As the biggest tourist attraction in Cornwall, the Eden Project always offers something special for visitors at Christmas.
This year a spectacular new show will transform the iconic biomes and grounds at the Eden Project near St Austell into a magical landscape of lights and music.
Giant light projections will create a moving sea of colour across the slopes of the outdoor gardens while the spirit of Christmas will be brought to life through light installations and musical performances in the Biomes. On performance days this son et lumiere spectacle takes place between 5pm and 8pm and is free for all visitors.
Father Christmas will also be setting up camp with his merry band of elves between November 24 and Christmas Eve. There are letters to sort, presents to deliver, and a very important sleigh to prepare and you can see behind the scenes in Santa’s cosy tent including the elves’ bunkbeds, the pigeonholes full of children’s letters, and all the stockings laid out ready for the big day.
After settling down for a story beside an open fire, each child can enjoy a special moment with the man in red. You will need to book for this experience and there are several relaxed sessions for a more informal encounter, developed with the Sensory Trust.
Another firm festive favourite is the ice rink at Eden which is open from the festive season until February with a number of different sessions every day to suit all ages.
Ice skating sessions and visits to see Father Christmas are in addition to the normal Eden entry (which offers a full day of things to see and do) and can be booked online by visiting edenproject.com.