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Brixham's Harbour of Lights gets everyone glowing

Last weekend's 'Lanterns, Lights and 'Luminations' festival in Brixham kicked off the Christmas season in a bigger and brighter style than ever this year as we saw thousands of people parade through the town with their creative lanterns of all shapes and sizes, led by father Christmas in his car and Brixham Town Band playing well loved songs.

Brixham Town Band lead the lantern procession around the town
Brixham Town Band led the procession past one of the beautiful new lights welcoming people to Brixham
Father Christmas in his car decked out with lights

After looping round the town past the many shops and businesses who got into the festive spirit, the procession was concluded with the turning on of the lights and the grand fireworks display. Among the lights were some old familiars, notably the three ships which float near the Golden Hind, and then an array of spectacular new lights for which funding was led by the Lighting Up Brixham team #lightingupbrixham including Octavia the Octopus high up on Brixham's Fish Market, and the impressive mermaid high up the sides of the harbour bowl.

Brixham's Golden Hind and Three Ships Christmas lights
The Three Ships reflecting beautifully on the harbour next to the Golden Hind
Brixham Harbours grand fireworks display
Crowds gathered around the harbour to watch the grand fireworks display

Mermaid light in Brixham Harbour
The new mermaid light on the south side of the harbour bowl

Street entertainers got the festive atmosphere going in the daytime

Brixham's Harbour of Lights looked stunning and there was an electric atmosphere with live music and entertainment, street performers and market stalls. Liberty's iconic Airstream served up hot Blood Orange Gin, Plymouth Gin winter cup, Jameson and Ginger, Liqueur Coffees and Hot Chocolates, plus mulled wine, cider and festive treats. #libertybrixham

This increasingly popular annual event put on by Born Hectic Events with Brixham Town Council draws many visitors to the area. With it's array of independent retailers, restaurants and cafés this vibrant and colourful fishing town is the perfect place to visit at any time of year. Sheltered from the prevailing South Westerly winds by the tors of Dartmoor, Brixham basks in its own micro-climate and its proxmity to Dartmoor makes it the perfect base for exploring both coast and country.

Lanterns, Lights and 'Luminations has already been confirmed to be taking place on Saturday 28th November 2020. Saltwater Escapes has a range of beautiful properties in prime locations in Brixham - watch from the warmth of the fire in our traditional fisherman's cottage high up the sides of the harbour bowl, or be part of the action from our sailor's loft directly overlooking the Golden Hind.

Brixham Harbour at night
Brixham's colourful harbour lit up by night

For more seasonal events in the area, including the award winning Train of Lights, see the Christmas guide to What's On in the English Riviera.

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