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Christmas in St Agnes Parish – all the dates and times you need! – by Mahala Smith

Christmas in St Agnes Parish – all the dates and times you need! – by Mahala Smith

Christmas is a magical time of year, particularly in our parish where people of all ages come together and celebrate.

Christmas day in St Agnes is famous for everyone in the village and people from miles around spending the morning at the beach, throwing themselves into the icy sea – no wetsuits allowed! Afterwards, shivering, you’ll be rewarded with a flask of mulled wine or hot chocolate, and you’ll feel you’ve earnt a delicious Christmas dinner!

And it’s not only the Christmas day swim! If you want to see the beautiful Christmas lights switch on in St Agnes, come to Churchtown at 4.45pm on 1st December. There is something fun for all the family – carol singing and a lovely festive atmosphere, a perfect way to start the build up to the festive season.

On the 6th December (5-8pm) you can enjoy late night shopping in the village run by St Agnes Chamber of Commerce, with loads of stalls and craft activities. Whether it’s the Christmas Oggy Trail around the village, apple bobbing at Churchtown Fruit and Veg or biscuit decorating at St Agnes Bakery, there is plenty for children to do.

And don’t forget the parade from the library car park at 5.30pm, where you can watch children from St Agnes Academy carry their lanterns down to Churchtown alongside circus performers and Father Christmas himself!

See him in his grotto at the Church Hall and then enjoy some music under the Christmas Tree from the Silver Band, or warm up in the Church with the St Agnes Singers and Aggie Folk Band.

Whether you are looking in our wonderful local shops or perusing the stalls in the MMI, Church Hall and Church, it’s a great place to stock up on locally made Christmas gifts. With minced pies and a special visit from Santa, what’s not to like?

The churches in the parish all have their own festivities including Christingle, St Agnes’ popular Carolaire service on the 22nd and other carolling and Christian services within each church.

Blackwater hold their annual carol event outside the Passmore Edwards Institute on Tuesday 17th December this year, starting at 7pm with the ever-important mulled wine and minced pies.

Porthtowan also offers great festivities with a Christmas Fayre offering lantern making, face painting and many craft stalls, with, of course, another visit from Santa! The event is on Saturday 7th at 4.30pm in aid of the Porthtowan Play Park. Mount Pleasant Eco Park is also holding their popular Christmas Market this coming Sunday (1st).

And don’t forget your local shops when thinking about buying everything from gifts to Christmas Trees to your Christmas dinner – whether that features a turkey from the butchers, vegetables from our veg shops or some vegan cheese and mince pies from the Little Green Vegan Bakery. Several shops in the parish are selling real trees and many pubs and businesses are offering the opportunity to show you how to make everything Christmas-related – from your own wreath in a workshop at Driftwood Spars with Flourish and Finch to sewing your own stocking with Start to Stitch.

As well as the merry atmosphere, you can enjoy the beautiful views Cornwall has to offer throughout the Christmas period, and there’s nowhere better for a Boxing Day walk than a Cornish beach. And don’t worry, if the weather turns cold, or wet, or even snowy, all our pubs have welcoming log fires to warm you up.

Whether you live here or are simply staying in the parish this Christmas, make sure you don’t miss out on the festivities and fun and we hope to see you in the sea on Christmas Day!

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