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Mousehole comes to life with light
Santa on his sleigh
Santa rides his sleigh through Mousehole to deliver Christmas presents
Every year during the Christmas period the usually sleepy village of Mousehole comes alive.

As darkness descends on this quaint little place, visitors arrive to marvel at the spectacular display of illuminations.
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+Mousehole has a festive display of lights and illuminations in December.

+The lights are switched off on the 19th Dec at 8pm to commemorate all those that died on the Solomon Brown lifeboat.

+Money raised is given to charity.

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On December the 13th the Mousehole lights were switched on. Every year visitors from around the world come to marvel at over 40 different displays dispersed around the village.

The quaint fishing village can be found just a few miles along the coast from Newlyn, Cornwall. The small cottages occupy the cliff face, serviced only by the narrow roads. The small harbour is in the centre of the village, surrounded by shops.


Mousehole lights 'Welcome'
Mousehole welcomes visitors to the famous lights

Whales and sea monsters appear from beneath the waters, Santa rides his sleigh, pulled by three reindeers, the Mousehole Cat sits proudly on the sand, bubbles fizz from a glass of wine on the side of The Ship Inn.

Starry Gazey Pie
Starry Gazey Pie, traditional Cornish dish made from 7 types of fish

There is Starry Gazey Pie lights, a dish unique to Mousehole, prepared in the Ship Inn, ate on 23rd December- Tom Bawcock's Eve.

Legend has it that residents were starved of fish because of a stormy winter and no fisherman had been out. Two nights before Christmas Tom Bamcock a local fisherman, braved the storm and through some miracle caught 7 types of different fish and brought them back to the village.

He became a local hero and every year is honoured because of his courage on the 23rd December when the Starry Gazey Pie is cooked at The Ship Inn and brought out at midnight.


Jubilee lights
Lights commemorating the Queens Jubilee

Lights celebrating the Queens Jubilee year shine over the harbour.

Lantern light
A candle lantern shines in the dark

A candle shines over the harbour. On December 19th all the lights are turned off 8.00pm in rememberence to all those who lost their lives on the the Penlee lifeboat - Solomon Browne in 1981 when it was called out to assist the newly commissioned MV Union Starand. The lights are then switched back on again at 9.00pm.

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