It may have only been the 30th November, but last night we went to Christmas at Eden and it was magical. When our boys were little, they used to call any trip out of the house after dark ‘a night time adventure’ and that’s definitely what last night felt like.
Unusually for Cornwall, snow lined the paths on the walk down towards the biomes. They were lit up in a rainbow of colours which really stood out against the starry night sky. We went to the Rainforest biome first and it was absolutely breath-taking. With atmospheric music and incredible lights, it felt like we had stepped into another world. Our boys loved it too. Even though we regularly go to The Eden Project, it felt like were all seeing it for the very first time. The Mediterranean biome also had music and lights, but the vibe was completely different. There was a live band of nine talented musicians in there who were playing classic Christmas songs. The amazing light and music experience is included in your admission ticket – although do check what times and days it is on. You can check when everything is on here.
Next we headed over to the ice rink for our ice skating session. This is the second year we’ve been, and we all loved it. My youngest used one of the penguins provided for stability but my eldest was determined to do it himself this time. The ice skating rink is open until February 2024 and there is an additional charge for it. They also offer skate lessons. You can find out more about the ice skating at Eden here.
After that we went to the cafe by the ice rink to get some hot food and warm up with luxury hot chocolates topped with cream and marshmallows. Our boys chose the grass fed burgers with sourdough buns, I had the Greek inspired halloumi wrap and my husband opted for the loaded chicken chipotle fries. They also sell a range of cakes and other food and drinks. There is another cafe in the Mediterranean biome, a couple in between both biomes and one at the entrance too. All the food was delicious and after we’d eaten, we went to meet Father Christmas and his elves.
Father Christmas was in a new, bigger log cabin just outside of the ice rink this year. It felt incredibly magical being inside – the decorations were just amazing. To be honest, the whole 40 minute experience was brilliant – especially Santa’s entrance down the chimney! It began with a show with the elves and Father Christmas which our boys both enjoyed. The theme this year was about giving and the importance of plants. I was also impressed that parts of the show were signed to make it more accessible. Afterwards we got to meet Father Christmas, make pledges to help power his sleigh and play games with the elves. The boys each got a gift from Santa too. You can find out more about meeting Father Christmas at Eden and book tickets here.
After an unforgettable evening it was time to go home. We all had a good mooch in the shop on the way out as it’s stocked with all kinds of ethical goodies, perfect for a spot of Christmas shopping.
I highly recommend Christmas at Eden – my family all had a brilliant time and we all came away feeling happy and festive.
Our tickets were complimentary but all views and opinions are my own.
A mum of two, Naomi Jones is a freelance editor and author. You can find out more about her on her website: www.naomiandjamesjones.com
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