Penryn's Christmas lights switch-on was an evening of festive fun for families and friends alike.

The day started off with a Christmas Bazaar organised by St Gluvias Church which was held in the Temperance Hall in the morning.


Porthleven Town Band play carols in the rain

Then, in the afternoon, Tanya's Courage hosted a Christmas Craft and Gift Fayre in the Temperance Hall with a Santa's Grotto for the young ones to enjoy.


Porthleven Town Band

A chorus performed on the chapel steps where glow sticks were handed out to children throughout the evening.


The crowd gathered outside the Methodist Church despite the rain

Father Christmas, invited guests, Porthleven Town Band, The Suitcase Singers and the lantern parade assembled at the Memorial Gardens on Quay Hill before parading to the Methodist Chapel for the big switch-on ceremony.


Santa arrives under his umbrella

Councillor Mark Snowdon, chairman of the Christmas Lights Committee, gave his speech before the town mayor councillor Shelley Peters announced the winner of the shop window competition.


Picture by Colin Higgs

The reverend Robbie Bowen said prayers before councillor Mark Snowdon invited the guest of honour Alison Williams to switch on the town lights.


The lantern parade

The Suitcase Singers got the carol singing going with Porthleven Town Band before the crowd joined in.


There was even snow in the bus shelter

Father Christmas and his sleigh took their place outside the Temperance Hall throughout the evening where he gave out sweets to the children.


Alison Williams switches on the lights

Penryn Town Council ensured that free parking was available throughout the town's car parks.