Harbour Lights

Celebrating 55 Years of Festive Illumination in Mousehole

There are only 12 days until Christmas, but you only have to wait until Saturday to get into the festive spirit in Cornwall with the 55th annual Mousehole Harbour Lights.

Best known for its sandy harbour and the Cornish sunshine that draws hundreds of visitors to its coast during the summer months, the small fishing villages keeps aglow in the winter with its special light display, which will be switched on this Saturday, December 15th.

Made possible by a group of hardworking volunteers, the Mousehole Harbour Lights Committee has been dedicated to filling the village with Christmas spirit since 1963 with their ultimate Christmas kickoff.

It all started with just a string of lights along the quays hung by local Mousehole artist, Joan Gillchrest. The display has since evolved with an estimated 7,000 bulbs hung throughout the entire harbour and fashioned into various festive sculptures.

The glimmering display will be accompanied by the voices of the Carolaire Choir to serenade you into the night. The switch on will commence at 6:30pm on December 15th and Reverend Julyan Drew will be doing the honours this year.

The fun and festivities will continue with a special puppet and live action performance of The Mousehole Cat, a heartwarming adaptation of the local legend showing at the Solomon Browne Memorial Hall.

If you can’t make it to the grand opening celebration, not to worry, the committee has set up a livestream Mousehole webcam so you can enjoy the spectacle from the comfort of your home.

You can catch the show for another two weeks and the harbour will continue to glow until January 4th. So after a day of Christmas shopping, end your evening out on the town with a hot chocolate from a harbour-side cafe and enjoy local folklore and sparkling lights.



Enjoy all the festivities in Mousehole by staying at our conveniently located luxury destination Harbour Moon. You can view more here.