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Mousehole harbour Christmas lights display

These Christmas lights in Cornwall are some of the best festive displays you’ll see this festive season!

We have picked our top 7 Christmas lights in Cornwall to go and see this year.

Lots of displays and switch ons couldn’t go ahead last year, so it’s fantastic to see so many returning.

Some of these Cornish Christmas light switch ons and displays have been running for decades and are enveloped in tradition.

From choirs and carols, to coastal themed illuminatinons and fancy dress competitions. There’s a variety of Cornwall Christmas lights to see!

Read on to find out our favourite Christmas lights in Cornwall 2021…


  1. Falmouth Christmas Lights Switch On
  2. Penzance Christmas Light Switch On & Festive Market
  3. Angarrack Christmas Lights
  4. The Big Light Switch On in Fowey
  5. Polperro Christmas Lights Switch On 2021
  6. 6. Christmas Lights Switch On at Cadgwith
  7. 7. Mousehole Harbour Lights

1. Falmouth Christmas Lights Switch On

This is a brilliant Cornwall Christmas lights event for all the family in Falmouth.

The evening starts when school children of the town’s schools gather on Events Square with lanterns of all colours.

The parade continues through the town and finishes on The Moor. The schools perform Christmas songs before the big light switch on.

Date: Thursday 25th November

Time: 5pm lantern parade, 7pm light switch on

More information: Falmouth Christmas Lights


2. Penzance Christmas Light Switch On & Festive Market

Penzance town is transformed into a world of festive fun this year with a theme of ‘Light it Up’.

This Cornwall Christmas lights switch on is accompanied by a ‘Pirate Light Christmas Trail’ and a Christmas Window Competition between the town’s businesses.

There will be street entertainment and music throughout the town all day.

Date: Saturday 27th November

Time: 2pm to 7pm, 5:15pm light switch on

More information: Love Penzance


3. Angarrack Christmas Lights

Swans in lights at Angarrack Christmas Lights.

These Christmas lights in Cornwall are some of the best in the region!

The Angarrack Christmas lights display is an homage to the twelve days of Christmas. It features lights designed and built right in Angarrack.

The eleven pipers piping are 20m wide and nearly 10m tall!

Catch the lights being switched on for the first time on the first Saturday in December. The lights will then stay illuminated between 5pm and 10:30pm every day until the Twelfth Night.

Date: Thursday 4th December to Wednesday 5th January

More information: Visit Cornwall


4. The Big Light Switch On in Fowey

This Cornwall Christmas lights switch on coincides with the Fowey Christmas Market.

At least 80 quality regional traders display handmade crafts and locally produced food and drink, as well as shops selling high quality items.

The market opens on Friday and the lights will be switched on in the evening.

Warm up afterwards with a glass of mulled wine or a hot chocolate from one of the many food stalls.

Date: Friday 26th November

Time: Entertainment from 6pm, lights switch on 7pm

More information: Fowey Christmas Market 


5. Polperro Christmas Lights Switch On 2021

Polperro will be putting on a themed Christmas lights switch on this year!

The theme is ‘Christmas Carol’ and there will be a Victorian costume fancy dress competition for adults and an anything-goes fancy dress competition for kids.

There will be music and carols from the Polperro Fisherman’s Choir, The Rock Choir and St Pinnock Band.

Date: Saturday 4th December

Time: Event starts from 1:30pm, lights switch on at 6pm

More information: Polperro Christmas Lights Switch On 2021 event page 


6. Christmas Lights Switch On at Cadgwith

These Christmas lights in Cornwall bring the festive spirit to the small fishing village of Cadgwith.

Cadgwith lies on the Lizard Peninsula and the illuminations take inspiration from the village’s surroundings.

Expect boats, crabs, octopi, and other marine life lit up.

There will be live music from Graeme Mathieson at the Cove Inn.

Date: Saturday 4th December


7. Mousehole Harbour Lights

Mousehole Christmas lights.

The Mousehole Harbour Lights are probably the most famous Christmas lights in Cornwall.

This Cornwall Christmas lights event has been running for over 50 years, beginning all the way back in 1963.

Traditionally, the lights are switched on during a large ceremony, which welcomes over 30,000 visitors.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, this year the lights will have a ‘Soft Switch On’, so each display will be lit as and when they are ready.

All displays should be lit by mid-December, so it’s well worth visiting to witness the spectacular displays.

Not only is the village Of Mousehole illuminated but so too is the hillside and harbour, with giant boats and sea creatures glowing on the water.

More information: Mousehole Lights


Enjoy these wonderful Christmas lights in Cornwall on a winter getaway! It’s not too late to book yourself a Christmas break in Cornwall.

Discover a host of Christmas markets in Cornwall too, finding quality products from artisan makers all around the region.

Make your festive season a special one this year and book a holiday with Cornish Cottage Holidays.


Image credit: Alex LiivetCC BY 2.0