Festive Events in Penzance

The Front Room Cafe Bar

Come and see Santa upstairs at The Front Room every Saturday and Sunday throughout December between 10am and 2.30pm, starting on Saturday 7th December. It’s only £5 which includes a gift. 

While you’re there with your little ones you can try the delicious Christmas tapas and some mulled wine. They also have a range of gorgeous seasonal hot chocolates. For more details see The Front Room's Facebook page or call 01736 448681.

The Front Room Cafe Bar, Market Jew Street, Penzance.

Penzance Christmas Market

Market Jew Street in Penzance at Christmas

Penzance's second festive market will run from 2pm until 6pm on Saturday 14th December, with a variety of stalls from Arts and Crafts to Food. The market will be accompanied by music and entertainment throughout the day.

Please note; The Humphry Davy Lantern Parade will commence at 4.30pm.

The Admiral Benbow

There is plenty happening at The Admiral Benbow throighout December;

Thurs 19th Dec - 20:00-22:00 - Traditional Cornish Music Session
Fri 20th Dec - 20:00-Late - Groove Lounge - Ho ho ho Edition
Sat 21st Dec - 19:00-Late - Montol - Masks madness and mayhem!
Tues 24th Dec - 16:00-19:00 - Christmas Carol Singing in the Wreck Bar
Wed 25th Dec - 12:00-14:00 - Xmas Day drinks
Thurs 26th Dec - 20:00-22:00 - Traditional Cornish Music Session
Sat 28th Dec - 20:00-Late - el Niño - Xmas Edition
Tues 31st Dec - 20:00-02:00 - New Year’s Eve Party! MARS meets Groove Lounge
(£10 in advance -£15 on the door)

The Admiral Benbow, Chapel Street, Penzance.

Penzance Farmers Market

Find quality local produce at this friendly market, including artisan breads, jams, cheese, pastries and much more.

Stallholders vary from week to week, but they have one thing in common: delicious homemade or locally grown produce.

December markets take place on Friday 6th, Friday 13th and Friday 20th December.

Please note that the final market of 2019 will be held on Friday 20th December. The first market of 2020 will take place on Friday 17th January 2020.

Penzance Farmers Market, St John's Hall, Penzance, 9am - 1pm.

Santa's Grotto

Visit Santa in his Grotto at the Jubilee Pool on the following dates;

Saturday 14th December; 2pm - 6pm

Sunday 15th December; 2pm - 6pm

Saturday 21st December; 11am - 4pm

Jubilee Pool, Battery Road, Penzance.

Humphry Davy Lantern Parade

Humphry Davy Lantern Parade is a celebration of the Birthday or Sir Humphry Davy. The parade begins at Causewayhead  and proceeds to Humphry Davy Statue before continuing down Chapel Street to the Jubilee Pool where there are Christmas activities and a Santa's Grotto to enjoy.

Saturday 14th December, 4.30pm

Eco Makers Market

The iconic Jubilee Pool is the venue for the second Eco Makers Market which fits perfectly with their eco credentials. A great chance to buy last minute presents and soak up the Christmas atmosphere, with delicious food and drink from the Jubilee Pool Cafe.

Eco Makers Market, Sunday 15th December, 10am - 4pm, Jubilee Pool, Penzance.

Jubilee Pool

Jubilee Jingle - Saturday 14th December, 10am - 9pm

Join Jubilee Pool for their first Jubilee Jingle this Christmas! There's have a whole lot going on this December at Jubilee Pool- Christmas parties, Christmas photo booth, Christmas Craft activities, Santa swims and whole load of mince pies!

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Children's Christmas craft activity in the Community Space 
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Christmas photo booth on the top terrace 
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Santa Swim & inflatable wipeout
12:00 PM - LIVE MUSIC- Sam Casey 
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Santa's grotto on the top terrace
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Poolside lantern display - from The Humphry Davy Lantern Parade


New Year's Day Dip at Jubilee Pool! - Wednesday 1st January 2020, 10.30am - 2.30pm

It's finally happening! First ever New Year's Day Dip at Jubilee Pool and its FREE!!!!!

10.30 Life saving brunch menu, strong coffee and New year's Fizz
2.30 pm - cafe closed

11 am - Take the POLAR PLUNGE- New Years day dip begins!
12 pm DOGGY DIP! Dogs are allowed in for a paddle too!
1 pm - Pool closed.

*Please note only the main pool will be open for swimming, dipping and paddling!

FREE SWIMMING! - Donation buckets will be around for those who would like to make a donation.
Pool entry rules and admission policies still apply, you will be given a wrist band at the pool gates! 

Penzance Charter Market

Penzance has been a market town and a trading point for farmers and fishermen for centuries. The trading tradition was grown earlier this year with the launch of a new monthly Saturday market to compliment the weekly County Market on Thursdays and Farmers Market on Friday both of which are held in St Johns Hall.

Penzance Charter Market is held on the last Saturday of every month in Market Place, from 9.30am–1.30pm. With upwards of 20 stalls there is always lots of lovely local produce on offer as well as arts, crafts, gifts and more.

Penzance Charter Market, Saturday 28th December, 9.30am - 1.30pm, Market Place, Penzance. 

Montol Eve

Small lantern at the Montol Festival in Cornwall.

The Montol Festival is an annual celebration which was started in 2007 and is held in Penzance. The festival culminates with Montol Eve on the 21st of December each year.

The festival is a revival (or reinterpretation) of many of the traditional Cornish Midwinter customs which were formerly practised in and around the Penzance area and were once common to much of Cornwall. Montol is held on the traditional date of the feast of St Thomas the Apostle which is the 21st December and always coincides with the winter solstice.

On Montol Eve the people of Penzance take part in many of the Cornish traditional customs of Midwinter and Christmas. These include Guise dancing, with many people wearing traditional masks, adopting disguise and sporting 'mock formal' costume. Several fire beacons are lit throughout the town, leading up to the chalking and buring of the Cornish Yule log (the'Mock) and the dancing that follows.

Fire performers and @obby' Osses, guide beasts and musicians will be out and about from Midday on 21st December - around Market Jew Street, Green market and Causewayhead, to be joined by Christmas carol singers, choirs, dancers and a plethora of stall-holders. All afternoon there will be a festive market centered around the Market House, with a range of stalls and entertainment.


Montol, Saturday 21st December 2019, Penzance