Cornwall Lights up for Christmas

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 after a rather dull Christmas last year.

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, will be side-lined for 2021. 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

With no City of Light’s procession this year, shopkeepers in Cornwall’s one and only city have come up with another way to celebrate the festive season. In shopwindows 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.

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!

Fowey gets Festive

The waterside towns lights will be turned on on November 26th to tie in with the opening of the three day Christmas Market, one of the most popular in Cornwall. The narrow streets come alive with almost 100 traders, a Santa parade, food stalls and live music.

St Austell remembers

This year will see the return of the St Austell Tree of Light. For many years a tree has been put up at the Holy Trinity Church, with a light shining out in memory of loved ones who will be missed, not just at Christmas, but always. Due to the pandemic this didn’t happen last year, but the Rotary Club who organise the tree, were determined it would be seen this year, especially after all that has happened. The tree’s lights will be switched on following a special family service at the church on Tuesday December 7th.

Meanwhile, down at Charlestown Harbour you can go on an Arctic adventure at the Shipwreck Centre, where 1000's of lights will lead you through tunnels of ice!

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, the north Cornish seaside town will be lit up with traditional lighting and will be holding several festive events, including a Christmas Day swim in the sea. But travel further into Cornwall and at Camel Creek, just outside Wadebridge, we are promissed the longest Christmas light tunnel in the South West! Stretching for 100 glittering meters, the twinkling tunnel will be adorned with 2km of 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.