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Christmas in Looe

Well, where did 2016 go? One minute we’re on the beach singing our hearts out under the September sun and the next we’re wrapping up warm and preparing ourselves for the big day. Yep, we’ve reached the season of mulled cider, mince pies and eating too many roast potatoes. It’s the magical month of December!

As it’s the season to be jolly, we thought we’d share with you how we celebrate Christmas ‘Looe style’. Luckily for us, Looe has a full calendar when it comes to December, so you’ll always find a seasonal event to throw yourself into. Whether you’re interested in carols, dancing or meeting Father Christmas, you’re sure to find something that even Scrooge would enjoy.

The Big Switch On

December the 2nd, the first night of Christmas in Looe will be a night not to miss. The traditional lantern parade will create a beautiful Christmas atmosphere all over the town, which will last long after the presents are unwrapped. Later on, make sure you’re in the town to see the river’s edge illuminated at the Christmas lights switch on. An evening stroll along the harbour with the lights reflecting on the calm water will fill you with Christmas spirit.

Santa’s Grotto

Do you have little ones in your life that would love to meet Father Christmas? Bring them to the Quayside car park, West Looe for the festive market on the 3rd December. Santa will be arriving at 2pm at the seafront, so be sure to give him a warm welcome and follow his procession through town. There will be food and drink stalls, a children’s entertainer and a nativity barn for all to enjoy. As the evening draws in it’s time for the adults, enjoy mulled cider, mince pies and live music at the Quayside centre from 7pm with a grand finale fireworks display.

Continue the fun on the following afternoon at the Christmas Cider and Ale Festival kicking off at at the Quayside Centre from 1pm. We like the sound of the craft and produce market, perfect for getting those little bits that really make the finishing touches on Christmas Day. To top it all off, there will be live music and local fundraising stalls.

Candlelit Carols

Christmas is all about giving, and what better cause than the RNLI. From 7pm on the 6th December, the Millpool Centre will be hosting ‘Carols with the Pelynt Male Voice Choir’. Tickets are just £7 on the door or from the RNLI shop near the seafront. Alternatively, Keltique, a Looe Music Festival favourite, will be carolling at the Portbyhan Hotel from 8.30pm.

‘Twas the night before Christmas

A traditional favourite the Christingle service will be taking place at Riverside Church on Christmas eve. The town will be coming together at 4pm for the service, followed by carolling at 11.30pm, to well and truly bring in the big day with a sparkle. So warm up your singing voices and join us down by the river.

From all of us at the Looe Music Festival team, we hope you have a truly magical Christmas and a happy new year!

By Isla Pendreigh