Helston's town centre is sparkling with Christmas lights. Tis' the season to visit Helston High Street and shop local to support our town.
The festive lights have brought the Christmas spirit to Helston. Shop along Meneage Street and Coinagehall Street under a canopy of twinkling colourful lights.
See the dazzling window displays and shop exclusive in-store offerings. There's life, colour and perfect Christmas gifts to buy in Helston's town centre.
And if you're reading this on or before Thursday 8th December 2022, on the 8th December we have Christmas Late Night shopping from 5pm til late. Organised by Helston Chamber of Commerce to support local businesses in the town centre, the evening is packed with activities and entertainment as well as a guest appearance by Santa.
THE HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
The Christmas tree was displayed in upper-class homes in 18th-Century Germany, where it was occasionally decorated with candles, which at the time was a comparatively expensive light source. Candles for the tree were glued with melted wax to a tree branch or attached by pins. Early electric Christmas lights were introduced with electrification, beginning in the 1880s.
The illuminated Christmas tree became established in the UK during Queen Victoria's reign. Presents were placed round the base of the tree. Until the availability of inexpensive electrical power in the early 20th century, miniature candles were commonly, and in some cultures still are, used.
By 1900, businesses throughout the UK started stringing up Christmas lights behind their windows.Christmas lights were too expensive for the average person, as electric Christmas lights did not become the majority replacement for candles until 1930.
Christmas lights, also known as fairy lights, festive lights or string lights, are often used for decoration in celebration of Christmas and displayed throughout the festive season.
By the 1950s, it became customary to display strings of electric lights along streets and on buildings; Christmas decorations detached from the Christmas tree itself.