Nadelik Lyskerrys – a Liskeard Cornish Christmas 2023

Saturday 9th December is going to be the day when Liskeard comes together to celebrate the festive season. During the day there will be lots of great events to get you in the festive mood including a Christmas Tree Festival, craft fairs, Santa’s Grotto and our free Family Cornish Christmas Trail which ends with a Cakey Tea Treat for all at the Library.

Then from 5.30pm there will be a masquerade lantern parade and the Christmas tree Lights will be switched on followed by projection mapping on the library, a fireworks display and music and dancing under the Cattle Market canopy.

Many of the local traders are staying open until 7.30pm so why not make a day of it and do some Christmas shopping at the same time.

Family Trail – Learn some Cornish and Cakey Tea

9th December 10am – 1pm (last start time 12.30pm) at Stuart House, Barras Street, Liskeard, PL14 6AB.

All local families are very welcome to take part in the free Cornish Christmas family trail around Liskeard, starting from Stuart House and ending with a free cakey tea at Liskeard Library.


Liskeard Lights Up!

9th December, 5.30pm for procession, 6.10pm for Christmas Tree Lights Switch On. The Procession starts at the Cattle Market. 

At 5.30pm there will be a masquerade lantern parade and the Christmas tree Lights * will be switched at approximately 6.10pm followed by a fireworks display.

* the main town lights will be switched on on Saturday 25th November

History of Liskeard Lightshow

9th December, 6.30pm Liskeard Library (outside), Barras Street, PL14 6AB.

After the lights switch on Liskeard Library will be projecting a lightshow celebrating the history of Liskeard over the past 200 years and the bicentenary of Passmore Edwards on to the front of the building, this will be followed by activities and refreshments inside.

Music and Dancing

9th December from 6.45pm

There will be festive music and dancing under the Cattle Market canopy

Finish celebrating this Christmassy night with music and dance at this FREE event – everyone is invited!

Also Happening in Liskeard on Saturday 9th December

Christmas Tree Festival

9th December, 10 am-1pm at Liskeard Methodist Church, Windsor Place, Liskeard, PL14 4BL

Come and see the beautifully decorated trees and the church lit for Christmas.

Gans Kerensa Winter Exhibition

9th December, 10am-1 pm at Liskeard & District Museum, Foresters Hall, Pike Street, Liskeard, PL14 3JE.

Gans Kerensa means ‘with love’ in Cornish. Liskeard & District Museum have a new seasonal display including vintage Christmas cards, winter crafts and festive events.  Free entry.

Christmas Fair and Open Evening at Stuart House

9th December 9.30am – 7pm.  Stuart House, Barras Street, Liskeard, PL14 6AB.

Stuart House will be open all day hosting the Family Cornish Christmas trail in the morning, there will be a Christmas craft fair and they will be staying open until late serving Hot Mulled Fruit Juice and Mince Pies.

Pop in and warm up while enjoying the new Lights in Liskeard!

Gans Kerensa – Dickensian Christmas Tales – Creative Writing Workshop

9th December, 10 am-12pm at Liskeard & District Museum, Foresters Hall, Pike Street, Liskeard, PL14 3JE

Write like Charles Dickens and create your own Christmas creeper. An inclusive workshop for all writers and would-be writers (16 years +). It is an opportunity to explore your ideas in a relaxed, supportive environment.  Workshop delivered by an experienced facilitator and qualified teacher.

Booking for the workshop is essential – all bookings need to be made via Liskeard Tourist Information Centre. [email protected] 01759 349148.

Local Produce Market with Christmas Theme

9th December, 10am-1pm at The Cattle Market, Fairpark Road, Liskeard, PL14 4BA.

Local Food and Craft Market. Held every 2nd Saturday of the month, this week’s market will be the last one before Christmas. This market has some brilliant things on sale, from local honey, local chillies, cheese and garlic – lots of bits for your favourite foodie. Find wonderful local handmade gift for all your loved ones.

Liskeard Lions Santa 

9th December , 10am – 4pm at Morrisons, Plymouth Road, PL14 3PR.

Santa will be at Morrisons with Liskeard Lions – pop along for a visit and see the big man himself!

Come and Visit Father Christmas 

9th December, 11am-4pm at Fat Frog Café, 6 Market Street, PL14 3JJ.

Father Christmas is visiting the Fat Frog on Saturday 9th (and Saturday 16th) December.

£5 per child, which includes a present, milkshake and raffle ticket!

Liskeard of Olde

9th December 11.30am-2.30pm plus Late Night Shopping

Fore Street will be full of fun and entertainment on Saturday with chestnuts roasting on an open fire, festive singing, bell ringing, stilt walking and jugglers. Plus Christmas music and snow! And keep an eye out for Spiderman and Elsa…

Most of the traders in town will be staying open until 7.30pm on the 9th (plus every Thursday in December) so make sure you support them and pop in to do your Christmas shopping while you are in town.

Fireworks Display 

9th December approximately 6.15pm

After the masquerade lantern parade and switching on of the town’s Christmas tree lights there will be a fireworks display organised by Liskeard Traders Association which will be visible from The Parade.

Back in the lockdown Christmas of 2020, Kana Nadelik, our annual Cornish singing sessions had to move online, but with the help of Rosie Fierek they were very successful and the final song can be seen below.

The song is Kana Kelyn Kelyn Oh (Sing Holly Holly Oh!), a traditional local carol collected in Callington in 1924 and now sung each year in Liskeard. The singers recorded themselves singing against a backing track which was then edited together by Kate McPherson.

Thanks to Feast, Cornwall Council, Arts Council England and Liskeard Town Council for the funding for this project.