I absolutely adore Christmas. It really is the most wonderful time if the year.

One of my favourite Christmas traditions is wrapping up warm, bundling into the car and going off to see the most famous Christmas lights in Cornwall.

If you’ve not heard of the Mousehole lights before (pronounced Mowzel), they are a must see if you’re ever in the area at this time of year.

Every year, the usually sleepy little fishing town of Mousehole is suddenly a-burst with people.

There is the delicious smell of mulled wine in the air and there is a buzzing atmosphere full of Christmas cheer.

Mousehole Lights

The whole of the harbour and adjoining streets are lit up with beautiful lights. At the top of the town there is a flashing ‘Merry Christmas’ light than can be seen from afar, and it’s so big that it gives the Hollywood sign a run for it’s money.

There are stunning floating displays in the harbour, including boats, a whale and a sea monster.

As well as traditional Christmas lights, along the harbour walls there are several lights that are taken from famous local stories, such as the beautiful Mousehole Cat and a Stargazey pie.

Mousehole Harbour Lights

The narrow cobbled streets are adorned with adorable little lanterns that guide you around the outskirts of the harbour. Evie was mesmerised by them!

Mousehole Lights Evie

In daylight Mousehole is a stunning place to visit, but at night time and with the Christmas lights, the village is even more enchanting.

The gift shops are all open, the pubs are full and the festive atmosphere makes you want to stay all night.

Mousehole Lights ChapelWe warmed up with delicious Baileys hot chocolate which was a welcome break from the chilly outdoors.

We sat in a cute little deli that overlooked the harbour and it was buzzing with people also escaping from the cold, all excitedly chatting about the lights.

Mousehole Warming Up

Evie was wowed by the pretty lights. She’s 20 months and has no idea what’s going on but she was so happy to be out past her bed time.

She ran through the streets squealing with delight, mostly because she’s so fast and found it a great game when we we’re trying to catch her.

Her favourite Christmas light was the Mousehole Cat but suddenly she kept saying ‘hi Whale’ and we soon realised she was saying hello to the light in the harbour. She has a little whale bath toy in the same colour and we were shocked that she’d made the connection. 

Mousehole Family

It was so nice to share one of my childhood traditions with my little family.

Hopefully it’s a yearly one we can continue year after year, only next year we’re going to make our visit extra special with a festive dinner and a longer stay.


Run entirely by volunteers, the scale and beauty of the lights are so impressive. They use over 10,000 lightbulbs and start preparation in September. My photos do not do them justice at all and this post is an ever more a reminder that I need to invest in a photography course.

Mousehole Lights Harbour

The lights are on for the duration of December between 5 and 11pm, apart from on 19th of December when the lights are respectively turned down between 8-9pm, in memory of the entire brave lifeboat crew who sadly lost their lives in 1981, while attempting to rescue the crew of a ship in hurricane force winds.

If you liked this post, be sure to check out our ‘10 Family Christmas Traditions To Start This Year‘.

Do you have any special lights near you? What’s your favourite Christmas tradition?



  1. December 16, 2015 / 8:19 am

    Oh how beautiful, I love seeing everyone’s Christmas traditions and Baileys hot chocolate?!?! That sounds amazing, I HAVE to try that! Thanks for hosting x

    • December 17, 2015 / 12:14 pm

      It’s so pretty isn’t it. The Baileys Hot Chocolate was so delicious. Definitely a must try even if you’re at home. x

  2. December 16, 2015 / 10:51 am

    So festive. It’s great when everyone in a whole town gets into the Christmas spirit like that. We have a small town near us that does a portion of their downtown but no where as nice. Thanks for sharing!

    • December 17, 2015 / 12:56 pm

      It’s so lovely isn’t it. It gives it such an atmosphere when everyone gets involved. xx

  3. December 16, 2015 / 12:00 pm

    This looks like a lovely place to visit. The lights are so pretty…and Evie looks like she’s having a blast. We have loads of Christmas lights in London but these seem extra special. Perhaps its the harbour that adds a bit of extra magic. #WhateverTheWeather

    • December 17, 2015 / 1:05 pm

      I adore the London Christmas lights. We always try and come up to do some Christmas shopping but haven’t made it up this year. The harbour and the sea beyond (I couldn’t capture it with my camera) looks so magical with the lights and it’s so nice to see them twinkling in the distance as you approach too. Passing boats must love them. x

  4. December 16, 2015 / 12:36 pm

    That looks like a wonderful place to visit at Christmas. I love seeing Christmas lights and my children get so excited by them. Looks so pretty!

    • December 17, 2015 / 1:06 pm

      It’s so beautiful. Definitely an unbeatable Christmas atmosphere. I just wished we’d been able to watch the switch on because they had carol singers and a lot more on. x

  5. December 16, 2015 / 4:56 pm

    Ooo…how pretty! We love going and seeing all the Christmas lights also and getting hot chocolate sounds so good. Its still so hot here in Florida that its hard to get in the mood for Christmas and hot chocolate but we do our best;) We also have a place here that prepares months in advance for their Christmas display. Its incredible! This post reminds me that we really need to go see it soon! Thanks for sharing and hosting:)

    • December 17, 2015 / 1:07 pm

      I bet Christmas in the warmth is still so magical though. I’d love to go somewhere abroad one day for Christmas. That place that prepares months in advance sounds really cool. I hope you manage to see it and post some snaps!! Merry Christmas! xx

  6. December 16, 2015 / 5:02 pm

    These lights look fantastic. Young children just love looking at lights so can imagine Evie was memorised. Good shout on the baileys hot chocolate- yum! A great tradition you have started and every year Evie will have a different reaction to the experience! #whatevertheweather

    • December 17, 2015 / 1:08 pm

      The baileys hot chocolate was absolutely delicious. I hope she enjoys the lights as she gets older, just as much as I did when I was small. It’ll be good to see her reaction as she grows. Merry Christmas to you and your family. xx

  7. December 16, 2015 / 7:22 pm

    What a beautiful little town, I love Christmas lights and wrapping up warm on a cold winters night x

    • December 17, 2015 / 1:12 pm

      It’s adorable isn’t it. We’ve been so lucky to have such a mild winter so far too. It was actually nice to have a bit of a chilly night for once so we could wrap up so snug. Merry Christmas. x

  8. December 16, 2015 / 8:20 pm

    How lovely! We nearly popped into Mousehole earlier this year but ran out of time. Looks like December might be an equally good time to visit.

    • December 17, 2015 / 1:13 pm

      It is so, so pretty in December. Definitely a must see if you’re ever in the area at this time of year. Merry Christmas. xx

  9. December 16, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    Aw, this looks so lovely… I’ll see if we have time to stop when we head to your part of the country after Christmas 🙂 Thank you for hosting #whatevertheweather

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

    • December 17, 2015 / 1:14 pm

      I hope you have a fun Christmas when you’re down. Falmouth lights are pretty magical too though! 🙂 Merry Christmas and thank you for linking. x

  10. December 17, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    Looks like a winner. Evie and her dad have the exact same expression of wonder in one of those photos! And baileys hot chocolate sound amazine. Have you tried it with cointreau? Like a drinkable Terry’s Chocolate Orange…#whatevertheweather

    • December 18, 2015 / 11:18 pm

      Haha they do have the same expression! Their expressions are the same on so many occasions. The baileys hot choccy was incredible. I have never tried it with cointreau but that sounds A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I need try that. I love Terry’s Chocolate Orange. x

  11. December 17, 2015 / 5:37 pm

    Oh what a lovely thing to do, it really does look magical #whatevertheweather

    • December 18, 2015 / 11:20 pm

      It is so magical. Such a beautiful place to go and get into the Christmas spirit. x

  12. December 17, 2015 / 8:49 pm

    Wow! This is such a wonderful family tradition you have passed on. I can imagine you drinking mulled wine with your little one when they are not so little anymore- together admiring the beautiful scene. Such a great way to spend Christmas time together. Your photos are wonderful. Thank you for sharing and I will have to pin this one for definite! 🙂 xx

    • December 19, 2015 / 7:46 am

      Aww thank you so much for pinning this. It’s so beautiful isn’t it. I can’t wait till she’s older and we can do that. It sounds so lovely. xx

  13. Kelly Robinson
    December 17, 2015 / 9:09 pm

    This whole post makes me feel warm and Christmassy. I love mousehole and have always wanted to go to the lights #whatevertheweather

    • December 19, 2015 / 7:47 am

      Aww thank you. I’m so excited for Christmas. It’s definitely worth visiting for the lights one day. Merry Christmas! x

  14. December 18, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    Aww these look fab! Love that Nessie is on holiday for Christmas! Looks like you had so much fun!

    • December 19, 2015 / 5:29 pm

      Haha Nessie is definitely enjoying the warmth of Cornwall for winter. We had so much fun, it’s such a lovely atmosphere. Thank you! xx

  15. December 23, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    It looks wonderful! What a fantastic family tradition to start. I love that there are so many different lights to spot, great for children to point out everything they can see. Evie sounds like my A, he is so fast, almost as fast as his big brother! Hope you all have a fantastic Christmas! 🙂 xx

    • December 30, 2015 / 9:48 am

      Thank you. It’s so pretty. I seriously think she’s going to be a runner! It sounds like A might be too. I hope your Christmas was lovely! xxx

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