Where to See Father Christmas in Cornwall

November 14th, 2017

As December gets closer, the festive season is fast approaching. With a wide range of activities taking place over the coming weeks, it is time to get excited about how you and the family will be spreading Christmas spirit!

No Christmas with children is complete without a visit to Father Christmas in his grotto to share your wishes for the gifts you’ll receive on Christmas morning. There are a wide variety of events taking place over the region over the coming months, so we’ve compiled a few of our favourites to get you started!


The whole family will thoroughly enjoy this traditional Christmas experience at Lanhydrock, an impressive Victorian country house managed by the National Trust. Step back in time to see how the Agar-Robartes family would have prepared for their big Christmas dinner. With the halls, dining room and garden all decorated to replicate the style popular during the Victorian era, step inside to warm by the roaring fire before discovering the dishes you could have expected if joining the Agar-Robartes for dinner.

From 16th-24th December, your children can even sit down with Father Christmas to share their Christmas wishes. There is limited availability to see Santa, so booking in advance is advised, however, with a host of other activities for you to partake in, why not make a day of it?

Eden Project

This year, visit the Eden Project for a chat with Father Christmas and his Elves. From late November, you and your family will be able to take a look behind the scenes, visiting the elves bunkbeds before taking a look at the pigeon holes with every child’s letter in! If your little ones are yet to send their letter, why not sit down with Father Christmas, who is keen to meet all the family, where he’ll share one of his favourite Christmas stories with you besides the fire.

This extraordinary experience is open from November 25th and costs £6 per child, with adults paying £4 to get involved. Booking is available online via the Eden Project website, so have a look at plan your trip today!

Bodmin Railway

From December 2nd, you and the family can head down to Bodmin railway to enjoy a ride on a steam hauled train with a twist! Father Christmas and his Elves will be there to join you both on the train and in his grotto, where there are light refreshments for the adults and a present for the children!

All tickets must be booked in advance, with prices ranging from £13 – £15.50 depending on your selected date.

Newquay Zoo

Join the animals at Newquay Zoo on the 16th – 17th December for a fun-filled weekend. Jungle All The Way promises to be a weekend of festive fun for all, with many activities on offer for you to enjoy. Whether you’re following the candy trail to win your special prize or joining Santa to listen to some classic Christmas stories, you’re all sure to have a wonderful day full of Christmas spirit!

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Explore the Christmas trail in the wonderful Lost Gardens of Heligan from December 16th – 24th. Santa and his Elves will be there to meet your children, with plenty of photo opportunities of them bonding by the lovely fire. There are a host of other activities for you all to enjoy, including arts and crafts in the Steward’s House.

If you’re planning on spending a day at the gardens, why not stay to view Heligan at Night, a fantastic show of illuminating lights? Showcasing the gardens in a never before seen way, the new textures and colours make Heligan all the more captivating.

Tickets for Santa’s visit are on sale on heligan.com, where you can also find more information about the Heligan at Night display.

If you’re planning a getaway, we have a range of accommodation perfect for a Christmas cottage holidays. Cornwall over the coming weeks is the perfect time to spend the festive season, with a host of events taking place. For more information, take a look at our blog here.