Mousehole Christmas Harbour Lights
Ever since I was a little kid Christmas really arrived when we went to see the Christmas Harbour lights at Mousehole. In those days it was the only place I knew of, outside of London, that actually had Christmas lights and it used to be a real treat to go and see them.
This year lights are switched on, on the 13th of December and remain on till the 3rd of Jan. They are on daily between 5.30pm and 11pm, only dimming on the 19th in memory of the men from the Penlee Lifeboat, which on the 19th December 1981 while out on a rescue mission, was lost with all hands. A disaster that touched everyone from West Cornwall one way or another. I still remember that awful night and my father pointing out the horizontal rain as we drove home from a family meal at the Trewellard Meadery in Pendeen.
These days the display, which has been going for 51 years, has grown out of the harbour and stretches throughout the town’s tiny winding streets and up the hillside where Father Christmas and his Reindeer can be seen flying by.
The display is well worth the 20 minute drive from St Ives, the shops are open, there are street venders out and if you get a little peckish, Mousehole is well known for its selection of gastro pubs and restaurants which all overlook the harbour and the festive light displays.
For more information you can go to the official Mousehole Harbour Lights website: http://www.mouseholelights.org.uk/