Christmas Lights and Winter Solstice Celebrations

I just love Mousehole Christmas lights and Winter Solstice celebrations. What a treat! We went to look at the Mousehole Christmas lights on Friday, 21st December, and then had a meal in the Turk’s Head, Chapel Street, #Penzance, followed by the Winter Solstice celebrations – also in Penzance.

Mousehole Christmas Lights

The #Christmas lights at #Mousehole are always worth a visit and the harbour looks so pretty all lit up with Christmas and seafaring paraphernalia. We liked the spouting whale, but had to wait a couple of minutes for it to spout. Blink and you miss it.

Montol Celebrations

The food and atmosphere in the #Turk’s Head, where we went to eat, was great with all the people dressed up for the #Montol or #Solstice celebrations. Outside, in Chapel Street, it was getting increasingly busy with loads of weird and wonderful costumes, music and singing. ┬áMontol celebrates ‘Old Christmas’ with ‘guise’ (pronounced geeze) dancing by costumed groups who wander around the town’s pubs performing and fooling around. It is traditional in these plays to have ‘Obby ‘Osses, “controlled” by a ‘Teaser’, a Lord of Misrule, people dressed as animals and birds together with singers and musicians. Disguise is an integral part of the celebrations.

 

christmas lights and winter solstice celebrations

http://calendarcustoms.com/articles/montol-festival/

We had a great time, with lots of madness and mayhem and intend to go again nest year!