Truro City of Lights

19 November

Truro City of Lights

What’s it all about?

Nothing heralds the Christmas season quite like the warm glow of festive lights and this year the theme is Kings and Queens. The hugely anticipated Truro City of Lights festival and parade lights up the city in in spectacular fashion delighting the crowds who gather to see display. Music & Arts start from 5.45pm. City of Lights Parade from 7pm.

What happens?

One of the most anticipated family events in Cornwall’s festive calendar, the City of Lights is a vividly creative celebration incorporating art, music, dance and, as its name suggests, light. The event features a dazzling procession of giant handmade withy and tissue lanterns floating through the streets carried by professional artists accompanied by a host of smaller lanterns carried by Cornish school children and local community and youth groups. Every year the procession as a different theme and is escorted by feast of music and dance including samba, brass bands and pipes & drums. In advance of the procession, there is music throughout the city including performances by school groups and the festivities continue after the procession with more outdoor music performances at various locations.

How can you take part?

The parade starts at 7pm and the city gets very busy so then advice is to get there early, do a bit of festive shopping then find a good view point along the mile long route.

There is a new route for 2013. The procession will begin on Falmouth Road and snake its way down Lemon Street, before turning onto Lemon Quay where it will circle the perimeter before heading onto Boscawen Street via Lower Lemon Street. From here the procession continues its journey up St Nicholas, River and Frances Streets before culminating at Waterfall Gardens and Hendra Park, allowing for a more ‘up close and personal’ bird’s eye view of lanterns and happy faces of schoolchildren, dancers and musicians in comfort and safety.

The Park and Ride will be operating every 10 minutes and will pick up and drop off at the the Bus Station on Green Street.

Did you know?

Truro’s gothic revival cathedral spectacularly illustrates the city’s prosperity in the 19th century. Copying the great cathedral builders of the medieval age, its huge spires soar over the city skyline, and inside there are some of the finest examples of Victorian stained glass in the UK.



  • Facilities
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Restaurant/Cafe
  • Catering


  • Disabled access
  • Guide dogs permitted

Opening Times

November 19, 2014 - November 19, 2014


Lemon Quay
Truro Cornwall TR1 2LL

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