Father Christmas, with his sleigh and merry elves in tow, will return to the Eden Project this festive season for a new interactive, theatrical experience.

Bookings have now opened for Eden's Christmas events, with booking as early as possible strongly advised as they always prove popular. 

On select dates from December 1, families will join Father Christmas in his cosy “log cabin” in the heart of the Eden site. There, they will be regaled with a festive story and children can post their letters to the North Pole.

As part of the 40-minute experience, each child will be given the chance to meet Father Christmas and leave with a gift they can grow for many years to come.

The return of Father Christmas is part of an unmissable festive experience at the Eden Project this Christmas which also features new after-dark, immersive music performances and light shows.

Falmouth Packet: Father Christmas returns for a new interactive experienceFather Christmas returns for a new interactive experience (Image: Eden Project)

Taking place on select evenings through December, Eden’s Rainforest Biome will be transformed into a tropical wonderland where a unique light and soundscape presentation will explore humanity’s connection to the natural world and encourage visitors to think about what nature means to them.

Meanwhile, in the Mediterranean Biome, live musicians will perform an array of Christmas classics with a 1920s jazz twist. Setting the scene throughout the Biome will be colourful twinkling lights, with a spectacular illuminated centrepiece suspended above the Citrus Grove. The 35-minute live performances will take place at 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm on each day the Christmas programme is running.

In addition, Eden’s ice rink will be dressed to include a special Christmas theme for the season and festive lights will illuminate the journey from the Visitor Centre to the Biomes.

Falmouth Packet: Ice skating makes a return againIce skating makes a return again (Image: Eden Project)

Tamsyn Lewis, Eden’s Live Events Producer, said: “Christmas is always a special and uplifting time at Eden and we’re incredibly excited for the return of Father Christmas and to share the fantastic, all-new experiences we have on offer this year.

“We can’t wait for our visitors to experience the magic of the festive season with us as we celebrate the wonder of nature and the joy of Christmas.”

Christmas at the Eden Project takes place from 5pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on December 1-3 and 8-10, and then from 5pm daily from December 14-23 and 27-30.

The Father Christmas experience takes place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on December 1-3 and 8-10, and then runs daily from December 14-24.

Bookings for the Father Christmas experience are available alongside Eden Project admission tickets, and ice skating sessions, at www.edenproject.com