Make a day of it
Padstow is a hidden gem, once a quiet fishing port Padstow has more recently become a booming tourist destination and when you see it yourself, you will understand why.
Padstow itself has an array of great shops, art galleries and cafes, with views of the harbour. While it may be at its most popular in the height of summer, Christmas in Padstow is a very special period. Mid December is the time for late night Christmas shopping when local bands, street buskers, and carolers take to the streets, with many shops and pubs offering mulled wine and snacks.
If ever you fancy a change, there is always the water taxi from Padstow, across the estuary, to Rock, for more shops and restaurants, which runs from March through to October. Or you could sail there yourself, if you have your own boat or you’re a member of Padstow Sailing Club.