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