Work is under way to illuminate the tunnels below Charlestown’s Shipwreck Treasure Museum to create the UK’s longest festive light tunnel this Christmas.
Over 100 metres of passageways beneath the Cornish maritime heritage museum will be lit up to celebrate the festive season.
With 3.7 kilometers of cabling and 36,000 lights adorning the subterranean walls, still coated in the historic China Clay which was once exported around the world from the harbour, the decoration will be finished in time for the launch of the Santa experience next month.
Shipwreck Treasure Museum’s Ian Lay said: “The tunnels are such a unique aspect of the Grade II listed building we thought this would be a great way to give visitors a whole new way to enjoy them over the Christmas period.”
The tunnels were recently opened to the public in their entirety for the first time in over 100 years and this will be the first time they have ever been visited by Santa Claus.
Children and their families will be able to descend into the enchantingly lit tunnels before meeting Alabaster Snowball the elf and discovering Santa Claus in his underground grotto this December.
The Santa experience will take place at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum on the following dates with time slots between 11am and 6.30pm:
· Saturday 7th December and Sunday 8th December
· Daily from Saturday 14th December until Monday 23rd December