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Details for 2018 will follow soon. Here is the How To Enjoy section from 2017 to give you an idea:


Plan your viewing spot

Boscawen Street, Lower Lemon Street and St Nicholas Street are always busy. Good spots for children and families are towards the top of Lemon Street or parts of River Street.


Plan your journey into town

All the car parks are open and the Park & Ride will be in full operation. The road closures in the centre of the city will be in place on a phased basis from 3pm so plan your journey in. All of the main arterial roads remain open throughout but there will be a lot of traffic. Trains and buses will be operating to their usual schedule with the exception of services between 7.30pm and 8pm which will operate via Fairmantle Street.  After 8pm, all bus services including Park & Ride will operate via the Bus Station on Green Street. Moorfield and the Viaduct car park will open until 9pm.


Follow the theme

This year’s theme is Glow. Share your stories and follow us on social media #YourCOL.


Support the event with a donation

The event costs around £50,000 to put on each year – including withy, paper, candles and lighting, materials, artist’s expertise, security and insurances. Support us by making a charitable donation so we can continue to light up Truro with this stunning event. text COLT17 £amount to 70070 or use the Paypal donate button on our homepage.


Food & drink

All the usual eateries in Truro will be open throughout the event and there will be a variety of food traders operating from 3pm on Lemon Quay, Boscawen Street and King Street. Street Traders include Chocolate, Cootilicious, Cornish Duck Truck, Cornish Venison, Dirty Harrys, Donut Dollies, Flour Power Pizza, Just Pigs, Katie's Cornish Hotpots, Keep Cornwall Fed, Lions Club, Marions Deli, Nellys Cornwall, Pencoose, Shellfish Pig, St Ives Cider and Thyme & Tide. If you want to eat in, remember to book your table in advance.


Avoid the crowds

City of Lights is a fantastic community event that attracts a lot of people into the city centre so please travel light and avoid bringing pushchairs or prams into the highly crowded areas in Boscawen Street, Lemon Quay, and St Nicholas Street.



There will be street performances around the city before and after the procession itself.


Viewing area for wheelchair users

This year we are creating a space specifically for wheelchair users on Princes Street, near Poundland and The Office.  Please book a space in advance via the links below. You can book a maximum of two places - one ticket per wheelchair user and one ticket for a carer.  Tickets will be checked on arrival at the barriers on Princes Street.


Book disabled viewing area tickets here.

How to Enjoy