Truro City of Lights

Truro City of Lights

18th November 2015

What’s it all about?
Nothing heralds the Christmas season quite like the warm glow of festive lights and this year the theme is Heros. The hugely anticipated Truro City of Lights festival and parade lights up the city in spectacular fashion delighting the crowds who gather to see the display.

What happens?
One of the most anticipated family events in Cornwall’s festive calendar, the City of Lights is a vividly creative celebration incorporating art, music, dance and, as its name suggests, light. The event features a dazzling procession of giant handmade withy and tissue lanterns floating through the streets carried by professional artists accompanied by a host of smaller lanterns carried by Cornish school children and local community and youth groups. Every year the procession has a different theme and is escorted by feast of music and dance including samba, brass bands and pipes & drums. In advance of the procession, there is music throughout the city including performances by school groups and the festivities continue after the procession with more outdoor music performances at various locations.

How can you take part?
Truro High School for Girls will be the start of the procession for schools, the large lanterns will join them at Charles Street and then process through the city centre. At Little Castle Street, the procession splits and the large lanterns will double back on themselves via Victoria Square to Lemon Quay.

Families with small children are advised to avoid Lemon Quay and Boscawen Street which can get very busy! This route gives plenty of space for viewing the procession away from the crowds – try joining us at the start on Falmouth Road or cheer us to the finish on St George’s Road.

The schools will continue onto St Georges Road to finish at Hendra Park.

The Christmas Lights switch on will be in Boscawen Street.

The Park and Ride will be operating every 10 minutes and will pick up and drop off at the the Bus Station on Green Street.

Did you know?

Truro’s gothic revival cathedral spectacularly illustrates the city’s prosperity in the 19th century. Copying the great cathedral builders of the medieval age, its huge spires soar over the city skyline, and inside there are some of the finest examples of Victorian stained glass in the UK.

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Jack and the Beanstalk … Mumford Theatre Cambridge


Friday 18 December, 6.30pm
Saturday 19 December, 1.30pm & 5.00pm
Sunday 20 December, 11.30am & 3.00pm

Come and be transported to the magical setting of Pantoland where you will meet Jack and all his friends.

Packed solid with comedy, excitement and adventure, the children will love to cheer their hero Jack and boo the evil Mayor Botchett.

They will roar with laughter at the antics of Barmy Bosworth and Dimples the cow, as they try to get the better of the comic Dame, Mrs Lumpkin.

Suitable for ages 4+

Tickets: £7.50

Mumford Theatre
Anglia Ruskin University
East Road

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Great Yarmouth Christmas Lights 2015

Celebrate the arrival of Santa in Great Yarmouth live on stage at the Big Switch On.

Friday 20th November 2015 6.00pm

With live music and entertainment from Chelsea Francis and the Testostertones, the Big Switch On gets the festive season off to a flying start for an evening of fun with ice jugglers, traditional carols from Great Yarmouth Brass and of course the turning on of Great Yarmouth’s Christmas Tree and town’s festive illuminations in the market place.

The entertainment begins at 6pm with live music from top local singers on the Heart FM soundstage to warm up the crowd with some upbeat Christmas tunes before Heart FM’s breakfast show presenters Dave and Sarah take to the stage to introduce the Mayor to switch on the lights at 7.00pm, followed by a rooftop firework display and more live music.

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Early Bird Christmas Countdown Competition

Win a fantastic Lakeland Peel the Sprout Game with The Big Red Box!

The lucky winner of our ‘Christmas Countdown’ Competition will receive a Lakeland Peel the Sprout Game …

Fun festive game for all the family
Pass the parcel with a seasonal twist
With a joke or a trinket in each multi-coloured layer
Includes a prize for the winner

For a chance to get your hands on this wonderful prize, simply visit our Competition pages and answer three fun festive questions.


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN WEEK 1 WINNER …. Alison Ross, your Festive Friend ‘Peel the Sprout’ is on its way to Lairg

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SantaGiveaway Competition

Win three Christmas Classics with The Big Red Box!

The lucky winner of our ‘SantaGiveaway’ Competition will receive three Christmas Classic Children’s DVD’s ….. Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

For a chance to get your hands on these wonderful stories, simply visit our Competition pages and answer three fun festive questions.

Our winner will be informed by email on the date of the draw … Saturday 22nd November 2014


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Countdown to Christmas … Secret Santa Competition

Enjoy Christmas on the farm this year with Schleich’s new advent calendar.

The lucky winner of our ‘Secret Santa’ Countdown Competition will receive this fabulous new Schleich Advent Calendar, containing a total of 26 individual items.

Build a beautifully detailed Christmas scene as you countdown to the big day with this incredible Schleich advent calendar. Featuring 24 days of fun, it includes a whole host of detailed plastic figures which gradually create a magic winter wonderland scene. Complete with Schleich’s famous top-quality horses, it’s a truly captivating and rewarding way to mark the most festive time of year.

For your chance to get your hands on this wonderful prize simply visit our Competition pages and take a guess at our first Secret Santa Celebrity of the season. UK ENTRIES ONLY


Congratulations to Ali Simpson of Poole, Dorset …. winner of this weeks ‘Countdown to Christmas’ Competition. Your prize is on its way!

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Bromley Santa Dash 2014

Sunday 30th November 2014

What is the Bromley Santa Dash?

The Santa Dash is a fun, festive, family orientated event over a 2km course starting at Queens Mead Rec and finishing up on Bromley High Street. The ‘dash’ is not a race, but a fun run, jog or walk around the course, allowing you to be a part of a fantastic Christmas experience as one of 100’s of Santa’s taking part.

Upon registration, you will receive a race pack which you collect prior to the event which contains your very own Santa suit and race number to be worn on the day. The event starts with a mass Christmas themed warm up, down at Queens Mead to get you all in the festive spirit and after you’ve completed your run you will also receive your souvenir medal!

Where & when?
The Santa Dash starts at 2pm on Sunday 30th November at Queen’s Mead Recreation Ground, however you will need to allow around 15-20mins beforehand to get down to the start and take part in the fun warm up.

Full event details will be provided in the race pack which will be available for collection before the event.

Who can take part?
The Santa Dash is a fun, family orientated event and is open for everyone to participate in, as long as you and anyone else you are signing up to the event are fit and able to take part.

You can sign a maximum of 6 people up on each registration form, however under 12’s must be accompanied by an adult on the day. Under 3’s won’t receive their own race pack or Santa Suit, however there will be a medal for them at the finish.

The course is set over a combination of mixed terrain and although we welcome pushchairs and wheelchair users to take part in the event, please be aware that due to the nature of the course you will be asked to start towards the rear of the participants to avoid bottle necks along the course.

Unfortunately dogs and reindeer are unable to take part in the event due to the nature of the course.

Please remember it’s not a serious running race and we recommend you jog or walk the course, taking in the atmosphere of the day.

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Barnet Santa Dash 2014

Sunday 30th November
Join the Barnet Santa Dash in support of the Nightingale Cancer Support Centre

Trent Park, Cockfosters Road, Barnet, EN4 0PS
1km Buggy Run 10.40am start
5km Santas Dash 11.15am start

Free Santa’s hat and hot refreshments for all participants Or order your full Santa suit from us.

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Motherwell Santa Dash & Reindeer Run

Sunday 23rd November 2014 … 11.00am
In support of St Andrews Hospice

Santa must visit every house, in every town, in every country across the World in order to get Christmas gifts to all the boys and girls who have been very good this year. Santa needs to limber up and train for this round-the-world adventure.

St Andrew’s Hospice have created a 6k festive fun run/walk/jog event to help Santa with his training. However Santa has asked if all the little girls and boys (and big girls and boys) of Lanarkshire can come and run with him?

Join us for a festive day of fun for all the family. All adults will get a Santa suit to wear and all children will be given reindeer antlers and flashing noses to get them into the festive spirit.

Santa is even bringing along his REAL REINDEER for all the children to meet!

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Support St. Catherine’s Hospice this Christmas

Join the Horsham Santa Fun Run
Sunday 16 November at 10:30am
Horsham Park, Horsham

Help make magical memories for local families this Christmas by joining in our festive Santa Runs!

Santa Runs are back and this year we are making them bigger and merrier than ever.

We have four festive fun-runs around Sussex and Surrey, so no matter where you live you can put on a Santa suit and raise money for a great Claus. The money raised at our Santa Runs will contribute to the £180,000 it costs us to care for patients and their families in the local area over the 12 days of Christmas.

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