Truro City of Lights
Nothing heralds the Christmas season quite like the warm glow of festive lights and this year's theme is soon to be confirmed. The hugely anticipated Truro City of Lights festival and parade lights up the city in spectacular fashion delighting the crowds who gather to see the display.
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 has 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?
Truro High School for Girls will be the start of the procession for schools, the large lanterns will join them at Charles Street and then process through the city centre. At Little Castle Street, the procession splits and the large lanterns will double back on themselves via Victoria Square to Lemon Quay.
Families with small children are advised to avoid Lemon Quay and Boscawen Street which can get very busy! This route gives plenty of space for viewing the procession away from the crowds - try joining us at the start on Falmouth Road or cheer us to the finish on St George's Road.
The schools will continue onto St Georges Road to finish at Hendra Park.
The Christmas Lights switch on will be in Boscawen Street.
Park and Ride services for the City of Lights
Following the success of previous years, Truro’s Park and Ride will once again operate an extended service for the City of Lights Festival and 'Late Night Shopping' on Wednesdays leading up to Christmas.
The service will operate for the City of Lights Festival on the 22nd November, and for Late Night Shopping on the 29th November, 6th, 13th and 20th December.
After the normal timetable finishes at 7pm from Tregurra and 7.10pm from Langarth all Park and Ride services will run from Quay Street/Truro Bus Station and will run to either Langarth of Tregurra only. No other stops, including Hospital, Truro College and Truro Railway Station, will be served after 7pm.
The last bus for both Tregurra and Langarth will leave Quay Street/Truro Bus Station at 10pm, ensuring that, once again, Park for Truro will help shoppers enjoy the Christmas atmosphere.
Staff will be on hand to provide advice, should you have any queries on the day. Alternatively, please contact the Park and Ride site office by phone 01872 279270 for further details.
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.
Find out more about Christmas in Truro here.