Truro Christmas celebrations unveiled

Cornwall’s capital has unveiled its packed Christmas celebration programme. Truro is getting ready to go all out this festive season with plenty for the whole of Cornwall, residents and visitors alike, to enjoy. Festive Friday next month will launch the festive season with the traditional Christmas lights switch-on followed by a celebratory parade through the city streets.

On the day (November 18) there will be special entertainment from 5pm organised by Hall for Cornwall while at 7pm the lights will be switched-on by Johnny Cowling, Lucy Start, Truro’s Town Crier Lionel Knight, and cast members from Hall for Cornwall’s Christmas Show Treasure Island.

Following the switch-on, there will be a celebratory parade around Truro featuring performers, music and of course, Father Christmas in his sleigh. The Mayor of Truro, Steven Webb, added: “Truro is a wonderful destination for everyone during the festive season and I can’t wait to be joining in and experiencing all the magic. We’re delighted to have an exciting calendar of events back this year thanks to Truro BID, Truro City Council, Truro Farmers Market and their partners. Truro City Council’s Visitor Information service, Visit Truro will have all the information you need to find out more.”

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Meanwhile the Big Festive Shop Small Market hosted by Duchy Fairs will be on Lemon Quay until 9pm on Festive Friday, and back again on Saturday November 19, giving opportunities to shop for seasonal gifts from over 60 local traders. Alongside the City Centre lights being switched-on at 7pm, many of Truro’s shop windows will once again be decorated with Christmas reindeer lights from November 18.

On the following Wednesday, November 23, the Christmas Lights in Victoria Gardens will be back for the second year. The gardens will then be illuminated daily at selected times until the new year. Victoria Gardens will also have Wednesday night entertainment for the five Late Night Shopping dates when the Christmas lights will be extended until 8pm. That day will also mark the return of the late night shopping on Wednesdays in the run up to Christmas.

Victoria Park in Truro will also be lit up during the festive period
Victoria Park in Truro will also be lit up during the festive period
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On selected dates from Friday December 2, Truro Farmers Market’s BIG Christmas Market will be back on Lemon Quay until Christmas Eve. The BIG Christmas Market, which is supported by Truro BID, will be trading until 9pm on Wednesday December 7, 14 and 21 to coincide with Late Night Shopping. Truro BID has arranged traffic-free main shopping streets from 2pm, street food in Boscawen St from 3pm and entertainment dotted around. Truro’s main shopping streets will also be traffic-free all day, along with street food in Boscawen St and festive entertainment on 17th December, the last Saturday before Christmas Eve.

As well his appearance on Festive Friday, Father Christmas will be back in his grotto at Truro Cathedral December 7, 14, 18, 20 and 21. Coppice Theatre have been working with Truro BID and Truro Cathedral to bring the man himself to Truro with unique storytelling and grotto experience for families.

To end this year’s festivities, Truro City Council’s annual fireworks display will also return on New Year’s Eve.

Alun Jones, Truro BID manager said: “After the success of last year’s Festive Friday, we’re looking forward to working with Pirate FM again and thank Great Western Railway for sponsoring Festive Friday which includes Truro’s Christmas Lights Switch-on. With lots going on, we’re confident that residents and visitors will come in to shop, eat and drink, and support the city this Christmas. As always, we’re thankful to the local businesses who pay into Truro BID so we can deliver events and Truro’s Christmas Lights.”

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