Cornwall Lights up for Christmas

Truro's Christmas lights

From twinkling harbours to brightly lit festive characters, the dark nights of winter will be chased away this year as many of Cornwall’s festive illuminations return to lead us into 2023.

Mousehole Lights

Quite simply the ‘leading lights’ of Christmas displays, this fishing village in the far west is Cornwall’s brightest star. From modest beginnings it has gained legendary billing in Cornwall’s festive calendar, boasting an amazing 7000+ twinkling bulbs depicting the likes of sea serpents, whales and fishing boats in a myriad of colours across the harbour. Sadly, like many organisations, Mousehole Harbour Lights suffered financial losses during the restrictions imposed in 2020 and as a result some of the displays which incur high fixed costs, such as the cost of scaffolding, may be side-lined for 2022. It is intended however, that most of the much loved displays in and around the harbour will be erected and illuminated with local people and visitors being welcomed as usual.

Truro’s Reindeer Trail

In shop windows all around the city Illuminated reindeers will be taking pride of place and the challenge is to find them all! At the same time the city will be lit up as usual, including new festive lighting in Truro’s beautiful Victoria Gardens which been transformed into a Christmas haven with free festive entertainment for you to enjoy every Wednesday evening leading up to Christmas.

Angarrack’s 12 Days of Christmas

The village of Angarrack is tucked away off the A30 and often missed by those heading to St Ives or Land’s End. This all changes in the lead up to Christmas when the villages home built illuminations tell the story of the Twelve Days of Christmas. This includes eleven pipers piping, a display 20m wide and nearly 10m tall. The twelve drummers drumming are equally impressive and the six swans do actually appear to swim down the village stream!

Tunnel Vision

Talking of tunnels, it was a great idea, and put Bude on the map for a while, but sadly the decision to light up the local supermarket's walkway this Christmas won’t happen. Despite this, there are plenty of other places in Cornwall to lose yourself in a festive lair of lights! Down at Charlestown Harbour you can go on an adventure at the Shipwreck Centre, where 1000's of lights will lead you through tunnels of ice! Just up the road at the Eden Project visitors will be transported to an enchanted forest world in the Rainforset Biome. Down in the far west, Trengwainton Gardens have enclosed the walled gardens and orchard under the warm glow of strings of fairy lights.

Midwinter Madness?

Penzance celebrates mid-winter, and the coming of longer days, in spectacular fashion on December 21st. The Montol festival sees all sorts of strange, masked characters take to the streets, playing tunes and dancing from midday till late into the night when a large bonfire is set alight. It’s not a place for the fainthearted and old St Nick stays well clear.