Cornish Christmas Lights 2016
Now that we are in December, the festive spirits are high as towns & cities throughout Britain light up the streets with their dazzling Christmas lights. Cornwall, being the tight-knit community that it is, strives its hardest to create some of the best Christmas lights in the country! Here are the must-see Christmas lights in Cornwall this season:
1. Helston – 9th December
As well as its standard Christmas lights ‘switch-on’, Helston is following in Truro’s footsteps by having its own Christmas Fayre and Lantern Parade on the 9th of December. The event will include live music, market stalls and a Santa’s grotto. Later in the month on the 16th of December, there will be real reindeers to see and another chance to visit Santa in his grotto. Then on the 17th, there will be an opportunity for everyone to enter the Santa’s run through Helston. This is definitely a town you’ll want to be coming back to multiple times over the festive period!
2. Angarrack – 3rd December
The Angarrack Christmas lights began in 1986 and focuses around the Twelve Days of Christmas. Historically, Angarrack did not have all of the sequence of the Twelve Days due to lack of funds. However, with a lot of passion & hard work, Angarrack’s Twelve Days of Christmas was completed in 2010 & more lights have been added with each year thanks to donations and fund raising events. Walk through the beautiful Cornish village and see if you can spot everything from the partridge to the twelve drummers.
3. Mousehole – 17th December
This year marks the 53rd anniversary of the famous Mousehole Harbour Lights. The Harbour Lights are done and run by an unpaid committee of volunteers who put their hearts & souls into ensuring that the lights are prepared for the anticipated big ‘switch-on’ each year. The switch on for 2016 will be at 7pm on 17th of December & will be accompanied by the ‘Carolaire Choir’. Last year there was an estimated 4,500 people at the carol service alone – fingers crossed numbers will exceed that this year!
4. Eden Project – 25th November ~ 30th December
On selected dates through the festive period, the Eden Project is hosting a Festival of Light and Sound: a fabulous light & colour projection, accompanied by music, which can be seen outdoors and in Mediterranean Biome. There are other Christmas activities such as Meet Father Christmas, Ice-Skating, Story-Telling, Festive Crafts & much, much more.
5. The Lost Gardens of Heligan – 5th & 19th December
From 5:30-9pm, The Lost Gardens of Heligan opens its doors to the public (with FREE entry) for everyone to see the stunning Lantern-Lit Gardens. As well as the beautiful lights, you can purchase some Christmas-inspired items, try some seasonal treats and listen to the live choirs and hammered dulcimer.
6. Trelissick – 16th ~ 23rd December
In December the beautiful National Trust gardens of Trelissick will be lit up between 4-7pm for you to enjoy a one of a kind evening stroll around the stunning grounds. The silhouetted and illuminated trees will provide a perfect backdrop for a winter wonderland of lights and colours. A really lovely romantic Christmas event for couples.
7. Penzance – 21st December
On the 12th December, Penzance is hosting its unique art & community festival known as The Montol Festival. A more unique experience, and slightly less Christmassy than others on this list, this festival was created to celebrate old Cornish traditions. The festival runs for several days and on the 21st of December there will be a large lantern parade followed by the lighting of Lescudjack Hill Fort’s beacon. There is a range of entertainment including fire performers, Guise dancing and Cornish candle dancing.
8. Truro – 23rd November
This year Truro had its wonderful and creative latern festival to mark its official Christmas Light turn on. Dubbed “The City of Lights” , this year was the 20th year of celebrations of the Lantern Festival. As well as its stunning Christmas Lights, Truro also hosts its late night shopping every Wednesday up until 21st of December – perfect to get those last minute gifts whilst treating yourself to some Christmas treats from the various stalls & food pop-ups.
There are so many things to do here in Cornwall over Christmas, including dropping by the Waymarker for some festive cheer, and more importantly proper Cornish home-cooked food. Book a sunday roast or even spend enjoy Afternoon Tea with us, Cornwall’s Best Cafe/Tearoom 2016. For more information on our events please check out our list.