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Mousehole Light Display

The Christmas lights were started in 1963 by Mousehole-based artist, Joan Gillchrest - a string of coloured bulbs were put along both quays to make the village a bit brighter at Christmas time.

From those early days the displays grew very quickly having caught the imagination of the village. Some of the designs, like the sea serpent, are still featured at Christmas although they are not the original pieces.

There is a live webcam on Mousehole Light's website - you have to scroll down to the bottom of the page where it says 'Mousehole Harbour Webcam' and click the play button to watch the feed. Please note this may take a few moments to load.

Click the on the video below to watch a sped up version of the light installation, taken a few years ago.


Our Societies support hundreds of local arts and heritage projects. Each day we highlight a grant given in 2021.  

The Arts Society Clapham Common recently awarded a grant to the Clapham Omnibus’ Routes programme, a free school holiday theatre program for 8-11 year olds offered to children who receive free school meals. This program is an opportunity for local children to explore their creativity in a theatre setting as well as benefit from a nutritious meal and snacks during the school holidays.

All donations from the Artvent Calendar will go towards The Arts Society’s grant giving fund, which awards grants to help preserve our artistic heritage, support the skills of artists and makers, and improve access to the arts for all.

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Nice as the Mousehole lights are - I have had them for the 17th,18th and 19th ! Something has gone awry. Am I the only one?

Diana Sun, 19/12/2021 - 13:05 Permalink

Beautifully done .Is there a prize for knowing how to pronounce Mousehole ?!

liz simpson Sun, 19/12/2021 - 12:52 Permalink

Being Cornish, My family and I, have enjoyed many happy visits to view the lights, such a beautiful setting. Happy memories.

Alex Pascoe Sun, 19/12/2021 - 12:46 Permalink

Quite brightened up my Sunday. So clever. The natural light was an excellent contrast to the man inspired one’s!
Thank you. I am greatly enjoying the nuggets in the calendar.

Maxine Eugster Sun, 19/12/2021 - 11:22 Permalink

Joyful - reminds me of the Diwali item earlier and how important lights and brightnesses are to us all - and also how beautiful the world can be, despite the many darknesses.

Kate Purcell Sun, 19/12/2021 - 11:18 Permalink

A lovely display of lights (especially the colours reflected on the water) but nothing quite beats the natural light of that final sunrise. Thank you

Helen HS Sun, 19/12/2021 - 10:43 Permalink

Thank you for this! Stargazey pie on the menu tonight…

Liz Woods Sun, 19/12/2021 - 10:39 Permalink

Great idea very innovative. Thank you.

Nigel Sun, 19/12/2021 - 10:16 Permalink


Anonymous Sun, 19/12/2021 - 10:05 Permalink

Beautiful - I especially like the tiny boats made up of lights. Must take a lot of work and community effort every year. Well done.

Christine Callow Sun, 19/12/2021 - 10:01 Permalink