Lanterns and Lights: A festive celebration of light

By Max Goodman

26th Nov 2022 | Local News

National Maritime Musuem Cornwall
National Maritime Musuem Cornwall

This Christmas holiday you can enjoy magically lit boats, merry Make & Takes, and a Museum Trail at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall as they take on the theme of Lanterns & Lights with a magical nautical twist.

The event will run from Saturday the 17th of December to Sunday the 1st of January with crafting sessions, a Museum trail, and all the usual museum favourites.

Decked in festive lights and sparkly stars, traditional wooden boats carry Christmas cheer, using the Flying Flotilla, hung high from the Museum's ceiling, the boats are lit with subtle ocean-coloured hues and set amongst glistening starbursts.

Wooden boats decked with festive lights(Image: NMMC)

So what's on offer at the festive celebration:

  • Lantern display - See real and rare nautical lamps and navigation aids where sailors used the stars to guide them home.
  • Make & Take - In our crafting Make & Take sessions create a lantern inspired by starry constellations.
  • Museum Trail - Follow the trail through the Museum and find all the constellations hidden around the building.
  • It's free! - The Lanterns & Lights activities are free as part of the admission price. Pay once, and get in free for a whole year.

For more information or to book tickets visit the website: Lanterns and Lights 2022 | National Maritime Museum Cornwall (


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