The Festive Hitlist
Soak up the magic of an island Christmas with these suggestions for a perfect festive escape on Tresco.
Sing your heart out at our festive carol service
Our favourite tradition, head to St. Nicholas Church on Christmas Eve for a jolly service of carols and lessons.
Raise a Christmas Day glass
Join the islanders for a midday drink on Christmas Day – usually held at the New Inn, it’s a lovely opportunity to gather with the community and wish each other a merry Christmas.
Brace yourself for a Boxing Day Walk
Where better to get out in the elements for a festive family walk? We love the coastal path around the rugged north end – great for wave watching. Or comb the beaches along the eastern coast for something more sheltered.
Christmas shopping – Tresco style!
Tresco Stores opens for a few hours on Christmas Eve – grab a trolley and a glass of sherry (provided!) as you find any last-minute festive eats. Gallery Tresco often opens too, great for gifting.
Dance the night away at New Year’s Eve
Hit the dancefloor at the New Inn and welcome in the New Year – complete with live music often from one of Scilly’s local bands and a countdown to midnight!
Count the flowers in the Abbey Garden
You’ll find more plants in bloom in our little subtropical corner of the country than anywhere else in the UK during winter. Head to the Abbey Garden for a taste of exotica – we’ll sometimes hold a New Year’s Day flower count too!
Relax amongst the preparations
Switch off at the island spa with a calming treatment amongst your Christmas Day prep. An island Christmas is typically less stressful than the usual mainland affair, and with some carefully coordinated time-out it can be positively blissful!