4th December 2018

Falmouth sparkles with colour as the Christmas lights are switched on

There is something truly magical about the Christmas lights switch on in Falmouth. The big switch on takes place on one of the oldest areas of the town, ‘The Moor’, when combined with the lantern parade, carol singing by local children and market stalls, it makes for a very traditional and cosy start to the festive season.

Local families gathered around for the big switch on as many local businesses remained open until 8 or 9pm, and with the addition of an open top double decker Christmas Bus,  this year’s celebrations were better than ever.

Schoolchildren formed up at Events Square to parade with lanterns through the town to arrive at The Moor, in central Falmouth, where a stage was set up as the focal point of proceedings.

Pirate FM breakfast presenter Lucy Start compered as children who had been in the parade took it in turns to perform Christmas songs on the stage in front of a packed crowd.

RNLI lifeboat coxswain Jonathon Blakeston was voted by the public to switch on the lights as the community’s champion. He was selected for his commitment to saving lives at sea and for his voluntary work in the community.

Jonathon stepped onto the stage to push the plunger, after a countdown from the crowd, to light up The Moor and the rest of the town with an array of colourful lights that will be the backdrop of the festive season's activities for the next month.

Once the wonderful lights were on the crowds were treated to more entertainment, with dancing on the stage from Scruffy Mutt Dance Company, and were then able to enjoy the first of the town's late night shopping events.

Continue the festive celebrations:

Late Night Shopping Days

  • Thursday – 6th December
  • Thursday – 13th December
  • Thursday – 20th December

The Harmony Choir on Christmas Eve

It’s not officially Christmas in Falmouth until the traditional, ‘Harmony Choir’, has sung. For over 100 years choirs from across Cornwall combine to bring you the largest range of voices imaginable, if you’ve never heard them you are in for a treat! The choir will gather outside the, ‘Watersports Centre’, on Grove place around 9.30 am on the 24th, and slowly move through the main street of the town, stopping at various locations including, the top of Custom House Quay and, ‘King Charles the Martyr’ Church. Finally, the harmonies will end at The Moor at around 1 pm. 

...and not forgetting festive fun at the Duchy!  Come together by the coast and enjoy our famous Festive Afternoon Tea in our festive filled lounge, overlooking the bay. 

Inspired by festive family celebrations, it's shimmer and shine galore here at The Royal Duchy Hotel. The Duchy elves have been working hard to turn our coastal hotel into a winter wonderland, take a look.

With thanks to the Falmouth Packet, Visit Cornwall and Visit Falmouth.