Cornwall Life - - COUNTRYSIDE LIFE -

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.

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