Mousehole Christmas Lights
There will be an open-air Carolaire service at the entrance to the North Quay. The ‘Carolaire Choir’, comprising of the Mousehole Male Voice Choir, Members of the Mousehole Methodist Church and friends from the community together with the Pendeen Silver Band, will lead the community singing. This year the lights will be switched on by Mr William and Mrs Trudi Thomas.
If wet weather, the Carolaire service will be held in Mousehole Methodist Church
The lights will then be on each evening between 5pm and 11pm from 18th December 2016 until 7th January 2017 (With the exception of 19th Dec, when the lights will be dimmed between 8-9pm).
The Christmas lights in Mousehole are a stunning sight, with floating displays of lights in the harbour and around the streets that are filled with the aroma of mulled wine and festive food. You’ll see a fantastic display of sea serpents, fishing boats and whales colourfully lighting up one of Cornwall’s most welcoming harbours. Centrepiece is the millennium Celtic cross on St Clement Island, powered ever so greenly by a wind generator. The village is ablaze with colour whilst the lights are on and to really appreciate the displays, walk around the narrow streets and follow the winding strings of lanterns as they disappear around the corner into yet another street barely wide enough to walk through. Have a browse around the local gift shops and stop for a meal and a drink in one of village restaurants, cafes or pubs.
How can you take part?
If you are planning a visit to Mousehole to see the Christmas Lights, then be prepared as parking is very limited. You may have to park on the outskirts of the village and walk in. For nearly three weeks the famous lights are illuminated between 6pm and 11pm every evening. The organiser's website is kept up-to-date with relevant information, including details of how to get to Mousehole. It will have details of road closure/park and ride buses [Carolaire night only] much nearer to Christmas.
Did you know?
In 2014 the lights celebrated their 50th year. The Christmas lights were started in 1963 by Mousehole-based artist, Joan Gillchrest. A string of coloured bulbs were put along both quays to make the village a bit brighter at Christmas time. The largest set piece is the 'Merry Christmas / Happy New Year' which is approximately 160ft (50m) long x 20ft (6m) high and contains nearly 1000 bulbs.
This winter Mowzer comes home for Christmas!
Throughout December the Dream Team present a magical stage production of Antonia Baber’s classic children’s story, The Mousehole Cat, in the newly refurbished Solomon Browne Memorial Hall, Mousehole; the villages former pilchard works.
Following a sold-out Summer tour this re-imagined festive production will be performed entirely in the round and features a live acoustic soundtrack composed and played by local guitarist Scott Fleming.
Local families will have time to marvel at Mousehole’s spectacular Christmas lights display before taking their seats to hear how this West Cornwall village was saved from desperate famine by the brave actions of fisherman, Tom Bawcock, and his faithful cat, Mowzer. Based on a well-known Cornish legend Antonia Barber’s uniquely heart warming story of the friendship between a fearless fisherman and his devoted cat is sure to warm the cockles of your heart almost as much as a ‘efty portion of stargazy pie!
This puppet and live action production is being created by local professional theatre company the Dream Team.
The Mousehole Cat runs for three weeks from 17 December in the heart of Mousehole alongside the villages annual Christmas illuminations. This festive show lasts for approximately one hour allowing families to soak up the atmosphere of Cornwall’s most famous Christmas light display and enjoy a live performance all in one evening.
More info and ticket booking details visit www.dreamteamtheatre.co.uk