TREVENA Cross Garden Centre has revealed the dates of its hugely popular Christmas grotto for 2023.

Over the past few years, Santa’s Grotto at Trevena has been one of the 'must-see' attractions during the festive period. 

The team at Trevena have made a start preparing behind the scenes to ensure that the grotto lives up to expectation and memories of previous grottos. This year, it is being built from scratch by Trevena Cross owner, Graham Jeffery.

Falmouth Packet: Trevena Cross Garden Centre Santa's Grotto Trevena Cross Garden Centre Santa's Grotto (Image: Trevena Cross Garden Centre)Graham said: “The past few years since Covid hit have been challenging to navigate.

“We have done our best to provide families with plenty of free photo opportunities and entertainment during the festive season, but nothing can compare with our Santa’s Grotto.

“The grotto made quite a name for itself locally, pre-covid and we know it’s been missed. This year we are therefore very excited to bring it back.”

The grotto is being supported by the Rotary Club of Helston and the Lizard who will receive a proportion of the proceeds to share amongst their own nominated local charities and causes.

Falmouth Packet: The dancing penguins The dancing penguins (Image: Trevena Cross Garden Centre)It will aim to capture the magic and spirit of Christmas, and in the first three weeks of December will be joined by a Christmas market with around 25 talented local traders showcasing some of the best food, drink and crafts the county has to offer.

For £10 per child, grotto visitors will be able to take a walk through the snowy forest, encounter wonderful winter wonderland photo opportunities, festive friends and make the journey through to Santa’s Grotto, where they’ll meet Santa himself.

Upon exiting the grotto, children will be able to choose from a selection of age-appropriate gifts to complete their experience.

Falmouth Packet: The singing polar bears The singing polar bears (Image: Trevena Cross Garden Centre)Grotto dates and times:

December 2,3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22 and 23 between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

Grotto cost:

£10 per child, including gift. Adults are free.

Grotto Booking:

The Grotto opens its doors for the first time at 9.30am on Saturday December 2. All dates and times can be found on the booking site

More Information:

Christmas 2021 & 2022 saw Christmas scaled back to just Christmas displays/free photo opportunities (no grotto) and a small food and drink market on the first three weekends of December.

The penguin band and snow machine are always popular highlights for visitors in December.

The garden centre stocks thousands of Christmas trees from the end of November each year, with £25 Nordmann Firs (up to 6ft tall) the most popular choice for customers.

The shop is filled with Christmas from October time each year – lights, decorations, and everything you could need to dress the tree and home.

For the first time, grotto visits need to be pre-booked online. All dates and times can be found at with full booking information and grotto terms and conditions available at