There are some Christmassy events that lure visitors from miles around, becoming a tradition for many a family – and the Eden Winter Festival is definitely one of them. The Eden Project may be associated with summer days and blooming flowers but it sure knows how to add a sparkle to winter time, and visitors and locals make the festival a huge success year after year.
The biomes take on a festive feel as the Winter Wonderland arrives from November until January, and if you’ve never ice skated at Eden then you haven’t lived. November and December sees late opening on many days, and there’s always a programme packed with festive events for the whole family. Skating sessions at the ice rink usually run from November throughout to the start of January, and the decor has a different theme every year. There’s also an annual lantern parade that makes a beautiful sight in the infamous biomes.
Children can visit Father Christmas as the big day looms closer and children can even explore his base when he’s returned to the North Pole. Cornwall never lets the foodies amongst us down and the Eden Winter Festival is no exception, expect seasonal food and drink to warm your cockles when you visit. There are story sessions for the little ones, as well as workshops to help get them in the mood with some festive crafts – so the festival is just as much fun for the youngsters as mum and dad.
The prices for everything (except for ice skating sessions) are included in the usual admission price, and if you’re looking for something different during the Christmas holidays it can always be found at the Eden Project.