Wrap-up warm and venture out into the Cornish twilight to experience a magical, midwinter light festival.

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

Cornwall comes alive from early November with the sleepy fishing villages illuminated in a spectacular display of Christmas decorations. Cobbled streets are filled with the aromas of mulled wine and mince pies while the skies are lit up with colourful firework displays. Harbours are bursting to the brim with an array of Cornish food, drink, and artisan craft stalls.

The hugely anticipated Truro City of Lights parade sets the scene for Cornwall’s festive calendar. Enjoy the magic of Truro in a magnificent midwinter display of withy, papier-mâché lanterns as they float through the streets of the City.

Capturing the imagination of local artists, residents, school children and college students, the City of Lights procession marks the start of Cornwall’s Christmas festivities. The community event is a dazzling celebration incorporating art, music, dance, and light. Each year, the lantern parade has a different theme and is accompanied by feast of music and dance including samba, brass bands, pipes and drums.

The light parade follows a route from Lemon Street through the city including Boscawen Street, St Nicholas Street, and River Street. Wrap-up warm and find a perfect spot under the night sky to watch the procession.

Throughout late November and December, shops in Truro open until 9pm every Wednesday for late night shopping. The streets are filled with festive market stalls, entertainers, brass bands and carol singers. Cafes, bars and restaurants in Truro also open for shoppers to relax and enjoy a beverage and dine with friends and family.

Plan your stay:

Visit the Truro City of Lights festival website for further information about the event. Read artist profiles, see images from previous light festival displays and plan your route.