Christmas has landed at National Trust places across Cornwall.

With festive markets, winter illuminations, enchanted houses, fairy tale stories, handmade garlands and seasonal food and gifts, here’s what Christmas looks, feels, sounds, smells and tastes like at their properties.

Godolphin (near Helston)

At weekends, you can relax in the house, traditionally decorated both inside and out. With carol singing and warming fires, it’s perfect for sparking that festive feeling. Christmas events include a theatre production for all the family and Christmas crafts in the pop-up tea-room. For some fresh air, a walk to the top of Godolphin Hill enjoys one of the best views over West Cornwall, and the garden is open for exploring daily (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).

Trelissick (near Truro)

After dusk, see the garden in a new light as it becomes an illuminated wonderland. The lights lead you through the garden and on into the house to warm up, where the halls are well and truly decked. Little ones can gather round Father Christmas for festive storytelling and meet his reindeer in the stables for an unforgettable Christmas experience. The craft stalls in the stables are perfect for finding some local gifts. Here you’ll also find the 'Tuck Room' selling warming soups and mulled wine. In the house, a little café tucked away in the old kitchen specialises in eggnog.

Trerice (near Newquay)

For a bit of magic this Christmas, why not head to Trerice, where the barn is filled with a sky of hundreds of handmade golden stars? Warm yourself by the fire and make tree decorations and gifts in the hayloft. Enjoy festive storytelling in the drawing room with Farther Christmas, with his familiar beard and robes of red. Local choirs perform carols under the stars and two Tudor banquets take place.

Cotehele (near Saltash)

Cotehele’s traditional 60ft long flower garland this year is the biggest and best yet, with flowers collected from across the estate adorning the Tudor hall. For the first time, Cotehele Mill is decorated for a Victorian family Christmas with a trail, crafts, dressing up and Mother and Father Christmas bringing festive fun. The Barn Restaurant has a tasty winter menu, including traditional roast turkey Christmas lunches, and the Edgcumbe tea-room on Cotehele Quay offers warming, seasonal dishes.

Lanhydrock (near Bodmin)

You can see the past come alive in splendour at Lanhydrock this Christmas. Inspired by a masked ball at Lanhydrock in 1893, the formal garden and house are adorned with decorations and costumes influenced by the original guests of the fancy-dress ball. Have fun with the servants on their night off in the kitchen, visit Father Christmas and pose in a real Victorian carriage. For festive food and shopping, the gift shop, plant centre and bookshop are filled with gift ideas and Stables Tea-Room and Park Café have tasty treats.

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