5 to try: Christmas light displays
From twinkling harbours to brightly lit festive characters, Cornwall’s Christmas light displays have got it all going on! Here’s where to go to see Christmas 2018 sparkle with a Cornish twist…
Mousehole from 15th December
Quite simply the King of Christmas lights, this petite village is Cornwall’s brightest star. From modest beginnings it has become a legendary billing in Cornwall’s festive calendar boasting an amazing 7000+ twinkling blubs which cast the likes of sea serpents, whales and fishing boats in a myriad of colours across the harbour. Fuelled by the passion of volunteers and the donations of wide-eyed viewers.
Angarrack from 1st December (tbc)
Another small village with a big reputation for lights is Angarrack near Hayle where an animated 12 Days of Christmas sparkles above roof tops, on wall sides and even in rivers. A true community effort, this destination village throws its arms open to groups of rosy cheeked visitors seeking out the famous partridge in a pear tree, to the twelve drummers drumming and everything in between!
Padstow from 6th December
With a Christmas festival that attracts top names of the culinary world - not to mention 30,000 visitors - Padstow has become a bit of an expert at Christmas cheer. It's not surprising then that this north Cornwall town is a bright stop on the county's 'must-do' Christmas lights trail. Thanks to local man, Mike Fox, Padstow has been emitting a 'got-to-experience-it' festive glow since the mid-seventies. Visit before 6th January and you'll see the harbour and its knot of streets twinkling in the night sky - and as well as looking pretty the display has special meaning, for some of the lights represent those tragically lost. Take time to stop and reflect when you see the five candles, the angel and the tree above Rojanos Restaurant.
Truro from 21st November
They will be turned on in spectacular style amongst the glow of paper lanterns at the City of Lights parade in November and will continue to shine down on shoppers until the twelve night of Christmas when present buying is swapped for bargain hunting - Truro’s Christmas lights are the icing on the cake for a city bursting with festive spirit. As well as spreading seasonal goodwill, the golden lights illuminate the Christmas tree standing outside Truro Cathedral.
Looe from 7th December
Looe is another coastal town with the Christmas wow factor. Boats sheltering in the harbour are outlined in a string of lights bathing a festive glow across the water, while displays on the harbourside, bridge and rooftops create a celebration of light on either side of the town.