Christmas in Penzance

Christmas lights in Penzance

This year, Penzance will be illuminated with festive sparkle as we go to town with the theme ‘Christmas Bells’. Landmarks like Market House and St Mary’s Church will join local shops and businesses as they light up for the season. 

The official Christmas lights switch-on takes place at 4.30pm on 25th November, with a festive market, music and entertainment adding to the atmosphere. The festive market will run from 10am until 5.30pm with a variety of stalls from Arts and Crafts to Food. Market Jew Street will also host a Youth Market from Pop Up Penzance.

There will be a Santa's Grotto delivered by Penzance Rotary Club as well as musicians and bands playing throughout the town.

15th December is the Newlyn Christmas Lights Switch On.

On 16th December there will be a second festive market, again this will run from 10am - 5.30pm.

The 16th December is also the date of The Humphry Davy Birthday Lantern Parade. The parade begins at Causewayhead and proceeds to Humphrey Davy Statue then continues down Chapel Street to the Methodist Chapel for mince pies and drinks provided by The Turks Head.

Also on 16th December is Mousehole Christmas Lights Switch On at 6pm.

The 21st December is the annual Montol Festival. The team behind Montol would love as many people as possible to dress up in mock formal and masks and partake in this annual event. There will be street entertainers and market stalls from 12 Noon. The evening proceedings will begin at 4pm with The Guise and Children’s Sundown Procession which will start at the top of Causewayhead and end on Chapel Street. This year’s ‘Lord of Misrule’ will then be chosen, followed by the 6pm procession leaving from Chapel Street to the burn the sun effigy at The Princess May Recreation Ground. Between 7pm and 8pm the Guise Guilds will choose their Masters and will roam establishments with different themed performances (information on how to join the guilds can be found on; ). Meeting outside Lloyds Bank at 10 pm, the procession will then continue down to The Barbican area picking up Guise Beasts along the way and culminating with a winding serpent dance to The Admiral Benbow where the Lord of Misrule’s Reception will be held.

Don’t forget to vote for your favourite window display using the town trail guide. Local shops and businesses will be competing for your vote, so pick up a trail from The Welcome Centre at Penzance Railway Station or from one of the twenty five participating buisnesses and pop it back with your choice by New Year’s Eve.​​

Get in to the festive spirit at St Johns Hall on the 2nd and 3rd December where Make Industries will be hosting 'The Christmas Gift and Food Shopping Event.' The event runs from 10am until 4.30pm on both days, and as well as a variety of stalls there will be entertainment which includes face painting and a story-teller from The Eden Project. A great local event for all the family.

Don't miss 'Elf Day' at Fresh Barnet on Friday 8th December in aid of The Alzheimer's and Dementia Society. There will be a raffle full of great salon prizes including free cuts, products and nail vouchers as well as cake sales and Christmas treats. Natalie Faye's Silver Jewellery will be selling bespoke jewellery with a percentage of sales donated to the charity. There will be a photo booth with props to take part in the Elfie selfie competition... the £1 entry fee goes to the charity and entries must be posted on Facebook or Instagram using the national Elf Day hashtag... Fresh Barnet will pick the winner who will receive a Fresh Barnet goodie bag. Head down and support this great event for a brilliant cause.

On Saturday the 9th of December from 10am until 4pm at Circa 21 (21 Market Jew Street) Neil Robson will be demonstrating Glass Gilding: the art of applying gold leaf to glass to create beautiful lettering for house names, shop windows and individual panels. This traditional craft was popular in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and is enjoying a revival

Also on Saturday 9th December (from 11am until 4pm) there is a Christmas Fayre at St Mary's Church on Chapel Street; Christmas Gifts, Fairtrade Goods, Pottery, Jewellery, Painting with Nigel Haward, Cards and Mulled Wine accompanied by music from Handbell Ringers, Paul Marks Joffe & Friends, Penzance Youth Wind Band and  Nigel Wicken,

31st December sees The Groovelounge New Years Eve Party at The Front Room, Penzance from 9pm until 2pm; Gary Hughes, Phil Bowles and Richard Ballinger are welcoming the new year with dance floor bangers in typical Groovelounge style. Tickets are on sale now and include a glass of Prosecco at midnight!

The Acorn Theatre has a varied programme of events thoughout December;

Friday 1st December at 7pm; Local inclusive community company Shallal Dance Theatre bring their outdoor shows indoors. Tickets: Adults £7, Concessions £5, Children £3.

Saturday 2nd December - 10am - 4pm: Craft Fair with Sue Barberry Psychic Medium and acclaimed Healer Neil Payne available throughout the day. Free entry and light refreshments available.

Saturday 2nd December at 8pm - Flats and Sharps. ​Tickets: £13

Tuesday 12th December 1pm and 4.30pm - The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness! ​A celebration of everything Christmassy, from fir trees, fairy lights, sleigh bells and snowflakes to crackers, carols, presents and puddings! For children aged 5+ and their families.Tickets: £7, Concessions £6, Family ticket £20 (2 adults & 2 children)

Thursday 14th December at 1pm - The Little Match Girl - A Warming Tale for Winter by The Last Baguette – Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s traditional fairy tale. Tickets :£7 or £5 for Students (Teachers free with students.)

Friday 15th December at 8pm - This is Art? Extravaganza - A satirical  review of the Cornwall arts scene to include artists, critics and other dubious characters starring: Jonathan Coudrille, Rose Hilton, Ken Turner, John Truscott, Daniel Benshana, Jenna Pascoe & others. Tickets: Advance £10 or £12 on the door.

Tuesday 19th December at 7.30pm - Christmas.Time. - Set in a small prison cell, Charlie and Toby are feeling low, and why wouldn’t they? It’s Christmas Day and they’re serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure. But why shouldn’t they be having a Merry Christmas in spite of their incarceration? What’s stopping them from creating Christmas around them? Absolutely nothing! A Christmas cabaret ensues, and they set off on their festival of carols, Claus, Christ and custody! Tickets: £10, Concessions £8.

Saturday 23rd December at 7.30pm - A Christmas Carol - Joy to all mankind. Bah! Spend an evening in the company of a mean, tight-fisted, squeezing, grasping, clutching old miser. Bah! Watch, terrified, as Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by four creepy ghosts (wooo-oooh) each one more scary than the last. Bah! Sob at the bedside of a tiny, malnourished child riven with rickets. Bah! Tickets: Adults £9 Children (over 8 years old only) £7.

Sunday 31st December at 8pm - A Fund raising Evening for The  Acorn Penzance-  Northern Soul / R’n’B / Motown & much much more. Tickets £12 in advance or £15 on the door.