The unassuming fishing village of Mousehole is just outside of Penzance, and a long-standing tradition sees the Mousehole Harbour Lights transform the resort into a twinkling mass of colour and illuminations throughout December.
The lights adorn everything you can think of, from each boat bobbing in the harbour, to the street lamps that line the roads and every shop front. The biggest sign measures more than 50m in length, and with 20 strings of lanterns across the harbour and the infamous flashing whale we can only say that this spectacle really has to be seen to be believed.
It’s free to visit and enjoy the lights, and they attract more than 30,000 visitors to the village every year – although they are dependent on donations from the public so please give generously while you’re there. The official switch on is usually held in the middle of December and there’s an open air carol concert to mark the occasion if the weather’s dry.
The lights become more intricate with every year as the community takes to the tradition with gusto, so visitors are treated to flashing, moving and humorous light displays everywhere they look! The displays stay until the end of the first week of January, so there’s plenty of time to make the journey to Cornwall and see the Christmas spirit at its finest.
The Mousehole Christmas Lights will be switched on on 12th December at 7pm.