While Mousehole’s Christmas lights are deservedly famous throughout Cornwall (and definitely well worth seeing), there are understated, beautiful illuminations elsewhere too.


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 other lights.

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.


What’s special about the lights at Cadgwith is they’re a mix of seasonal – Christmas trees, angels, reindeer – and those that draw on the village’s heritage and take their inspiration from the sea – think ships and sea creatures.

We also recommend the Cadgwith Cove Inn for its food, atmopshere and super-friendly staff. Perfect for a bite to eat or a warming drink before you head back.

Where are you favourite places to visit in Cornwall at Christmas? We’d love to hear any suggestions you have.