Falmouth Lights Switch On

A canopy of 50,000 LED lights lit the streets of Falmouth last week as the annual lights switch-on brought Christmas spirit to town.

Children paraded through the streets as crowds gathered in the town centre on December 2nd to celebrate Falmouth’s main Christmas event.

Hundreds of children alongside their families set off the event with a parade through the streets of Falmouth.

Leaving from the Events Square at 6pm, the parade marched through Arwenack Street, Church Street and Market Street towards The Moor for the grand lights switch on at 7pm.

Closed from traffic, the lights from rows of shops lightened up the way, kick starting December’s Thursday late night shopping series.

With handmade lanterns held high, even if reused from Truro’s Festival of Lights, children marched in excitement, banging drums and holding hands with their even-more excitable parents.

A choir of school children and Falmouth’s School Jazz Band welcomed the huge gathering of festive revellers that ever so quickly filled the Moor.

Wrapped in layers of winter clothing, the crowd began to countdown for what they had waited so long in the freezing cold weather for.

The lights were switched on by seven-year-old cancer patient, Chloe Edwards, who was nominated by her teacher.

The night ended with Christmas music played from the stage as it began to snow over town, giving a somewhat magical end to the night.

“It was very festive,” said Mikie Daniel, first year Creative Advertising student at University College Falmouth. “I thought it was very tasteful actually, compared to the light display we have back at home.”

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