The Atlantic Hotel’s guide to Christmas in Cornwall

Quite simply, there’s nowhere we’d rather be.

Whilst mulled wine and a film on the television is a welcome sight to many, a festive break at Christmas time is an excellent opportunity to explore the county’s Yuletide offerings. Exciting handmade presents, tropical ice-skating and the great outdoors all await those who choose to embrace it; this is Christmas, Cornwall style.

Silent night, shopping night

Grab your coats, scarves and woolly hats; it’s time to buy some presents!

Artisan and handcrafted gifts from the very best in the county await you at the numerous vintage fairs, craft fairs and late night shopping evenings in the run up to December 25th; and ever eager to get into the Christmas spirit, Newquay are up first:

Reindeer, a jolly parade and retail aplenty grace the streets on 28th November with the grand switching on of their Christmas lights. Partnering this is a music and ale festival alongside a food and craft fair for a weekend of merriment from 28-30th November – both look to be delicious opportunities to try out potential presents!

Newquay Christmas lights

Have a Torville and Dean moment…

Just down the road from Newquay, and a major draw for thousands across Cornwall, is ice-skating at The Eden Project. There’s something about being able to take to the ice surrounded by biomes of rare and tropical plants that makes this so special, especially at Christmas time.

The Eden Project

The rink is open from 18th October and caters for everyone from toddlers all the way up to those preferring a little spin and twirl during their glide. Manual wheelchairs are permitted on the ice (with a carer), and a special skate aid penguin is a great way to help those who are a little unsteady on their feet!

Winter waves

Cosy coats and chunky scarves are what people envisage in the later months of the year, but in Cornwall there’s an extra Christmas outfit to consider – the wetsuit! The waves are normally of a better quality than in summer, and the fewer people in the water means that those in search of an active Yuletide break can really reap the rewards of the winter season.

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The Escape Surf School is a level four BSA (British Surfing Association) approved establishment and is open 12 months a year, seven days a week. So the fact that it’s a little chilly shouldn’t be a reason to put off taking to the waves and learning a new skill…and who knows, next year you could have a brand new board waiting for you under the tree!

The choice in Cornwall at Christmas is certainly varied, and the way you spend it is entirely up to you. Listed above are three ways the team and those who stay at The Atlantic Hotel find the most fun throughout the festive season.

We feel Christmas ideas are always best discussed over a quiet drink, so we’ll see you at the bar!