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 Trees’.

The official Christmas lights switch-on takes place at 4.30pm on 1st December, with a festive market, music and entertainment adding to the atmosphere. The festive market will run from 11am 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 as well as musicians and bands playing throughout the town.

14th December is the Newlyn Christmas Lights Switch On.

On 15th December there will be a second festive market, again this will run from 11am - 5.30pm.

The 15th 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 15th December is Mousehole Christmas Lights Switch On. The Carolaire serice will commence at 6.30pm with the lights being switched on at approximately 7.00pm. There will be a road closure in place in Mousehole between 5.00pm and 9.00pm, it is advised that people use the Park and Ride where possible as parking is very restricted in Mousehole.

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 participating buisnesses and pop it back with your choice by New Year’s Eve.​​