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Christmas in Cornwall

Should you be thinking about visiting Cornwall over the festive period, we have excellent news, visiting Cornwall in winter is one of the best times to go!

Christmas in Cornwall is truly magical, think crisp, cold mornings with the sun glistening over the frosted countryside, whilst you’re tucked up warm in one of our cosy caravans, cottages or lodges!

You’ll find that the temperature in Cornwall in winter is surprisingly pleasant as the day goes on, meaning winter walks exploring the woodland or coastal paths are something the whole family can enjoy.  Should the weather change however, storm watching is a popular and lively activity in Cornwall too. This time of year means that the biggest Atlantic currents wash up on the beaches and cliffs of Cornwall, which looks spectacular during a winter storm, where winds can blow up to 70mph and waves reach up to 50 feet!  As long as you make sure you’re at a safe distance, it’s hard to beat the drama and spectacle of a big storm on the Cornish coast.

The winter weather and Christmas decorations also make the traditional Cornish towns such as St Ives, Padstow or Fowey look spectacularly festive this time of year. There’s nothing quite like walking through the quaint towns with the fresh, cool coastal breeze turning your nose rosy pink and filling your lungs, with the sounds of the waves and sea in the background – and a piping hot turkey, stuffing and cranberry Cornish Pasty in hand! These whimsical places are also full of snug cafes and pubs with roaring open fires, the perfect place to enjoy a mulled wine and mince pie, whilst looking out onto the Cornish winter…

Over the festive period, there’s plenty of traditions to get involved with, including the wonderful Christmas fairs and markets, where you’ll find a whole host of festive fun awaits. The fishing village of Mousehole is one of the most Christmassy places in Cornwall, it’s home to the famous “Mousehole Harbour Lights” as well as Tom Bawcock’s Eve on the 23rd December. Penzance, a ‘must visit’ area of Cornwall not far from Meadow Lakes, welcomes the festival of Montol, another festive event that celebrates the revival, or reinterpretation of many of the traditional Cornish midwinter customs & Christmas traditions, quite the spectacle! Boxing Day in Padstow sees the Mummer’s Day festival, involving lots of singing, so you’ll be sure to feel the festive spirit!

If you’re feeling particularly brave, the ‘Christmas Day Swim’ is a classic, (albeit rather chilly!) Cornish Christmas tradition.  Pop your Santa hats on and dive in, but make sure you have someone waiting for you with a towel and a hot drink to warm the ol’ cockles after!

Should you be in Cornwall for New Year’s Eve, celebrations in St. Ives are a great way to welcome in the New Year, as well as in Looe, only a short while down the road from Meadow Lakes Holiday Park, where fancy dress and fireworks are sure to put you in the New Year spirit!  Or, if it’s just a quiet night in watching old films and playing games with the family that you’re after, what better place than Meadow Lakes!

Cornwall is the perfect destination for a December trip and with Meadow Lakes, whatever type of winter holiday you’re looking for, we have a range of homely, warm and comfy accommodation available to suit all your requirements!