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Christmas in Truro

Your ultimate guide to all things Christmas over the festive season

Enjoy the Magic of Christmas in Truro 2015

Christmas in Truro is a truly unique and enjoyable experience. This vibrant city really comes alive during the festive season with a wonderful mix of events and Christmas shopping.

Every year, the 'City of Lights' procession and Christmas lights switch-on marks the start of our Christmas festivities. 

Shops throughout the city open until 9pm every Wednesday for the last late night shopping, and the streets will be filled with festive market stalls, entertainers, brass bands and carol singers, all rounded off with the festive smell of mulled wine and hot chestnuts! Truro's cafes, bars and restaurants also open their doors to hungry shoppers and festive merry makers alike, with many offering special deals on their delicious food and drink menus.

The Christmas Truro pocket guide is printed every year to keep you informed of everything you need to know about Christmas in Truro. It includes an event calendar for the whole of December, a street by street shopping directory and comprehensive information on travelling to Truro.

Late Night Shopping - 25 November, 2, 9,16 and 23 of December 2015


This year there will be an extra night of Late Night Shopping on the 23rd of December with a Winter Wonderland Street Party from 5-9pm!



Christmas Shopping in Truro



City of Lights Parade - Wednesday 18th November & the Switch on of the Lights 7pm 2015

City of Lights is an annual event firmly embedded in Truro's calendar since 1996. The dazzling festival takes place thanks to a partnership of organisations, schools, community groups and artists creating a spectacular celebration of light.

Gipsy Acora returns to Lemon Quay

Gipsy Acora returns to Lemon Quay from Tues 24 November to Sun 20 December

Reindeer Parade - Wednesday 25th November 6pm

See Father Christmas and his real reindeer from 6pm followed by a procession through the streets of Truro at 6.45pm.

Cornwall Hospice Santa Fun Run - Wednesday 25th November 2015 7.30pm

Take part in the Santa Fun Runs and embrace the Festive Spirit.

Late Night Shopping in Truro 2015 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd Dec

Every Wednesday from until (and including) the 23rd December, there will be late night shopping in Truro.

Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair Wednesday 25th - Sunday 29th November 2015

The Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair showcases the best of Cornish-made products.

Truro Christmas Street Markets 2015

Five Wednesday evenings and, and three all day Saturday markets are on offer this year. The dates are 25 Nov, 2, 9 & 16 Dec (Wednesdays, 5.00pm till 9.00pm), and 5, 12, 19 December (Saturdays, 9.00am till 5.00pm).

Christmas Storytime - Wednesday 17th December at 10am

Join us for Christmas stories, a party (fancy dress is you like!) and to meet Santa!

Santa visits Truro Community Library

Santa returns to the Garden at Truro Community Library on Wednesdays 25th November, 2nd December, 9th December & 16th December, 5.30pm-7.30pm

Late Night Shopping at Truro Cathedral

This year the Cathedralís Late Night Shopping evenings is on the 2nd, 9th and 16th December, between 6.30 and 9pm are packed with even more fun things to see and do than usual.

Aga cooking events with David Pengelly

Surprise yourself and see how much an AGA can really do. David Pengelly will be showing you how to get to grips with an Aga.

Thursday 26th November 2015, 7pm Cornwall Hospices Light Up a Life Service

A special carol service to remember loved ones at Christmas, in association with Cornwall Hospice Care - All welcome

Truro Farmers Market extra Christmas Dates!

Truro Farmers Market is on Lemon Quay on Wednesday (including late night shopping) and Saturday. In addition to this, they have extra dates!

Three Spires Singers presents Verdi Requiem @ Truro Cathedral

Three Spires Singers presents Verdi Requiem @ Truro Cathedral as we enjoy the start to the festive season.

Truro Primestock Show - Wednesday 2nd December

Truroís Annual Christmas Primestock Show is held in a marquee on Lemon Quay and is a favourite with farmers and townspeople alike.

Truro Methodist Church open during late night shopping!

Truro Methodist Church is open during late night shopping on Wednesday 2,9,16 & 23 December

Truro Primestock Christmas Craft & Food Fair - Friday 4th & Saturday 5th December 2015

Each year on the Friday and Saturday following the Livestock Show, the Primestock Society organises a Craft & Food Fair in the Show Marquee.

Mayors Charity Day 5 December 9.30am, Lemon Quay

The city's Mayor, Lorrie Eathorne-Gibbons is supporting the Emmaus Cornwall Charity, who help homeless people in Cornwall.

From Darkness to Light Sunday 6 December 6pm

A special advent service sung by Truro Cathedral Choir celebrating the light of Christ at this special time of year. There will be a collection.

Truro Victorian Christmas Market - Tuesday 8th to Sunday 13th December Lemon Quay

Come into Truro and enjoy the Victorian Christmas Market, mingling with the ladies and gent of that era.

BBC Radio Cornwall Christmas Concert Tue 8 Dec 7pm

BBC Radio Cornwall Christmas Concert - A popular concert each year. Listen to BBC Radio Cornwall for details of when and how to apply for tickets.

Father Christmas will visit the Pannier Market from 6.30pm

Father Christmas will visit the Pannier Market on most Wednesday evenings 2nd, 9th & 16th of December 2015

Christmas Open Evening at Princes House 9 Dec Wed 6-9pm

Princes House Cornwall is proud to showcase the wonderful businesses and business men and women that produce incredible works here right in the heart of Truro.

BIG Christmas Sing 2015

Friday 11 7.30pm Truro's BIG Christmas Sing - Come and sing your favourite carols.

TAODS present Chuchbells & Candlelight @ St. John's Church, 12 Dec 7.30pm

With Christmas well and truly on the way, take a moment to surround yourself with the sounds of Christmas, set amidst candles in the atmospheric St Johnís Church.

Truro Choral Society with Truro Symphony Orchestra perform Handel Messiah

When the choir last performed this work in 2013 the reviewer in the West Briton referred to it as their "best Messiah yet", praising the choir for it's "enthusiasm and energy " and "crisp and clear singing".

Last Chance Show Friday 18 - Sunday 20 December 2015

A three day frenzy of Christmas Shopping in a large marquee on Lemon Quay. This is your last chance for customers to buy those special Christmas gifts.

Kids workshops at Truro Arts Cafe in December and January

Kids workshops at Truro Arts Cafe in December and January on Sat the 19th of December and Saturday the 2nd of January.


Finding something to do in the run up to Christmas which doesnít involve spending money isnít easy but the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro has plenty on offer!

Nine Lessons and Carols Service to be filmed for release as DVD

The ĎFestival of Nine Lessons and Carolsí services on 23rd and 24th December 2015 at 7pm are a traditional part of Christmas celebrations for many people in Cornwall, as they have been since they were devised by the first Bishop of Truro in 1880.

Winter Wonderland Street Party Wednesday 23rd December 5-9pm

Boscawen Street will feel like a winter-wonderland with snow falling from the sky!

Christmas with Truro Community Library

Truro Community Library always makes a wonderful effort in making Truro extra special for children during the festive season.

An Invitation to cats, dogs, guinea pigs, hamsters and parrots to bring their owners to the

A gathering of two legged and four legged friends will take place at Truro Cathedral on Sunday 27th December 2015 at 2pm. Animals of all colours, shapes and sizes will come together for their own special carol service.

New Years Eve 31 December 2015 midnight

Fire works display in Truro

Christmas Truro Guide 2015

City of Lights Procession 2013

City of Lights Procession and Christmas Lights Switch On 2011

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