Montol Winter Solstice Festival returns to Penzance in December


The Montol Winter Solstice Festival is back! (Photo: Robert Erskine)

The traditional Montol winter solstice festivities will return to Penzance this year.

The carnival event was canceled last year due to Covid but will return to the city of West Cornwall in December, offering the usual mix of light, joy and fun.

Simon Reed, who has built the Montol tradition over the past 14 years, said Montol’s return to Penzance, Cornwall this year has been brilliant.

He said: “It’s like Narnia in the reign of the White Queen – always winter and never Montol. But the retaliation has begun and we hope to fill Penzance with light, splendor and celebration. “

The Midwinter Festival, a community event that draws visitors from all over, aims to make Penzance shine in splendor at the darkest time of the year. The mix will include Christmas carols and fancy dress, beautifully crafted costumes, a big bonfire – and of course the dances and processions led by the Raffidy Dumitz Band.

Band leader Tom Jane said, “We will play our favorite tracks regardless of the weather. The group found ways to train throughout the lockdown using Zoom, outdoor spaces and strict groups of six and whatever regulations are required. We’re excited to be back and we’re confident you’ll hear from us.

The Montol Winter Solstice Festival is back! (Photo: Robert Erskine)

At the heart of the day will be the afternoon and evening parades, celebrating with fire and light the death of the old year – and the start of the new one.

After the Christmas carols at 3:30 p.m., the first parade will descend from Causewayhead to Market Place.

This will be followed by the main procession at 6:00 am from the market square to the recreation ground – where the midwinter bonfire will be lit once more.

Over the course of the evening, various groups of ‘guild’ revelers will take a stroll around town – and finally, after more Christmas carols at the top of Chapel Street, the 10pm parade will take place in the traditional fashion towards the pier.

Montol will take place on Tuesday, December 21. For more information visit montolfestival.fr

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