As we unpack our decorations and dust off the Christmas wreaths the county springs to life with lots of festive things to see and do. One spectacle that is not to be missed is the vast array of Christmas light displays smattered across Cornwall from towns and villages to cottages and harbours there are many fabulous shows to see on foot or from the warmth of a car.
The most famous festive display is that of Mousehole, near Penzance – a 50 year old harbourside light display running from 12th December to 2nd January where lights adorn boats, houses and harbour walls in the shape of serpents, whales and more. Wander through the gorgeously quaint village streets to see all the displays the village has to offer; stopping for mulled wine and some stargazey pie at one of the pubs to warm up.
On the way home drive through the village of Angarrack, near Hayle once home to the famous actress Kate Winslet, and renowned for its spectacular 12 days of Christmas light display where you can seek out twelve lords a leaping and a partridge in a pear tree.
Another spectacle is that of Padstow’s light display which has been going since the 70’s to not only celebrate Christmas but remember those lives lost at sea; pop by this weekend to catch the light display and explore Cornwall’s biggest Christmas food festival which attracts numerous famous chefs, artisan products, crafts from all over the county and over 30,000 visitors.
Nearly all towns and of course the county’s city of Truro are adorned with Christmas lights at this time of year, each offering their own festivities such as Santa’s grotto, carols around the tree, parades and the traditional grand switch on at the start of December.