25 reasons to spend Christmas in Cornwall

There are just a few weeks until Christmas. That's just a few weeks to plan the dinner, buy the presents, wrap the presents, invite the dinner guests, plan the food, decorate the tree.....

And that's before you even begin the food shopping. Queuing for hours in the supermarkets, fighting over the last bag of sprouts, searching for a parking space....

Imagine instead waking up in a beachside apartment in Cornwall. A luxury apartment where the Christmas tree is already decorated and the food is already bought, delivered and put away.

All the worry is taken away, leaving you to enjoy the festive season with your family.

A week in an Ocean Blue apartment, spending Christmas in Cornwall, might just be the best way to spend your festive season this year, but if you need a few more reasons to really swing it, here are 25 to get your started:

25 reasons to spend Christmas in Cornwall

mince pies with clotted cream in Cornwall
1. You haven't tasted real Christmas until you've tasted a mince pie with Rodda's clotted cream on top - yum yum

2. Head down to the National Trust Trengwainton Estate and enjoy the beautiful gardens by candlelight on the annual festive lantern walk.

3. Visit the Mousehole Christmas lights, lighting the tiny seaside village of Mousehole from early December, and enjoy some of the best festive lights around

4. Brave a very Cornish tradition, and join in a Christmas day or Boxing day swim. Brace yourself for a serious case of ice-cream head, eased by a brandy-laced hot chocolate afterwards

5. Experience a packed weekend of festive entertainment, food and drink along with some beautiful unique Christmas gifts, at the Fowey Christmas market.

Hassle free holiday:

6. Avoid the worries about broken bulbs and tangled Christmas lights by having your Christmas tree decorated ready for your arrival at the apartment

Christmas in Cornwall
7. Wrap up warm and hit the beach for a Christmas day walk along the sand just outside your apartment - watch the waves, smell the salt water, feel the spray on your face and listen to the crashing waves - the perfect way to work up an appetite before your Christmas lunch

8. Late night shopping in the city of Truro is a real treat for the senses, with the twinkling lights, delicious local foods and handmade craft stalls to explore

9. Let Ocean Blue take care of your food worries with a festive Cornish food hamper on arrival. Your hamper is packed with all the essential ingredients for the perfect Christmas, from the turkey, veg and roast potatoes to the added extras such as dessert, snacks and drinks

10. Admire Cotehele's Christmas flower garland, made up of around 30,00 individual flowers and draped around the great hall of the historic house near Saltash

Make magical memories:

11. Feed the reindeer and meet Santa at Eden's magical Winter festival, with story-telling, creative crafts and the most amazing setting in mid-Cornwall

Padstow Christmas market 2015
12. Sample the warm mulled wine and the wonderful Padstow hospitality at the Padstow Christmas Festival, held every December on the harbour-side

13. Indulge in a Christmas dinner pasty, made with all your favourite flavours from a traditional Christmas dinner, served in a delicious freshly made Cornish pasty! What's not to love?

14. Sing your heart out at one of the many traditional Christmas carol services, held around Cornwall throughout December (one of our favourites is the service at Truro Cathedral in December).

15. Get in the festive spirit and make your own Christmas crackers, putting shells, pebbles and driftwood found on the beach inside as surprise gifts.

16. You might not see snow but you can build a snowman out of sand on the beach right outside your apartment.

Enjoy award-winning Cornish food & drink:

17. Make clotted cream fudge to leave out for Santa - he loves it when it's made with Rodda's Cornish Clotted Cream and washed down with a little Cornish cider

reasons to spend Christmas in Cornwall
18. Write "Merry Christmas" in the sand on Treyarnon Bay beach, just a few steps from the Ocean Blue apartments

19. Explore the coastline around Cornwall and take a walk through Poldark country outside the main season when you won't see another person for miles

20. Sip mulled wine in Pucelli's Italian restaurant watching the twinkling Christmas lights over Padstow harbour

christmas crafts using pinecones
21. Get crafting with some pinecones from the local woodlands and make your own festive owls to hang on the tree

22. Support the local breweries by sampling some real Cornish ales such as the Skinner's Brewery Christmas Fairy or St Austell Brewery's Jolly Holly ale

23. Hit the shops and buy up some of Cornwall's fabulous festive fare to take home with you and enjoy over New Year

24. By the time Santa reaches Cornwall he's on the home straight, so has extra time to check he leaves all the best presents under your tree - get in!

25. See in the New Year watching the spectacular fireworks display from Newquay Harbour

Want to be part of it? Now is the time to reserve your ideal apartment for Christmas and New Year so contact the Ocean Blue Office today or check availability and book online now.

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