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Our favourite Cornish Christmas lights displays

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

With the Christmas countdown well underway, there’s no better way of getting into the festive spirit than visiting some of Cornwall’s best lights displays. Here are just a few of our favourites:

Heligan By Night: ‘The Art of Illumination’

We have to start with our personal favourite! Internationally renowned light artist Ulf Pedersen has returned to The Lost Gardens of Heligan this year to reveal the night time magic of its historic plantings.

Explore the gardens, where you’ll find incredible textures, colours and atmosphere created by the illuminations. New for this year, you’ll also find a unique selection of thought-provoking projections that come to life across the hedges and walls of the historic landscape.


We couldn’t write a blog about Cornwall’s Christmas lights without mentioning one of its most famous displays. With lights both in and around the harbour, as well as through the village, Mousehole’s display is now made up of more than 7000 bulbs! You’ll find sea serpents, fishing boats, whales and much more as you marvel at this spectacular offering.


Originally started in 1986, it’s easy to see why Angarrack has gained a reputation for having one of the best displays in Cornwall. The lights are designed and made in the village and depict the Twelve Days of Christmas with animated pieces that sparkle along the walls, above the roof tops and even in the river.

The Eden Project

Explore the site after dark, making your way through a spectacular avenue of lights to the biomes where you’ll find willow lantern creatures hiding amongst the tropical plants and Luke Jerram’s amazing work ‘Gaia’ – a stunning replica of the earth – which is suspended in the Mediterranean Biome.


With lights twinkling in and around the village harbour, Padstow is bright with colour at this time of year. Illuminated fishing boats create magical reflections on the water, whilst the five candles, angel and tree above Rojano’s Restaurant hold special significance, representing those tragically lost. Home to some of Cornwall’s best restaurants, why not make an evening of it?


Finally, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the UK’s longest festive tunnel of lights at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum!

Families will be able to descend into the spectacular subterranean tunnels – which have 36,000 lights decorating their walls – before meeting Alabaster Snowball the elf and discovering Father Christmas in his underground grotto.

Time slots are available to book between 11am-6.30pm daily from Saturday 14th December to Monday 23rd December.


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Young happy family having fun while chasing in autumn day at the park. Copy space.

Family fun in Cornwall this Winter