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What's on: winter in West Cornwall

Updated: May 22, 2023


Christmas lights in Mousehole Harbour
Mousehole's Famous Harbour Lights Display

Without the crowds, winter can be a wonderful time to visit Cornwall. Think blustery walks on the coast path and cosy pub lunches in front of a roaring fire. There's also plenty going on throughout the area. Here are just a few suggestions:


  • If you're looking to buy Christmas gifts, The Leach Pottery will be holding a Christmas seconds sale on Saturday, December 3rd from 10am to 4pm while the St Ives Christmas Market will also run on the 3rd and 4th. Porthleven Christmas Markets will take place on Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday the 4th of December 2022.


  • We're particularly looking forward to the new exhibition Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life which will bring together some of her most important works and will run at Tate St Ives from November 26th.

  • From November 30th to December 11th Trengwainton Garden on the outskirts of Penzance will be hosting a new, after-dark Christmas lights festival.

  • Celebrate the Winter Solstice on December 21st with Penzance's Montol festival - a revival of the midwinter and Christmas traditions which were once commonly practised throughout Cornwall.

  • Mousehole's famous Christmas lights display will run this year from December 12th to January 6th and is always worth a visit.

  • If you're looking to see the New Year in with a bang then St Ives, with its spectacular fireworks display and fancy dress street party, is the place to be.

  • If you prefer something more physical you can take part in one of the Boxing or New Year's Day swims that take place on beaches across the county.

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