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Welcome to City of Lights

Welcome to the official site of City of Lights, Truro's midwinter lantern festival. Nothing heralds the start of the festive season quite like this magical event.


We are delighted to announce that, for its 20th year, City of Lights will be moving into Victoria Gardens.  The event is evolving and expanding so instead of walking the lanterns through the streets, we will illuminate the gardens with lanterns, art installations, music, stories, dance, food & drink and all the magic of City of Lights.  


This move means that our wonderful audiences will be able to enjoy City of Lights at their own pace through the gardens and that there will be more opportunities to see and be part of the event as it will be open 4.30 – 8pm for three nights from 23 November – 25 November. More details on how to book for a particular evening and the schools schedule will be available in September.


Alongside the Gardens activity, there will be music and performance in the city centre together with lanterns and creative installations being developed with businesses.  The switch on of the city’s Christmas lights will take place in the city centre on the 23rd November.


City of Lights only happens with the generous support of our partners, funders, sponsors and donations.  


More details of the programme for City of Lights will be confirmed in September. Please contact with any immediate queries.





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