All you need to know about Truro City of Lights

November 17th, 2016

The annual spectacle that is Truro City of Lights is just a few days away. As one of the biggest and most popular events in Cornwall’s calendar, there is a lot to know about the event, which is also hailed as the start of the Christmas activities for Truro and Cornwall.

The event has been running for 20 years and attracts more than 30,000 people to Truro each year. Sadly, this year’s event nearly didn’t take place due to a lack of funds, but Truro City Council and Totally Truro Business Improvement District stepped in to provide emergency money so the event could still take place.

Here is what you need to know before heading out into the city when staying at our hot tub holiday cottages, Cornwall, next week:

Truro City of Lights takes place on Wednesday, November 23, with the famous procession starting at 7pm, at the Richard Lander monument on Lemon Street. The procession is a highlight of the event, and generations of children have taken part, marking the start of the city’s winter and Christmas celebrations. The lantern parade, along with some music and dancing, is part of the procession which will make its way through the streets of Truro. The Christmas lights switch-on will happen after the parade.

The theme for this year for the 20th annual event, is ‘Tell Me a Story’. The theme is a popular one with the school children and students from the area who are all taking part. Visitors can expect a few surprises in the parade!

As well as some late-night shopping happening on the day, the usual pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars will be open to enjoy a drink and bite to eat. Be aware it will be good to book a table in advance if you are dining out due to the popularity of the event. There also will be stalls selling food and drink in Lemon Quay all afternoon.

Be aware that there are some road closures in the city centre that will be effective from 3pm on Wednesday 23, though car parks are open along with park and ride services.

Photo by: Rob Allday