Trelowth, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 7DT Email Us 01726 72128
Trelowth, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 7DT
Email Us 01726 72128

01726 72128

Trelowth, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 7DT

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Christmas lights in Cornwall

One of our favourite things to do over the festive season in Cornwall is visit one of the Christmas lights displays. There are some spectacular displays in towns and villages across the county, but these are our favourites.


Mousehole’s famous Christmas lights attract thousands of visitors each year. Wander the winding streets down to the harbour, where you’ll see a host of illuminations inspired by Cornwall’s maritime heritage, including  sea serpents, sailing ships and whales, all beautifully reflected in the water.

Mousehole Christmas Lights

Christmas lights at Mousehole

The lights will be switched on at 6.30pm on Saturday 15 December then will then be on each evening between 5pm and 11pm from 16th December 2018 until 4th January 2019 (except 19 December, when the lights will be dimmed 8-9pm).


The tiny village of Angarrack is transformed each year with a spectacular display of Christmas lights. The main lights are designed and made in Angarrack, and funded by donations and fundraising events in the village. Many of the lights are animated, and you can have fun spotting all ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ as you walk around the village.

Angarrack Christmas Lights, Cornwall

The lights are on from 5pm – 10.30pm every day from the beginning of December until 5th January 2019, and you can park for free in Hayle Rugby Club.

Our top tip – book tickets for Rogue Theatre’s Winter Wood, then head down to Angarrack for the lights afterwards. Read Nanny Pat’s blog to find out more.


One of our favourite places to visit at any time of the year is Cadgwith, a tiny fishing village on the Lizard. Fishing boats still go out from Cadgwith every day, and you can usually buy delicious fresh fish straight off the boat if you go at the right time of day.

Wander down from the car park in the evening at this time of year (don’t forget a torch!), and you’ll be met with a cheerful string of coloured lights and tantalising glimpses of the illuminations. As you reach the village, you’ll see the lights on higher ground either side of the harbour first. Then, as you wander down the hill, there are lights on house and shop fronts, and even strung across the sea.

Cadgwith Christmas Lights

Cadgwith’s display combines a mix of seasonally-inspired lights, including Christmas trees, angels and reindeer, and others that draw on the village’s heritage and take their inspiration from the sea – think ships and sea creatures.

If you fancy combining dinner out with a trip to see the lights, we recommend the Cadgwith Cove Inn for its food, atmosphere and super-friendly staff.

Colin Marshall’s Christmas lights, St Austell

If you’re staying at Bosinver in the run up to Christmas, make sure you pop down Colin Marshall’s house in St Austell. Colin and his wife spend weeks getting the house ready for Christmas, and is really is something to behold!

Christmas lights on Colin Marshall's house, St Austell

Planning a trip to Cornwall for the festive season this year? See our blog for more inspiration about family-friendly activities over the festive season.

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In line with the Government’s announcement on 22nd February of their proposed roadmap out of lockdown, we are hoping to be able to reopen our doors to guests in April (at the earliest 12th April).

We will be in touch with any guests affected by the roadmap timetable soon to discuss your options which will include moving your stay to a future date or a refund. We would respectfully ask that you bear with us and wait for us to get in touch with you, as we are awaiting further more detailed guidance from the tourism industry professional bodies as to what the announcements exactly mean for self-catering holidays.

Please note our booking system is now open for stays into 2022. 

  • Our availability grid is live and we are now fully booked for the 2021 summer school holidays 
  • We do not have a cancellation list but any lastminute availability due to cancellations will be posted on our facebook page 

Our Covid cancellation policy is detailed on our Social Distancing and Covid 19 Safety page