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All you need to know about Truro City of Lights 2019

All you need to know about Truro City of Lights 2019

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:54am 20th November 2019. (Updated at 9:14am 20th November 2019)

Truro's famous City of Lights is back with the switch-on of the city's Christmas lights!

The lantern parade is celebrating its 23rd year with the theme 'Under the Clock'.

It has been inspired by the transformation at Hall for Cornwall.

So what can we expect for 2019?

Pirate FM has put together a handy guide, covering everything from the parade route to the weather!


What is City of Lights all about?

Every year, some 30,000 people take to the streets of Truro to celebrate City of Lights.

School children will be among those parading the streets with lanterns.

This year's theme is 'Under the Clock', inspired by the transformation at Hall for Cornwall.

"Tony Crosby, a local maker and artist, is part of the founding team who conceived City of Lights. 

"Together, they wanted to explore the possibility of a new tradition for Truro and they set about creating unique and distinctive lanterns made from willow and opaque paper. 

"With a candle inside each lantern to guide the way, their vision was to bring together ancient traditions of making and storytelling. The lanterns were built to tell a story.

"The Truro lantern parade itself came about as a natural conclusion to the completion of the first lanterns. 

"This small team decided to take a quiet walk through the city streets to enjoy the patterns and candlelight reflections. It was a quiet celebration for the artists and creators to see their work come to life.

"Over nearly 25 years the parade has grown, first taking on a route, then involving schools and more artists. 

"Today, it's the highlight of the year for Truro residents and visitors".

Truro City of Lights

You can read more about the history of City of Lights here or watch details of this year's event below...


What is the route of the parade?

This year's Truro City of Lights parade begins at 7pm on Wednesday 20th November, with the switch-on of the city's Christmas lights.

The parade starts on Lemon Street and winds its way through the main streets, before ending up on Lemon Quay.

Here is the full route for 2019...

City of Lights Route 2019
This is the route of the parade for Truro City of Lights 2019. Photo: Truro City of Lights


What traffic and travel information do I need to know?

The Park and Ride will be in full operation, with the service extended to run until 10pm.

After the normal timetable finishes at 7pm, it will run from Quay Street/Truro Bus Station to either Langarth or Tregurra.

You will want to plan your journey because road closures in city centre will be phased in from 3pm on Wednesday.

Although the main arterial roads will remain open, heavy traffic is expected.

Trains and buses will be operating to their usual schedule but some bus routes will be amended while Green Street is closed from 7pm to 9pm. 

All the car parks are open and in Cornwall Council car parks, there is free long-stay parking from 4pm and free short-stay parking from 5pm.

You can check the latest traffic and travel information for Cornwall here.


What is the weather forecast?

Although the Met Office has issued a weather warning for torrential rain, that is due to end at 11am on Wednesday.

Whilst some showers are forecast for Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday evening, organisers are still going ahead.

"The wind and rain isn't as bad as it sounds. We're making hourly checks.

"Please check our social media and please understand that we don't have time to answer all your DMs today".

Truro City of Lights, Facebook

On Wednesday morning, organisers said they plan to go ahead and a little bit of rain and small breeze will not stop the parade!

You can follow all the updates on the Truro City of Lights Facebook page.

"Although windy with possible coastal gales in the west, it will be a largely dry day with a few bright spells for most. 

"Thicker cloud giving rain at times in the west, heavy for a time. Maximum temperature 10 °C.

"Tonight is windy with a risk of coastal gales in the west. Rain on the west tip of Cornwall in the evening will spread eastwards overnight, although easternmost parts should stay dry. Minimum temperature 1 °C".

Met Office

You can check the full forecast for Cornwall and the south-west here.

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