It’s not uncommon to stumble across a market whilst exploring Cornwall; the county has so much local seafood, produce, arts and crafts on offer, all of which are excellent ways to remember your time in the South West. But each year, these already vibrant markets switch their festive lights on and gear up to help everyone get in to the Christmas spirit, with seasonal goods coming in from all over the county. From harbourside markets, to winter wonderlands in the biomes of the Eden Project, here are five of our favourite Christmas Markets in Cornwall!
Fowey Christmas Market Weekend: November 26th – 28th
Cornish Christmas markets really do stand out, as they look so pretty against the backdrop of local harbours and rolling waves! So is the case for Fowey Christmas Market – one of Cornwall’s most magical festive events, full of Christmas stalls and chalets, seasonal music, locally produced food and drink, and festive gifts! It really is a perfect and romantic way to spend an evening in Cornwall, we couldn’t recommend it enough!
The Enchanted Christmas Market Wadebridge: December 16th – 19th
Based at the Royal Cornwall Events Centre in Wadebridge, the Enchanted Christmas Market is a wonderful way to celebrate Cornish culture whilst embracing the festive spirit! With over 100 traders selling goods and gifts from all over Cornwall, a thriving food court offering warm and festive treats, and plenty of live entertainment, there’s something for everyone! And we certainly couldn’t feature the Enchanted Market without mentioning their popular ice rink for children and adults to enjoy, just make sure to book a ticket to skate in advance!
The Great Christmas Market: December 5th
Each year in Truro, The Alverton Hotel’s Great Hall plays host to one of the biggest Christmas Markets Cornwall has to offer! With creatives and makers, producers, farmers and so many more vendors flocking to the city to sell their jewellery, local spirits, treats, festive foods and everything else. And with masterclasses, workshops, Christmas cocktail shaking, street food and carol singing to enjoy, you certainly won’t run out of things to do and see!
Cornwall Christmas Market: November 10th – 11th
Based in the huge biomes of the Eden Project, surrounded by plants from around the world, celebrating Christmas, and raising money for local charities… could a Christmas market get any better!? That’s right, the Cornwall Christmas Market has returned and promises to be bigger and better than ever after taking a year out in 2020. With vendors coming from all over Cornwall, plenty of festive entertainment, and food and drink, it should be one to remember. And the good news is that it all raises funds for the Cornwall Community Foundation!
Bude Christmas Castle Fayre: December 5th
The Galleries and Heritage Centre at The Castle Bude transforms itself every year into a winter wonderful, and a hub for local business and produce! Coming from all over Cornwall, festive stalls fill the marketplace with arts and crafts, local produce, gifts, and hot food and drinks that are sure to get you in the festive mood! Also on offer are free Christmas workshops, children’s entertainment, Santa’s Grotto, and live music!