Christmas Events in Cornwall at Bodmin Jail


Step into a Dickensian wonderland this holiday season as Bodmin Jail transforms into a haven of festive delight. Our historic walls, steeped in centuries of history, come alive with the spirit of Christmas as we invite you to embark on a Yuletide journey like no other.


This December, Bodmin Jail's historic courtyard transforms into a winter wonderland as we proudly present the Frost Fair—a Christmas market like no other. 

Explore rows of charming alpine huts adorned with handmade gifts, twinkling ornaments, and seasonal treats. Discover one-of-a-kind treasures crafted by local artisans, perfect for finding that special holiday gift or a treat for yourself.

Indulge your taste buds with a delectable array of festive treats. From traditional mince pies to mouth watering street food, our Frost Fair offers a culinary journey through the flavors of the season. Sip on warm mulled wine or hot chocolate as you soak in the joyful atmosphere.

The historic backdrop of Bodmin Jail's courtyard, adorned with twinkling lights and festive decorations, will transport you to a world of holiday enchantment. 

The Frost Fairs opens from 8th December 2023 and will run daily from 11.00am - 8.00pm on weekdays & 11.00am - 7.00pm on weekends.


Get up close and personal with 2 of Santa's reindeer! These gentle creatures, straight from the North Pole, will be right here at Bodmin Jail every weekend throughout December, ready to make your holiday season truly memorable.

From 2 PM to 5 PM, you and your family will have the unique opportunity to spend time with Ted and Rudi. 


This holiday season, Bodmin Jail proudly presents an immersive experience that will transport you straight into the heart of Charles Dickens' timeless masterpiece - 'A Christmas Carol.' Join us as we bring to life the enchanting world of Scrooge and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

Encounter the ethereal Ghost of Christmas Past, who will unveil the memories and regrets of Scrooge's early life. Then, meet the bustling Ghost of Christmas Present, who will show you the joy and sorrow of the present day. Finally, prepare to face the solemn Ghost of Christmas Future, who will reveal the consequences of one man's choices.


This December, Bodmin Jail is proud to bring you a musical treat that will get your holiday spirits soaring. Every weekend, between 2 PM and 5 PM, join us in the courtyard as the talented Bodmin Town Band serenades you with your all-time favorite Christmas tunes.

Picture yourself surrounded by the historic charm of Bodmin Jail, under the open sky, as the sweet sounds of brass instruments and cheerful melodies fill the air. The Bodmin Town Band is here to create a festive atmosphere that will warm your heart and set the perfect mood for the holidays.


This year the spirit of Christmas returns to Bodmin Jail with Carols in the Courtyard kicking off the winter festivities.  

Join in with the award-winning Male Loveny Choir as they perform a set of traditional carols against the backdrop of the spectacular courtyard.

This special evening will also see the opening of the Christmas Market, with Santa’s reindeer making an appearance and face painters on hand to put a Yuletide twinkle on faces young and old. 

With mince pies, hot chocolate and mulled wine on offer, you’d be a Scrooge to miss it. And you never know, it might snow!


This December Bodmin Jail invites you to take a festive jaunt through the Victorian period as we meet the naughty or nice of the 1800s. With a focus on Christmas crimes and criminals, this NEW seasonal tour will take you from debtors’ jails to the workhouses, the impact of Charles Dickens on the plight of the poor and the public fascination with a Christmas execution.

Discover that it wasn’t just stockings that were hung at Yuletide nor was goodwill shown to all people, but that even in the depth of a Victorian winter a little Christmas cheer could still be found.