Part of the fun of Christmas is the anticipation and build-up to this big celebration. Take time to spend quality time with family and friends and attend one of these great events. After the Christmas switch-on there are Christmas Markets everywhere.

Liskeard Lights Up for the Christmas season

You won't want to miss the annual carnival of huge lanterns which is part of a day of fun at the Liskeard Lights Up Festival. Usually held on the first Saturday in December, this year it is actually taking place on Saturday 30 November 2013.

There's an outdoor market, carols singers, face painting and entertainment before the lantern parade, Christmas lights switch-on and fireworks. Check out the local pubs and hostelries from a local point of view and enjoy some pre-Christmas fun as Liskeard Lights Up for the Christmas season.

Godolphin Christmas near Helston has a living Nativity

The 700-year-old estate of Godolphin puts on carols, crafts and more for its traditional Godolphin at Christmas event from 1-15 December 2013.

Learn to make the perfect mince pie, handcraft a tree decoration and enjoy drinking in the atmosphere of this historic home, which is traditionally decorated for Christmas.

Padstow Christmas Festival where chefs come out to play!

The four-day long Padstow Christmas Festival attracts top chefs from all over the UK from 5-8 December 2013. Lead by father-and-son duo, Rick and Jack Stein, this event is all about creating great food and drink for the Christmas season.

Once you've been inspired by the chef demonstrations, pick up fresh seafood and Cornish produce from the Christmas Market. A carol concert and lantern parade also feature high on the programme during this food-themed Padstow Christmas Festival.

Santa by Steam at Bodmin and Wenford Railway delights all ages

Starting on 7 December 2013 and running on all pre-Christmas weekends in December, the Santa by Steam is a delight for all ages. While youngsters get plenty of time to visit Santa in his mobile grotto and pick up their goodie bag, adults can relax with complimentary mince pies and a hot drink.

Enjoy the nostalgic rhythm and clatter of this restored steam railway adventure which runs through some hilly Cornish terrain around Bodmin Moor as part of this family-friendly Santa by Steam event.

Truro Victorian Christmas Market makes shopping a pleasure

If you're stuck for what to buy the relative who has everything, take a trip to the Truro Victorian Christmas Market which runs from 10-15 December 2013. Set up in heated marquees on Lemon Quay, stallholders are by invitation only and are obliged to dress in Victorian attire and sell high quality goods.

It's a relaxing way to pick up unusual and relatively inexpensive gifts from this themed Christmas Market and you can order your Christmas meat from the local butchers stalls while you're there.

Rivers Of Fire at the Montol Festival in Penzance

Penzance is a great place to find a wealth of Cornish legends and cultural history, not least at the Montol Festival. It takes place from 16-21 December 2013.

The Montol Festival ends with lantern processions known as Rivers of Fire and the traditional chalking and burning of a Cornish Yule Log. You'll certainly never see anything quite like the Penzance Montol Festival anywhere else!

Sample Stargazy Pie at Tom Bawcock's Eve in Mousehole

Join in remembering a local Mousehole man on Tom Bawcock's Eve (December 23rd). This 16th century hero risked his life to bring in a catch so that the locals would not go hungry over Christmas. The pilchards were baked in the first ever Stargazy Pie.

Read on to learn more about the decorative Christmas lights in Mousehole, the lantern procession and what goes into Stargazy Pie as part of the unique Tom Bawcock's Eve celebrations in Mousehole.

What do you intend to do in December as a pre-Christmas treat? We'd love to hear what you get up to, perhaps as an annual family tradition. Do share!