Truro City of Lights


Nothing heralds the Christmas season quite like the warm glow of festive lights.

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.


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, on Wednesday, November 14, 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.

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.

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.