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20 November 2015

Christmas in Cornwall: Mousehole Lights

What better way to spend a cold winter’s evening than with a warm glass of mulled wine, some festive treats and a stunningly beautiful Christmas light display in one of Cornwall’s most picturesque harbours?

As far as Christmas lights go, you won’t do better than the Mousehole Harbour Lights. Each December for over 40 years the village becomes an illuminated spectacle with lights not only on the cottages’ and quayside, but in the harbour, on the hillside and across St Clement’s Isle in the bay.

Made up of almost 10,000 bulbs, the big ‘switch-on’ of the lights is an event in itself – with open-air performances from local choirs and bands leading the village in a celebration of song as they countdown to the lights.

What makes Mousehole’s lights truly special are the wonderful displays scattered around the village that pay homage to Cornwall as well as the festive season itself. Take a stroll across the harbour and you’ll find that the Mousehole lights, like the village residents, are just as at home on water as they are on land. Whales, fishing boats and even mythical creatures of the deep inhabit the bay and light up the water at this special time of year. The harbour walls are light with colourful structures of churches, festive treats and Mousehole’s very own stargazy pie!


 Credit: Ian Morris