the odd one out if you don’’t wear fancy dress. Thousand of people gather around the harbour for an excellent firework display…….and if you’re brave enough, for a midnight dip in the sea to welcome the New Year.
Here are some highlight pictures from our 2017 Christmas:
Other things to consider from our previous New Years blog include:
The picturesque town of Mousehole (pronounced locally like Mowzle!) becomes illuminated by spectacular festive lights. The high street features huge displays whilst in the harbour giant floating attractions appear.
Not to be missed, you can explore the surrounding countryside during the day and as the sun sets, visit Mousehole to see the display.
St. Ives Fancy Dress & Fireworks Display
The morning of New Year's Eve in St Ives starts off like any other but once the roads close at 6pm the town bursts into a giant fancy dress party! Street stalls appear, local bands start to play and each pub/venue has it's own event going on.
There's plenty to see, do, eat & drink and once it hits midnight an amazing fireworks display is set off over the pier which lights up the whole harbour!
Explore the Beaches
Around this time of year the beaches are quieter. The weather may not be as warm, but the amazing scenery, exhilarating sea air and spectacular coastline remain for you to explore.
St Michael's Mount and the bay are as stunning as ever. If you're bringing your pets along on your holiday the miles of amazing coastline will be the best dog walk you'll ever experience.
Eat at Award Winning Restaurants
Marazion is host to many award winning restaurants. The Godolphin Arms (pictured) is just one of the town's restaurants to win awards on both local and national levels.
When you're tired from a day spent exploring everything Cornwall has to offer, relax and recharge at some of the countries finest restaurants.