The best Christmas lights in Cornwall

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. If you’re starting to feel festive after a few mince pies, the school nativity and decorating the Christmas tree with baubles, you’ll love visiting some of our beautiful Cornish towns and villages, all festooned with twinkle lights. Here’s where to head for the best of Cornish Christmas sparkle!


The Christmas lights in Mousehole are famous all over the UK - they are the star of the show when it comes to Cornish Christmas lights. Funded by volunteers and the donations of the public, over 7,000 lights adorn the harbour and quay of this tiny fishing village. Everything from sea serpents to mermaids and churches to Christmas greetings can be seen around Mousehole. The lights are switched on at 7.30pm on 15 December, 2018.

You can even catch a Christmas showing of The Mousehole Cat while you’re visiting the village - it’s become part of a Christmas family tradition in our house!


This North Cornwall town is becoming a must visit spot for those seeking a bit of Christmas cheer. With their incredibly popular Christmas festival - replete with top culinary names - Padstow is getting a reputation for sharing the festive fun. The lights are on show until 6th January, so make sure you take the time to see this twinkling harbour town. The Christmas light displays also have special meaning as some of the lights represent those tragically lost. Pay special note to the five candles, the angel and the tree above Rojanos Restaurant. 


Not far from our home is the small village of Angarrack near Hayle where an animated 12 Days of Christmas sparkles around the small community - up on the roofs, on the side of buildings and even down by the river. Organised by the local community, visitors flock to the village year on year to find everything from the partridge in a pear tree to the twelve drummers drumming!


Truro turn their Christmas lights on in style with the glow of paper lanterns at the City of Lights parade in November. Don’t forget the beautiful Christmas tree outside the stunning Truro Cathedral. 


Boats sheltering in the harbour at Looe are bedecked with hundreds of festive lights, while displays on the harbourside create a celebration of light all around this well-loved East Cornwall village.

Lauren Webb