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We’ve put together a list of the best places to go Christmas shopping in Cornwall put you in the festive spirit and help you find some fantastic presents for friends and family.
Cornwall offers a warm glow to dark cold nights, with its towns lit with twinkly lights and processions of hand-made lantern. Cornwall at Christmas comes alive with shop windows bursting with imaginative displays of gifts for all the family, aromas of chestnuts and mulled wine, artisan loaves of bread and pies.
Truro involves the whole community in giving shoppers a truly wonderful Christmas shopping experience. Late night shopping in Truro is always a spectacle with food trailers and stalls spotted throughout the streets and plenty of mulled wine to keep shopper’s spirits up.
Enjoy Truro at night time with shops opening their doors to Christmas shoppers every following Wednesday until 9 pm. The late-night opening times include the Wednesday Farmers market, Boscawen street markets and Lemon Quay Fairs.
Weds 27th November
Weds 4th December
Weds 11th December
Weds 18th December
Charming markets pop up all over Cornwall over Christmas, offering local produce and handmade Christmas gifts. In Truro, Boscawen Street is at the heart of the shopping as well as the quaint Lemon Quay.
Lemon Quay will be hosting a winter market with 80+ stalls from all over the south-west that will feature quality gifts, food, drink and street food making your walkabout truly festive. Running over nine days and late night shopping evenings here are the opening times:
Opens on Wednesday 11th December until Thursday 19th December 2019
Weds 11th December: 10am – 9pm
Thurs 12th December: 10am – 5.30pm
Fri 13th December: 10am – 5.30pm
Sat 14th December: 9am – 5.30pm
Sun 15th December: 9am – 4pm
Mon 16th December: 10am – 5.30pm
Tues 17th December: 10am – 5.30pm
Wed 18th December: 10am – 9pm
Thurs 19th December: 10am – 5.30pm
Also held in Truro’s Lemon Quay, over 90 local artists and craftspeople gather to trade from the 27th November to 1st December. Chances are you’ll find something a little bit different for your friends and family. Opening times will be:
Weds 27th November: 9am – 9pm,
Thurs 28th November: 9am – 5.30pm,
Sat 30th November: 9am – 5pm
Sun 1st December: 10.30am – 4.30pm.
Truro is also home to many independent shops offering: high-end clothing boutiques, bookshops, children’s clothing, jewellery, skin care brands and hand baked food treats etc. Of course, it also has High Street chains including Pandora, W H Smith, Superdrug, Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, White Stuff to name but a few. Add to that, indoor and outdoor markets plus a farmer’s market and you should be able to cross almost everyone off your Christmas present list.
Truro has a number of car parks and has organised free park and ride for the late night shoppers! Visit Cornwall Council for more details on parking around Christmas time.
The Park and Ride will be free on:
Weds 20th November – FREE FROM 4 PM
Weds 27th November – FREE FROM 4 PM
Sat 30th November – *FREE ALL DAY*
Weds 4th December – FREE FROM 4 PM
Weds 11th December – FREE FROM 4 PM
Weds 18th December – FREE FROM 4 PM
The seaside town of Falmouth really gets into the festive season offering a variety of events. This year there will be the debut of “The Falmouth Christmas Bus”, an open top double decker bus which will be on show at the Christmas lights switch-on, due to take place in front of hundreds of people at 7 pm on Thursday 29th November on The Moor.
Falmouth at Christmas is very lively with shops staying open until 8pm on certain days throughout the festive period (dates TBC). With both the old and new high street getting involved and plenty of restaurants to pop into during your shopping journey; head to Falmouth for some festive shopping and treat yourself to a mince pie.
Late night shopping dates to be confirmed.
Falmouth has a handful of big fashion stores such as New Look, but the town truly shines when it comes to locally run, independent stores. From art galleries to fudge shops, outdoor wear and a good measure of surf stores thrown in; there’s something for everyone in Falmouth.
Following on from the colourful evening of the “light switch on”, the Christmas Bus will feature at various locations in the town centre throughout December. Dates to be confirmed.
This year Penzance has chosen “Winter Wonderland” as their festive theme, the official Christmas lights switch-on takes place at 4:30 pm on Saturday 30th November, with a festive market, music and entertainment.
The festive market will run from 2pm – 6pm with a variety of stalls from arts and crafts to food. Market Jew Street will also host a Youth Market from Pop Up Penzance.
Penzance is a hub of creativity and full of artists has some lovely independent shops which will go all out to make your Christmas shopping experience a success.
Late night shopping will be running again this December, dates TBC.
You can purchase produce, freshly baked goods ready for freezing (if need be) and organic food as well if that’s what you’d prefer at St John’s Hall. Here you will find “delicious homemade or locally grown produce” artisan loaves of bread, jams, cheeses, pastries, lots of goodies to help your festive food be the best ever!
Country: Every Thursday – 8.30am – 12:30pm
Farmers: Every Friday – 9am – 1pm
The main shopping areas are Market Jew Street, Causeway Head, Chapel Street, Wharfside Shopping Centre and Market Place. There are health and beauty shops, clothes shops, bookshops, jewellers, antique shops, furniture shops, gift shops, art galleries and many more gems.
Awaiting official dates from ‘Penzance Town Council’.
With Santa arriving on a light boat, a famous Christmas lights display along with a beautiful setting, Christmas in St Ives is famous enough to speak for itself. Such a brilliant place to stay over Christmas time with plenty of places to go enjoy a Christmas shopping spree.
We’ve written all about Christmas in St Ives including their festive markets taking place in The Guildhall, Street an Pol, St Ives. taking place throughout December:
Saffron Christmas Market (Free entry)
Fri 29th November: 6am – 9pm
Sat 30th November: 10am – 5pm
Sun 1st December: 10am – 4pm
St Ives Farmers Market: Every Thursday in December: 9.30am – 2pm
There are a plethora of shops to visit, many independent, offering unique designs in clothing and jewellery, pottery, crafts, children’s clothes, toys, shoes, home accessories, food from artisan bakers and greengrocers with fresh produce, and much, much more. There are galleries, art shops, and High Street names, including Joules, Seasalt, Cath Kidston. Shop windows will be very creative as there is a competition for the best shop window display; this year the subject is The Snow Queen.
Free Parking in St Ives all day on Saturday 1st December with traffic-free shopping and street entertainment. The following car parks:
Trenwith, Park Avenue, Station, Sloop, Island, Porthmeor, Barnoon, Smeatons, Pier Furthermore, with thanks to local businessman Pete Eddy there will be free parking at Stennack Car park on:
Sat 30th November- ALL DAY FREE PARKING
Fri 6th December – FREE PARKING FROM 17.00
Sat 7th December – ALL DAY FREE PARKING