Where's Santa in Cornwall 2023

Read on for more on Santa's grottos, opportunities to meet Santa and Santa's workshops in Cornwall in 2023...

Updated 02/11/2023

At this time of year Father Christmas becomes an incredibly busy man, but as he’s so friendly and thoughtful he will always find time to listen to your wish lists.

There’s nothing that Father Christmas loves more than talking and listening to children, so he uses his super magical powers to whizz all over the county and can be in many places often at the same time!

You’ll find him in cosy cabins, in sparkly grottos, on festive trains and on horse-drawn sleighs in town centres, shopping centres, garden centres and family attractions.

As he gets exceedingly hungry on his travels he even turns up for breakfast and lunch at some places!  So, along with his many helpers, do look out for Santa at the following locations this festive season…

PS. Don’t forget to leave out a treat or two for Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve. The cheeky elves have told us he likes smelly socks, but we think he would rather have a tasty mince pie!

Newquay Zoo

Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Charlestown

 

National Trust - Trelissick

Camel Creek

Crealy

Paradise Park

The Lost Gardens of Heligan - SOLD OUT FOR 2023

Autism Friendly Santa's Grotto

Breakfast With Santa/Santa's Grotto at China Fleet Country Club

Nadelik Christmas Market at Heartlands

Breakfast with Santa/Tea With Santa/Santa's Grotto at Trelawney 

Christmas at Geevor Tin Mine 

The Father Christmas Parade in Truro

Father Christmas events at Bodmin Railway

Santa's Grotto at Camborne Library

A Night Before Christmas at Bedruthan

Storytime with Father Christmas at Trelissick

Santa's Grotto/Breakfast With Santa at Dairyland

Nadelik Christmas Event at Heartlands Cornwall

Storytime with Father Christmas at Trerice

Father Christmas events at Lappa Valley

Christmas Market at The London Inn, Kilkhampton

Lostwithiel Dickensian

Visit Santa at Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Charlestown

Christmas Grotto at Enys Gardens

Santa at Tre, Pol and Pen

Finding Father Christmas at the Museum, Truro

Other events to be confirmed

 

Featured Santa and Father Christmas Activities in Cornwall 2023

 

Dates from 15th to 24th December 2023

Santa at Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Charlestown

Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Charlestown

https://www.shipwreckcharlestown.co.uk/visit-santa-at-charlestown/

A very special guest and his helpful elves are coming to the Tunnel of Lights this December, to help make your Christmas wishes come true.  This experience includes meeting with Santa and his elves, and a very special festive keepsake to take home.

 

 

 

Dates from 16th December

Dine with Santa 2023

Newquay Zoo, Trenance Gardens, Newquay, TR7 2LZ

https://www.newquayzoo.org.uk/events/dine-with-santa/

Join Newquay Zoo for a morning or afternoon meet and greet with Santa and receive a special festive gift! As part of your Santa experience, you will also take part in some Christmas craft activities and enjoy a delicious breakfast or dinner in Café Lemur.

Price includes:

  • Meet & greet with Santa
  • One present per child
  • Christmas craft activity
  • A selection of breakfast / teatime options and a drink per child

Breakfast with Santa takes place on 16th,17th and 23rd December

Tea with Santa takes place on 19th and 21st December

 

Other places to see Santa in Cornwall 2023

 


 

Dates from 2nd December 2023

Christmas at Trelissick

Trelissick, Feock, Truro, TR3 6QL.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/cornwall/trelissick/events/cf7c260e-b6d6-467f-8513-0065a4b0571b

Join Father Christmas as he returns to Trelissick to entertain families with his festive tales.  Father Christmas will visit the stable yard with a special story of a Cornish Christmas at Trelissck.  Once the storytelling is complete he will hand out a small gift at the end to each child.

Relaxed sessions are available on  2nd 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th and December 2023  and are aimed at providing a more relaxed and calmer experience with reduced noise levels and crowds

 

2nd, 9th and 16th December

Santa's Grotto at Camborne Library

Camborne Library. 

www.facebook.com/cambornelibrary

Santa will be visiting on Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 12: 30pm.  Book your free 10 minute visit by popping in to the library, through Facebook messenger or via email

 

Event for 2023 still to be confirmed

Meet Santa and his Reindeer at Gwel an Mor

Feadon Farm Wildlife and Education Centre, Feadon Lane, Portreath, TR16 4PE.

Keep checking back for more information or keep an eye on their social media and website


 

Selected dates between 2nd and 23rd December 2023

Christmas at Crealy 2023

Crealy Great Adventure Park, Clyst St Mary, Near Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DR

https://www.crealy.co.uk/events/christmas-at-crealy4

Enjoy seasonal Christmas attractions including a NEW Meet and Greet with Santa experience and a LIVE ice show, festive entertainment, lights and decorations.  Check the website for details of festive breaks if you would like to stay a bit longer!

 

 

Dates to be confirmed for 2023 

Santa’s Grotto at Paradise Park

Paradise Park and Junglebarn Play Centre, 16 Trelissick Road, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4HB

www.paradisepark.org.uk

Details to be confirmed for 2023

 

 

To be confirmed for 2023

Santa’s Grotto at Padstow Christmas Festival

Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8AF

www.padstowchristmasfestival.co.uk

The Festival takes place on 7th to 10th December and it is still to be confirmed whether the Santa's Grotto will be returning.

 

Dates from 3rd to 24th December 2023

Breakfast With Santa at Trelawney Garden Centre

Trelawney Garden Centre, Wadebridge

https://bluediamond.smart-tickets.co.uk/?branch=TREL&eventcategory=&link=ticket-calendar#

Fun festive event where you will enjoy breakfast for the whole family and fun activities, plus a special visit from Santa with a gift for every child

 

Dates from 3rd to 23rd December

Santa's Grotto at Trelawney Garden Centre

Trelawney Garden Centre, Wadebridge

https://bluediamond.smart-tickets.co.uk/?link=ticket-event&eventid=1031&invitation=&sids=

Meet Santa in person at Trelawney Garden Centre

 

Dates from 8th to 22nd December

Tea with Santa at Trelawney Garden Centre

Trelawney Garden Centre, Wadebridge

https://bluediamond.smart-tickets.co.uk/?link=ticket-event&eventid=1031&invitation=&sids=

A fun festive event where you will enjoy tea for the whole family and fun activities, plus a special visit from Santa with a gift for every child as well as an afternoon tea - see the website for details. 

 

7th December

 Lostwithiel Dickensian Evening

Lostwithiel, PL22

www.lostwithiel.org.uk/dickensian-evening

Visit the traditional Santa's grotto – just look out for the secret entrance in Fore Street. Santa will be wearing his traditional green robes rather than red. Plus enjoy a lantern parade, street entertainment, live music and old-fashioned merry-go round. Also enjoy late night shopping with shopkeepers dressed up in Victorian clothing, a lantern parade, food stalls, the annual Advent Window Trail and the illuminated Christmas trees above shops and houses.  See the video below

 

1st to 24th December 2023 - FULLY BOOKED FOR 2023

Father Christmas visits The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6EN

https://www.heligan.com/events/events-at-heligan/father-christmas-at-the-lost-gardens/

Explore the Gardens on the way to your visit,  writing a letter in The Northern Summerhouse on the way.  Meet the team in the Festive Reserve yard and enjoy music, Christmas crackers, festive crafts and toasted marshmallows before being scored by the Head Elf to meet Father Christmas and receive a gift before completing the Christmas family trail.  (Trail only available during daytime visits).  There is also an opportunity to combine your time with Father Christmas with a winter exploration of the Heligan Night Garden - visit the website for details

 

Dates from 6th December

Finding Father Christmas at the Museum

Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro

www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

Magical walkabout storytelling and grotto experience taking place on seven December dates.  the experience involves families helping the elves look for Father Christmas who is hiding somewhere in the Royal Cornwall Museum.  Families will be let through the Museum by Jingle the Elf, hear a wintery tale or two and then meet Father Christmas for the second half of the magical 30 minute encounter.

 

9th December

Christmas Market at The London Inn, Kilkhampton

The London Inn, Kilkhampton. www.facebook.com/thelondoninnkilkhampton

Raffle, items to buy, music and Santa will be in attendance

 

10th and 11th December 2023

Autism Friendly Santa's Grotto,  Lanivet

Lanivet

www.facebook.com/santabodmin

A Santa's grotto designed with children with additional needs in mind but all are  welcome.


 

Dates from 22nd December

Breakfast With Santa at China Fleet Country Club

China Fleet Country Club, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6LJ

https://www.china-fleet.co.uk/events/event-calendar/

Enjoy a magical breakfast morning with a continental buffet and a special gift for each child delivered personally by Santa.  Book online

 

Dates from 10th December 2023

Santa Grotto at China Fleet Country Club

China Fleet Country Club, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6LJ

https://www.china-fleet.co.uk/events/event-calendar/

2 course carvery with Santa and his elves ready to greet your children with a gift.  See the website for menus and booking formation

 

2nd and 3rd December 2023

Nadelik Christmas Market at Heartlands Cornwall

Heartlands Cornwall.

https://www.heartlandscornwall.com/christmas-market/

Christmas market with festive themed stalls and activities as well as the opportunity to Meet Santa

 

10th December

Christmas at Geevor

Geevor Tin Mine Museum, Penzance. 

www.geevor.com

Meet Santa, post a letter to Santa Underground, Quiz and Xmas trail, badge making, Face painting, Pendeen Silver Band.  £10 admission per adult - children free.

 

29th November 2023

The Father Christmas Parade at Truro

Truro.

https://www.visittruro.org.uk/whats-on/the-father-christmas-parade

Parade around the city featuring Father Christmas in his sleigh, elves, local community dance groups, musicians and circus performers

 

Selected Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the lead up to Christmas

Storytime With Santa at Bodmin Railway

Bodmin Railway. www.bodminrailway.co.uk

Cosy evening with Santa reading a Christmas story.  Collect your tickets, hot chocolate and cookie and board the train and receive a personalised book.

 

Selected dates

High Tea With Santa

Bodmin Railway. www.bodminrailway.co.uk

Board Santa’s decorated Victorian coach where you will enjoy an hour with Santa and his elves and indulge in a delicious cream tea as Santa reads a Christmas story to you.

 

Dates from 2nd December

Santa by Steam at Bodmin Railway

Bodmin Railway. www.bodminrailway.co.uk

Train ride with activities and the chance to meet Santa.

Dates from 1st to 22nd December

A Night Before Christmas at Bedruthan

Bedruthan. www.bedruthan.com

One night stay including an exclusive 15 minute Father Christmas experience, artisan bakery breakfast, gift for each child, family time in the indoor swimming pool, adults can enjoy use of the spa facilities and access to drop-in family crafting sessions.

 

2nd to 23rd December

An audience with Father Christmas at Trelissick

Trelissick. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Join Father Christmas in the stable yard as he reads a special story of a Cornish Christmas at Trelissick with a small gift at the end for each child.  Pre-booking is essential.

 

Dates from 2nd December

Visit Santa in his Grotto at Dairyland

Dairyland. www.dairylandfarmpark.com

Tickets include a visit to Santa in his Grotto and a gift. You will also need to purchase park entry tickets

 

2nd and 3rd December 2023

Nadelik Christmas Market

Heartlands Cornwall. www.heartlandscornwall.com/christmas-market

Christmas market with festive themed stalls and activities as well as the opportunity to Meet Santa

 

Dates from 2nd December

Father Christmas at Trerice

Trerice. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/cornwall/trerice

Join Father Christmas in the North Chamber to share tales and traditions of Christmasses past.  All children will go home with a small gift.

 

Dates from 2nd December

Christmas at Trevena Cross Garden Centre

Trevena Cross. www.trevenacross.co.uk

Santa’s Grotto experience where visitors can take a walk through the snowy forest and encounter winter wonderland photo opportunities.

 

Dates from 2nd December

Father Christmas at Lappa Valley

Lappa Valley. www.lappavalley.co.uk

Nostalgic train journey through the winter countryside into Lappa Valley, indoor soft play, refreshments, write and post your letter to Father Christmas and visit him in his grotto.

 

7th December

Lostwithiel Dickensian Evening

Lostwithiel, PL22. www.lostwithiel.org.uk/dickensian-evening

Visit the traditional Santa’s Grotto alongside all of the usual festive activities

 

15th to 24th December

Visit Santa at Charlestown

Charlestown Shipwreck Museum. www.shipwreckcharlestown.co.uk/visit-santa-at-charlestown.

Experience including meeting with Santa and his elves as well as a very special festive keepsake to take home.

 

Dates from 16th December

Christmas Grotto event at Enys House

Enys House. www.facebook.com/people/christmas-at-enys

Visit Santa in his grotto.  See the website for more details.

 

Dates from 3rd December

Breakfast With Santa at Dobbies Lelant

Dobbies, Lelant. www.events.dobbies.com

Festive event with breakfast for the whole family plus fun activities and a special visit from Santa.

 

21st and 22nd December

Santa’s Christmas Wish 2023

Regal Theatre, Redruth, TR15 2AZ.  https://redruth.merlincinemas.co.uk/film/76796-santas-christmas-wish-2023?forcechoice=true

Fun, festive, interactive, musical adventure followed by a meet, greet and treat with Father Christmas after the show

 

17th and 23rd December

Santa at Tre,Pol and Pen

Tre, Pol and Pen. www.trepolandpen.co.uk

Visit Santa in his grotto and receive your very own gift from his sleigh.

 

25th November

Santa's Grotto at Museum of Cornish Life

Helston. www.museumofcornishlife.co.uk

£3.50 and each child is given a present between 1pm and 3:30 - book in Museum shop

 

9th December

Santa's Grotto and Christmas Craft Workshop at Solomon Browne Memorial Hall 

Solomon Browne Hall, Mousehole. https://www.facebook.com/events/2050059335330670?locale=en_GB

Meet Santa and some of his helpers - booking advised and take part in the festive family workshop.  See website for booking details.

 

Every Saturday and Sunday from 11th November to 23rd December

Santa Claus at Par Market

Par Market. www.parmarket.co.uk

Meet Santa and his elves and choose form three special gifts.  Station for 'Letters To Santa'. 

 

10th December 2023

Santa's Drive Through Grotto at Falmouth Fire Station

Falmouth Fire Station. https://www.facebook.com/events/863280738483193/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[]%7D

Drive through grotto from 4:30 to 7:30pm 

 

 

Other Santa events in Cornwall that took place previously that may be announced for 2023 shortly

Father Christmas at Truro Cathedral - https://www.trurocathedral.org.uk/whats-on

Santa at Trenance Cottages - http://www.trenancecottages.co.uk/whats-on.html

Santa at Carnon Downs Garden Centre - http://www.carnondowns-garden-centre.co.uk/

Christmas at Lanhydrock 2023 - https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/cornwall/lanhydrock/events

 

 

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