Truro BID

Christmas 2020 

November Update

The Christmas offer is still a top priority for many businesses so the BID is working to improve and manage the ‘all-round’ Christmas offer and influence a coordinated event programme. This includes discussing plans for Christmas with our partners at Truro City Council and Visit Truro.

For 2020 the Christmas offer involves thinking about the best ways we can attract people to Truro and support our resident businesses to achieve their best potential sales, whilst considering what's possible due to COVID-19 restrictions and the budgets available. We have had to make changes due to the second national lockdown.

The Truro City Centre Christmas Lights which are installed, maintained and funded by Truro BID; along with funding from Lionel and Carol Knight for the Angels and lights in Boscawen Street, and lights in Princes Street are now up and will be illuminating the city. Take a look at our Virtual Christmas Lights Switch-on streamed on Pirate FM on Wednesday 18 November which is also available on YouTube.

Following the announcement of the second national lockdown there will be three late night shopping Wednesdays from 9 December where we will be focusing on entertainment and the roads will be traffic-free to give people space to shop, eat and drink. 

For the full, current festive events programme see Activities are subject to government lockdown restrictions being lifted. Businesses who have any questions should contact:

Other Past Christmas Activities 

For 2018 and 2019 to add to the atmosphere for Wednesday late night shopping, we projected large visuals on the TUI building (corner of Boscawen Street and Lemon Street), and on the Arts Café in River Street. Truro BID are behind the projections, with the creative content produced by Truro and Penwith College students.

For the last few years we delivered the event management for the annual Father Christmas Parade in partnership with Truro City Council and Visit Truro.

New for 2019, we sponsored Father Christmas at the Museum in River Street for Wednesday late-night shopping and Coppice Theatre's Jack's Frosty Stories for six performances on two dates.

We also support the City of Lights event team to deliver this annual event that attracts circa 30,000 visitors and kick-starts Christmas in Truro.


Truro Christmas Street Markets 2020 - cancelled

Regrettably the Truro Christmas Street Markets 2020 that offers quality gifts and street food will not take place this year due to the current COVID-19 restrictions.  

Usually these markets are held on four dates on Saturdays and four or five Wednesdays on the build up to Christmas.  

Road closures will still be in place from Wednesday the 25th of November with an emphasis on having space to shop.

Bookings for the Truro Christmas Street Markets will open in June 2021.

Truro is especially beautiful at this festive time of year with its cobbled street and amazing lights. With attractive daily rates, the market trading hours coincide with the extremely popular Wednesday Christmas late night shopping and busy Saturday's.

A maximum of 34 pitches (consisting of stalls selling Gifts/General Merchandise and Street Food) along with 6 pitches for privately owned Street Food Catering Vans are available. Prices for 2019 started from £75 + VAT for Saturday and £105 + VAT for Wednesdays.  

If you would like to book or know more about Truro Christmas Street Markets for 2021 please contact Truro BID, Alun Jones