Christmas in Penzance 2023

22nd November 2023 in Events, Penzance

Here’s a round-up of the events taking place in Penzance over the next three weeks in the run up to Christmas 2023!

This year’s theme is: A Cornish Christmas | Nadelik Kernewek and there are lots of events and entertainment planned to get you in the Christmas mood and support our local businesses!

Monday 27th November

FREE Lantern Making Workshop at Jubilee Pool (10am – 6pm) for the Humphry Davy Lantern Parade on Saturday 16th December! Book your place here: Lantern Making Workshop FREE Tickets online – Jubilee Pool (digitickets.co.uk)

Friday 1st December

Heamoor Christmas Lights Switch-On and torchlit parade.

Heamoor Christmas Lights Switch-On & Torchlit Parade poster
Grant funded by Penzance Council (logo)

Heamoor Communtiy Interest Company has received £950 grant funding from Penzance Council towards their light display.

Saturday 2nd December

All-day Christmas Market at St John’s Hall (10am-5pm) – stock up on local Christmas gifts, crafts, and festive food & drink! Live Music and top local street entertainment!

The Christmas Light Switch-On will be at 5:30pm!

All car parks in the town will be free all day too, including Wellfields Car Park which is owned and operated by Penzance Council!

From Monday 11th December

Mousehole Harbour Lights logo

Mousehole Harbour Lights are hosting a collection of local musicians performing each evening from Monday 11th December to Thursday 21st December. (There will be no switch-on ‘ceremony’ but lights will be switched on between 5-6pm on Monday 11th December).

Find out more about the line-up of music on the Mousehole Harbour Lights website.

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Mousehole Harbour Lights have received £1,500 grant funding from Penzance Council towards the costs of converting their ‘Merry Christmas – Happy New Year’ light display to LEDs for this year.

Monday 11th December

Gulval Christmas Light Switch On

The lights will be switched on by Civic Deputy, Cllr Bonnie Jackson, at 7pm outside the Old Chapel.

Friday 15th December

Newlyn Harbour Lights logo

Newlyn Harbour Lights switch-on and firework display!

The grand switch-on ceremony will take place at 7:00pm on Friday 15 December from the balcony of Newlyn Harbour Offices, followed by a spectacular firework display.

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Newlyn Harbour Lights have received £6,000 grant funding from Penzance Council towards their firework display.

Saturday 16th December

All-day Christmas Market at St John’s Hall (10am-5pm) – stock up on local Christmas gifts, crafts, and festive food & drink! Live Music and top local street entertainment!

Humphry Davy Lantern Parade – the parade will begin at 5pm from the top of Causewayhead (gather from 4:30pm)

Behind the scenes of the town’s festive events

A big thank you to Penzance BID and Love Penzance for organising the festive events in the town centre! 🙌

The Christmas Lights are funded and rigged by Penzance Council for the whole community to enjoy – we’ve also provided funding for the Christmas Lights in Newlyn, Mousehole, and Heamoor!

Thursday 21st December

Montol Festival

The Montol Festival is an annual celebration of the Winter solstice on the 21st of December. The festival is a revival – or reinterpretation – of many of the traditional Cornish midwinter customs and Christmas traditions which were formerly practiced in and around the Penzance area, and were once common to much of Cornwall.

Through the weeks leading up to the 21st December there are mask and costume making workshops, traditional music, carol singing and much more!

Find out more about all the planned events and how you can get involved on the Montol Festival Facebook Page (you don’t need a Facebook account to view the events)

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Montol Festival CIC has received £5,000 grant funding from Penzance Council for this year’s festival.

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We also provide grants to local community groups and charities who are working to benefit our residents and our Parish environment – find out more about our grants and how to apply.

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