Truro Christmas light switch-on returns with big party planned

The date for Truro’s Christmas lights switch-on has been announced after the event was cancelled last year due to the Covid pandemic.

The lights switch-on ceremony, which annually heralds in the start of the festive season, has been confirmed by Truro Business Improvement District (BID) and will take place on the newly-coined “Festive Friday” – November 19.

The main event will be the Christmas lights switch-on. Other new events will also be taking place across the city to welcome in the winter.

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Kicking off the celebrations, Pirate FM’s Johnny Cowling and Lucy Start will be broadcasting from the stage in Boscawen Street from 3pm, building up to the much-anticipated switch-on.

There will be special entertainment at 6.30pm organised by Hall for Cornwall. Then the lights will be switched-on by Truro’s town crier Lionel Knight and cast members from Hall for Cornwall’s Christmas Show Cinderella.

Following the switch-on there will be a celebratory parade around Truro featuring performers, music and Father Christmas in his sleigh.

Additionally, Lemon Quay will be host to two Christmas markets, both open until 9pm on Festive Friday and rolling into the next day, on Saturday, November 20. Over 60 traders will give opportunities to shop for unique gifts, as well as to eat and drink under the new Christmas lights. Read more about Truro’s whole season of Christmas markets here.

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Alongside the city centre lights being switched-on for Festive Friday, there will be extra sparkle coming to Truro. Part of Victoria Gardens is being lit up for the festive season with fun, new Christmas lights and the reindeer trail is back where many of Truro’s shop windows will be decorated with Christmas reindeer lights.

From November 24, five late-night shopping Wednesdays are taking place giving ample chances to explore Truro’s wide range of independent and high street shops, and bars and restaurants. OnlLate night shopping Wednesdays, to add to the festive atmosphere, there will be entertainment dotted around as well as large-scale projections on to two buildings in Boscawen Street and River Street.

As well his appearance on Festive Friday, Father Christmas will be in his grotto at Truro Cathedral from December 1 on four Wednesdays. Coppice Theatre will be helping to bring the man himself to Truro with a new unique storytelling and grotto experience for families.

Alun Jones, Truro BID manager, said: “We’re delighted to be working with so many partners to bring new events, new Christmas Lights, new outdoor markets and excitement to our great little city this festive season. With so much going on we’re confident that locals and residents will come in to shop, eat and drink, and enjoy Christmas in Truro.”

The Mayor of Truro, Steven Webb, added: “Truro is a wonderful, magical destination for everyone this coming festive season and we’re delighted to have new additions to Truro’s Christmas calendar of events. Truro City Council’s Visitor Information service, Visit Truro will have all the information you need to find out more. The team have been working closely with Truro BID to deliver this programme of events.”

To end this year’s festivities on Friday, December 31, there will be Family New Year Fireworks at 7.30pm and Midnight New Year Fireworks.

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