There is a whole host of events and activities going on during the Penrith Winter Festival – you can find out what's going on each day right here.....
You can also download the Winter Festival Brochure - To Follow
WINDOW DRESSING: MAKE PENRITH SPARKLE
JUDGING SAT 26 NOV
During the festive period businesses, community groups and retailers are helping us to ‘Make Penrith Sparkle’ for Christmas by decorating their windows, doorways and premises to make Penrith Sparkle in every way.
Judging of the best two windows...
* one in retail * one non-retail
...will take place on Saturday 26 November to coincide with the Penrith Bazaar and Lights switch on.
The winner will be announced the following Saturday, 3rd, to coincide with ‘Small business Saturday’ which is supported throughout town alongside Totally Locally Penrith.
If you wish to participate, please contact email@example.com
PENRITH’S CHRISTMAS BAZAAR 2016
SAT 26 NOV - SAT 3 DEC
OPEN DAILY 10am – 6pm (4pm on Sunday)
Find the perfect present for loved ones this Christmas at Penrith’s new Christmas Bazaar, made possible by Penrith Business Improvement District.
Situated within the New Squares development in Penrith (near Sainsburys), this traditional wooden chalet market is the perfect opportunity to find unique Christmas treats and precious presents for friends and family or to spoil yourself or indulge in a cheeky glass of mulled wine!
There is plenty to see and to choose from. There will be appearances from local choirs and festive bands to entertain the crowds, guaranteed to put you in the Christmas mood.
Join us at the Musgrave Monument in Market Square to light up the town and welcome Christmas to Penrith.
Get into the festive spirit and enjoy traditional Christmas Carols, classic seasonal songs played by our very own Town Band, and a special performance by local band ZigZagg before the Mayor of Penrith, Councillor David Whipp welcomes in the festive season and the town begins to twinkle!
ELFIE SELFIE TRAIL
Follow the trail of mischievous elves around the town and give us your best #ElfieSelfie!
The Elves have been adopted by businesses throughout town during the festival.
On each Elf is a letter; note down the letters to form a festive word and send it to us with your #ElfieSelfie!
Post your pics on Facebook , tag us on Twitter, email firstname.lastname@example.org or scan the QR code found on each Elf for your chance to win a special prize.
Penrith is well known for its cobbled streets and hidden gems and the Totally Locally scheme celebrates all local businesses, from Penrith's florists to accountants, from clothes shop to gift shops. These small businesses support many other local businesses, which keep the local economy alive. It’s what the whole fabric of a town like Penrith is built on. Lots of independent shops and your favourite ‘hidden gems’ are coming together to celebrate Christmas with a unique Fiver Fest, which will run for a week starting on Small Business Saturday, Saturday 3rd December to Saturday 10th December – visit the town for lots of special offers in the run up to Christmas.
Arragons Cycles, Brunswick Road - New service ‘Bike Spa’ de-grease & clean, normal price £15. Pre-booking essential!
Bangkok Bistro Thai Restaurant, Poets Walk - Any Street Food Thai Curry (Chicken, Beef or Pork) with Rice (eat in or takeaway)
The Unicorn, Little Dockray - Call in or visit our Facebook page for details!
Victoria, Castlegate - £5 off our lovely wool felt handbags (Navy tweed or silver / Fair Trade or British)
SANTA’S POST BOXES
Rheged and Virgin Trains are again taking some of the pressure off Santa Claus this year and helping him sort some of the thousands of letters he receives by collecting them altogether.
VIRGIN TRAIN STATION - SAT 26 NOV - MON 19 DEC
From Saturday 26th November, children are invited to take their letters for Santa up to the Penrith Virgin train station and post them in a special post box which has recently been delivered to the station.
All the letters will be collected by Santa himself on SATURDAY 17TH DECEMBER, when he will catch the train at 13:03 to a secret location before he boards his sleigh back to the North Pole. Don’t miss out!
Upon his return, his elves will ensure all the letters are processed so everyone gets their presents in time for Christmas Day.
RHEGED CENTRE - SUN 27 NOV - WED 21 DEC
From Sunday 27th November, if you go along to Rheged, near Penrith, Santa has installed a special post box where children are invited to take their letters for delivery.
Rheged will make sure your letter goes directly to Santa Claus himself - you may even receive a reply...
TOWN CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY
FRIDAY 23rd DECEMBER
Let’s add a bit of festive fun again for shoppers and workers this year by wearing your Christmas Jumper on Christmas Eve’s – Eve, Friday 23rd December.
We are encouraging businesses, retailers and local groups to pull on a pullover and make Penrith better with a sweater while also having some fundraising
This year all money raised will go to local charity Eden Mencap in support of their ‘Help Us Buy Our Home’ campaign. Eden Mencap is our local charity supporting children and adults with learning disabilities in and around the Eden Valley. They do lots to make Penrith sparkle throughout the year and so spread a little Christmas cheer and give a little back this year. Eden Mencap have moved their support services three times in the last eight years. All they want to do is buy their building, call it home, and create a safe and inspiring place to play and learn.
A Christmas gift to benefit everyone in Penrith and the surrounding area.
CHRISTMAS JUMPER PORTRAIT
SATURDAY 26th NOVEMBER
Simon Anderson Photography will run a Christmas Jumper Portrait day on the 26th November. The Price is £25 and that includes the shoot, and either a digital file or three prints of the favourite image from the shoot.
Bookings can be made by telephone on 01768 866899, by email to email@example.com, or via our Facebook page SimonAnderson Photography
Families are welcome to turn up on the day, but we expect this to be popular so there may be a long wait!
THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS... CHURCH SERVICES
ST. ANDREWS CHURCH, PENRITH
Sundays to Christmas 08:00 Holy Communion 10:00 Parish Communion 3rd Dec 19:30 Penrith Singers Concert 5th Dec 19:00 Schools Music Association Christmas Concert 6th Dec 19:00 Schools Music Association Christmas Concert 14th Dec 09:40 Beaconside School Christmas Service 18:00 Hunter Hall Christmas Concert 16th Dec 13:00 QEGS End of Term Service 18th Dec 18:00 Penrith Singers 18:30 Service of Lessons and Carols 24th Dec 11:00 Holy Communion for Christmas 16:00 Crib Service 18:00 Crib Service
Christmas Day 10:00 Christmas Day Holy Communion
CHRIST CHURCH, PENRITH
Sundays to Christmas 11:00 Holy Communion 5th Dec 19:00 Suicide Awareness Training
Christmas Day 08:00 Christmas Day Holy Communion
PENRITH METHODIST CHURCH
Sundays to Christmas 09:00 Morning Worship 10:45 Morning Worship 18:30 Evening Worship 18th Dec 18:30 Evening Worship with Christmas Carols
Christmas Day 10:00 Christmas Day Worship
ST CATHERINE’S CHURCH, PENRITH
Sundays to Christmas 08:30 Sunday Mass 10:30 Sunday Mass 27th Nov 16:00 School and Parish Advent Carols Service with Blessing of Family Cribs 7th Dec 18:30 St Catherine’s Primary School Advent Carols Service 18th Dec 15:00 Parish Advent Carols Service 24th Dec 15:00 Christmas Vigil Mass (preceded by Carols at 2.30pm), St Wulstan’s, Alston 18:00 Christmas Carols 18:30 Christmas Vigil Mass
Christmas Day 09:00 Christmas Carols 09:30 Christmas Day Mass 16:00 Christmas Day Polish Mass