Cornwall Christmas lights

What do illuminated whales, Stargazy pie and giant cats have in common? They have all been featured in some of the many spectacular Christmas light displays put on in the villages and towns around Cornwall during the festive season.

Take a wander through the winding streets of Looe, Tintagel and Mevagissey to admire the twinkly enhancements to the already breathtaking Cornish coastal villages. Make an evening of it by wrapping up against the elements and join the many locals to watch the big switch on, accompanied by, in many occasions, candlelit parades and carol services.

The first of the big switch on’s often takes place in Truro with the annual ‘City of Lights’ procession, a parade through the streets of Cornwall’s capital with paper lanterns made by local schools and community groups.

The wonderful fishing village of Mousehole is a name that is synonymous with the Christmas lights of Cornwall. They were started in 1963 by a Mousehole-based artist, and feature a stunning display of floating lights in the harbour.