Where: Mousehole, Cornwall
£: Free but donations welcome to keep the event running
What is it?
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Mousehole Lights. Mousehole is a small fishing village in Cornwall and every year the harbour and village streets are lit up by creative displays. The lights were first started in 1963 by a local artist and continue today thanks to the hard work of volunteers.
Over 7000 bulbs are used in the displays along with rope lighting, strings of lanterns and lamps. Around 5.5 miles of cables are also used to create the displays.
The switch-on for 2013 will be on Saturday 14th December and the lights will remain lit every evening until Saturday 4th January 2014 between 5pm and 11pm; with the exception of 19th December when the lights are dimmed between 8pm and 9pm in memory of the 16 lives lost from the crews of lifeboat Solomon Browne and coaster Union Star on that date in 1981.
For the switch-on the village roads are closed and a choir and brass band play Christmas carols as the harbour and village come alive with the grand festive lights.
The Mousehole Harbour Lights bring great pleasure to many thousands of people every Christmas, not just from Cornwall but visitors travel to Mousehole from all over the UK.
More info: www.mouseholelights.org.uk