Here is a rundown on where to see Santa in Cornwall 2022 and other Christmas events in Cornwall.
*This page will be updated as and when events are released.
Santa’s Grotto at Newquay Zoo
As most of the animals are on the Nice List, Santa will be taking time out from his busy Christmas schedule to take up residence in his magical grotto.
DATES: Santa will be in his magical grotto at Newquay Zoo every day from Saturday 17th to Saturday 24th of December
GROTTO TIMES: 10.45 am to 4 pm (grotto closes at 2 pm on Christmas Eve)
PRICE: £9.50*/child (up to 15 years) to include a gift
All children can enjoy our FREE reindeer food-making activity while they are at Newquay Zoo
*Grotto tickets do not include entry to Newquay Zoo, if you are NOT a Newquay Zoo member you will need to book an admission ticket for the day of your grotto booking.
See here for more info and to book tickets for Newquay Zoo.
Breakfast with Santa at Newquay Zoo
Join Santa and his elves for a magical morning in Cafe Lemur where you will enjoy a delicious breakfast, craft activity and receive a gift from Santa.
DATE: Tuesday 20th December 2022
TIME: 9.30am to 10.15am
See here for more info
Newquay Zoo, Trenance Gardens, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 2LZ
The Enchanted Christmas Ball
Just 4 Kids Parties are very excited to announce the Enchanted Christmas Ball.
Your child is invited to join our princesses and superheroes at the most memorable and magical event in Cornwall this Christmas.
The Enchanted Christmas Ball will be hosted by our princesses and superheroes and include:
*Photo opportunity with all of our characters on arrival
Date: Sunday 11th December 2022
Tickets: £20 per child (1 adult must purchase a free ticket per booking and attend the whole event- refreshments available to purchase at the venue).
Tickets available at www.just4kidsparties.com/events
Tregenna Castle, St Ives, Cornwall
Autism Friendly Santa’s Grotto, Bodmin
The grotto is based on children with additional needs in mind, but all are welcome. They just ask that all who attend to please keep this in mind.
Dates: 10th and 11th December 2022
£3 per child ticket includes seeing Santa, a gift and a craft bag
Please see their Facebook page for further info and tickets
Castle Canyke Road, Bodmin, PL31 1
Every child gets a present!
Dates: Every Sat & Sun from Nov 12th 2022
11 am-3 pm £5 per child.
Tickets can be purchased at the market, which includes an early Christmas present for the kids!
The Nutcracker Trail
Every Wed, Sat & Sun from 12th November – 24th December 9am-5pm
In this FREE event, follow the Trail Map to find Santa’s 12 Nutcrackers, write each of their names in your booklet and submit it for your chance to win an Apple iPad or many other magical prizes! You can collect your free booklet at the Par Market Events Village.
For more info please see here.
Par Market, Stadium Retail Park, St Austell, PL25 3RP, UK
Christmas at Dairyland
Choose from: Breakfast with Santa, Visit Santa’s grotto and meet him and his elves, or simply enjoy a stroll around the festive-themed park.
Dates: 3rd & 4th | 10th & 11th | 17th – 24th December
Breakfast with Santa
8.45 am- 10 am
Visit Santa in his Grotto
Timeslots to book between 10:00 – 5:40 pm
Christmas Eve: 10:00 – 3:40 pm
Please arrive 5 minutes before your timeslot
*Tickets include a visit to Santa in his Grotto and a gift. You will also need to purchase park entry tickets.
Pre-booked tickets only
See their website for more details and booking your tickets.
Dairyland Farm Park, Summercourt, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 5AA
Santa’s Grotto at Falmouth Firestation
Meet Santa at their Drive-through Christmas Grotto! and receive a small gift.
The drive-through Christmas Grotto is on Saturday 17th December from 4.30-8 pm to see Santa and receive a small gift for all those good Children! Fun for all the family!
This year they are raising money for both the Firefighters Charity and Penryn and Falmouth foodbank. They are asking for cash donations on the arrival at the grotto, change cannot be given so please only bring the amount you wish to donate.
For more info check out their Facebook page.
Community Fire Station, Trescobeas Rd, Falmouth TR11 2LQ
Father Christmas visits The Lost Gardens of Heligan
You and your family will then be welcomed to the exclusive Festive Reserve Yard within The Gardens, where you will start to prepare for your special visit. Here the Team will ensure you get into the Christmas spirit, with music, Christmas crackers, and festive crafts, and don’t forget your complimentary toasted marshmallows to toast over the warming fire. As anticipation builds you will be escorted by The Head elf to meet Father Christmas in the magical cosy setting of the Head Gardeners Office.
Each child will be gifted a small traditional children’s present to remember their visit to Father Christmas by, along with Christmas magic and tradition that reconnects you to the heart and true meaning of Christmas.
After your visit why not venture on to explore The Gardens, meet the Christmas donkeys (From 18th December onwards), and complete the 12 days of Christmas family visual trail. (Available during daytime visits only).
For tickets to meet Father Christmas during the day on Saturday 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd December, please click here.
For tickets to meet Father Christmas during the day on the 23rd or 24th December, please click here.
If you are visiting during the day, please be aware that your garden admission is not included within the Father Christmas tickets unless you have valid Heligan Membership or Local Passes. Please book garden admission by clicking here once you have booked your Father Christmas tickets.
Joint tickets with the Heligan Night Garden
For tickets to explore the Heligan Night Garden with a mid-route visit to meet Father Christmas on 11th or 12th December, please click here.
For tickets to explore the Heligan Night Garden with a mid-route visit to meet Father Christmas on 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st. 22nd and 23rd December, please click here.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Due to the unique cosy setting they can only accept bookings with a maximum of two adults per booking. They ask these adults to wear face masks within this setting please.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St.Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6EN
Father Christmas at Truro Cathedral
Father Christmas has hidden his Kernow office somewhere in Truro Cathedral and they need your help to find him. Meet the elves at the Christmas Tree outside the Cathedral! As you walk around the Cathedral, you will hear the stories of James Bubb, the first Clerk of Works of Truro Cathedral in the 1800s. You will also hear the tale of the Cathedral Mouse, who wishes they could sing with the children in the choir.
This Christmas, their dream comes true and you will be able to hear the mouse sing in St Mary’s Chapel. You will then get the chance to meet Father Christmas once his hiding place has been uncovered, where you will be able to tell him all about what you would like for Christmas and you will receive a gift.
Duration 30 minutes. More info here.
Dates and Times: SOLD OUT
Book your tickets online.
Truro Cathedral, Truro
Santa Claus in Camborne Library
Father Christmas will be in the library from 10 am – 1 pm on Saturdays in December.
Pre Booking only through the Camborne Town website – FULLY BOOKED
Camborne Library, Camborne TR14 8HA
Santa’s Grotto at Trenance Cottages
Once again Santa will be visiting Trenance Cottages on the run-up to Christmas.
Dates: see below
Please note all tickets must be booked in advance.
telephone 07745491230 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
£6 per child and £1 adult.
Keep checking back to their Facebook page for more info.
Trenance Road, TR7 2HW, Newquay
Meet Father Christmas at The Eden Project
Meet Father Christmas and his newest helper Elfie this Christmas at Eden.
Elfie is fresh out of Elf Training Camp and ready to get stuck in – but she keeps accidentally causing havoc, instead of helping! Find out how Elfie learns to be brave and ultimately team up with Father Christmas to deliver a Christmas miracle.
Each child will be given the chance to meet Father Christmas and leave with a storybook of Elfie’s adventures, plus a chocolate treat, as part of their Father Christmas experience.
The Father Christmas sessions will be on the following dates:
2nd -24th December 2022
Each session lasts approximately 40 minutes and will start promptly. The time will be stated on your ticket.
*Relaxed sessions on 3, 4, 10, 17 and 21 December, to allow those who may benefit from a more informal experience, such as those with autism and sensory or communication needs, to enjoy the site at their own pace.
See here for more info and to book your tickets.
Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall PL24 2SG
Christmas at Lappa Valley
**NOW SOLD OUT**
Come and enjoy the wonder and magic of Lappa Valley at Christmas time. Meet Father Christmas in his grotto, where he has a present for every child. Take a nostalgic steam train ride through the wooded valley into Lappa and find lots of festive fun.
- All aboard a nostalgic steam train journey through the winter countryside into Lappa Valley
- Meet and have photos with Rudolph, our friendly reindeer
- Indoor Soft Play at the Engine Shed
- Enjoy rides on the Woodland Railway
- Music from the traditional fairground organ
- Adults (16+) enjoy a complimentary seasonal refreshment
- Write and post your letter to Father Christmas
- Visit Father Christmas and his elves in his grotto where every child receives a present
- The Engine Shed Cafe will be open
- The East Wheal Rose gift shop will be open for any last minute present shopping
Dates: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 December 2022
Full information and tickets which are close to selling out, available here: https://www.lappavalley.co.uk/events/christmas-at-lappa-valley/
Lappa Valley, St Newlyn East, Newquay, TR8 5LX
Come meet Santa and his helpers this December at Heartlands!
Santa will be visiting for two weekends during December. He is bringing his magical, winter wonderland grotto, Mrs Claus and elves. Santa is looking forward to meeting the children and hearing all about their Christmas wishes.
Pre-booking is highly advisable.
Heartlands Christmas Market click here for more info.
When booking, you must book a slot for each child individually. Please make sure to select the same time slot.
Heartlands, Robinson’s Shaft, Dudnance Lane, Pool, Redruth, TR15 3QY
Santa’s Grotto at Paradise Park
Make your child’s Christmas extra special with a visit to see Santa’s magical grotto!
Paradise Park is situated on the outskirts of Hayle. Please use the postcode TR27 4HY for your SAT NAV
Meet Santa & His Reindeer at Gwel an Mor
Santa and his reindeer cannot wait to meet you in his cosy grotto. He will be stopping by Feadon Farm along with some of his elves and of course – his reindeer. There will be lots of photo opportunities with both Santa and the reindeer in their stable and we’ll treat our visitors to a bag of reindeer food to feed them.
They also have a fun craft session prior to meeting Santa including making a Christmas tree decoration and sitting with the elves to make some festive crackers.
Your ticket includes:
- Crafting activities with the elves, (there will be glue and glitter, just a warning!)
- Hot and cold drinks for children and adults
- Meet Santa (and if you’ve been good your visit will include a gift)
- Meet the reindeer
- Reindeer food
- Photo opportunities on Santa’s sleigh
- Maximum of 4 children for a single time slot
Please arrive 1 hour before your ‘Meet Santa’ slot, to enjoy the activities
Dates: November: 18th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th December: 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, (23rd fully booked)
Book Tickets Here
Gwel an Mor Luxury Resort. Feadon Lane, Portreath, Cornwall TR16 4PE
Christmas at Trelissick
Father Christmas is back for 2022 telling his festive tales. Father Christmas will be in the stables on Saturday and Sunday 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18 December and then 19 – 23 from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm ( No show on Christmas Eve, Father Christmas will be very busy that day!)
Bookable time slots throughout the day, please see our What’s On section of the website to book tickets. This is a group experience and not a 1:1 with Father Christmas.
Pre-booking for Father Christmas is essential due to limited availability.
Tickets: Child £6, Adult £2 (Normal admission charges apply, free to National Trust members).
Babies (under 18 months) not requiring a gift can enter with the family for free. However, if you would like a gift for your baby, please book a child ticket.
Click here to book Father Christmas
Feock, near Truro, Cornwall, TR3 6QL
Santa by Steam at Bodmin and Wenford Railway
Enjoy a ride aboard a steam train before going to see Santa and receive a gift.
Upon arrival back at Bodmin General, you will have the chance to see Santa and have your photo taken with him, as well as do some Christmas-themed arts and crafts activities.
Each child will receive an age-relevant gift.
See here for more info and to book
Storytime With Santa
Treat yourself to Story Time With Santa.
Write your list to Santa, and have a hot chocolate and cookie with his elves, before listening to Santa read a story.
Afterwards, Santa will walk through the train, collecting everyone’s lists whilst giving every child a copy of his bedtime storybook.
Please be aware that the train will remain in the station for the duration of the event.
See here for more info and to book
Private Santa Experience
Spoil yourself with a private Santa Experience.
Spend the evening with Santa aboard his Victorian carriage. Enjoy a high tea and have the opportunity to tell Santa what you would like for Christmas, as well as have a story read to you.
Arrive at the station at 18:00 to board the Victorian coach at 18:15 where you will spend an hour with Santa and his elves.
Each child will receive a special gift.
Tickets must be booked in advance which can be done via the website.
Bodmin General Station, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 1AQ
Father Christmas is Coming To Camel Creek
Join them again this year at Camel Creek for the magical festivities throughout the park, and not forget the sell-out personalised Santa experience!
What days can you visit?
26th & 27th November 10 am – 5 pm
3rd & 4th December 10 am – 6.30 pm
10th & 11th December 10 am – 6.30 pm
17th – 23rd December 10 am – 6.30 pm
An even longer tunnel of twinkling lights
Christmas photo opportunities
Seasonal Arts & Crafts
Festive food and drink
Many rides open
Animal areas open
Magical Memories to be made
Why not make your visit even more special and include a visit with Santa and his Elves in his festive grotto!
The Santa experience includes;
A personalised ticket upon your arrival, with your allotted time to board our Elf Express to Santa’s Grotto
Enter into the immersive Santa experience through the Christmas tree forest, where you will find even more arts and crafts for your little ones to enjoy. And there’s something for the grown ups too, we know you’ve been good so a complimentary warm drink and mince pie awaits you!
After being called in for your families personal magical moment with Santa in his grotto, journey into our elf workshop for your child to spend time choosing their own gift with Santa’s helper
How much is it?
Santa Experience for members £11.95
Santa Experience for non-members £19.95
Christmas entry to the park 14.95 per person for over 92cm (non-members)
Make it a December (and November!) to remember at Camel Creek
Book online for day tickets and save 10%
There is so much to do at Camel Creek this Christmas!
For more information and to book check out their website.
Camel Creek, Tredinnick, Wadebridge Cornwall PL27 7RA
Tunnel of Lights – At The Shipwreck Museum Charlestown
Journey through every imaginable Christmas setting, from the snowy winter wonderland of Narnia’s frozen forests to a room filled with giant baubles of every colour possible!
Walk through an entire world of beautifully wrapped glittering presents, wander through Candy Land, explore our Shipwreck as snow falls all around you and take a pit stop at our very own mini German Christmas Market.
Pause along the way for some fun Christmas Crafts that the whole family can take part in.
Finally, follow Santa’s footsteps through our glittering North Pole to walk amongst hundreds and thousands of twinkling lights in the UK’s longest tunnel of indoor festive lights on dazzling display!
And new for 2022 – Step into our Giant Snow Globe and take a picture with your friends and family in our very special Yuletide scene*
Festive goodies and hot drinks served all day.
*The Yuletide Snow Globe is an additional cost and not included in the TOL: This is Christmas general admission.
Dates: 3rd December 2022 – 8th January 2023
Please see here for further info and to book tickets
Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Quay Road, Charlestown, St. Austell, Cornwall PL25 3NJ
Santa’s Grotto at China Fleet Country Club
Celebrate in style with their traditional 2 course Christmas lunch served to your table, set in their beautifully decorated private room. Santa and his elves are ready to greet your little ones with that extra special gift. Colouring, mulled wine & Christmas cheer, make this a family affair.
Limited dates are available. 4th and 11th December 2022
Time: 12-2:30 pm
For more info see here.
China Fleet Country Club, North Pill, Saltash PL12 6LJ
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