2012_xmas_fest-5708 - CopyNewquay’s festive Lantern Parade is set to light up the town on Friday November 28th in a spectacular seasonal showdown, which will combine the official ‘turn on’ of the town’s lights with a glittering firework display over the harbour, late night shopping and of course, Father Christmas himself and his beautiful herd of reindeer.

The Lantern Festival will be the biggest yet, with all Newquay schools participating alongside the Mayor, a Newquay Band, the Carnival Queen, Camborne Youth Band and St John’s Ambulance. The popular parade is organised by the Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) and Newquay Town Council as part of the Festive Festival, and is set to be even bigger and better than last year’s event which attracted almost 3000 people.

The 2014 parade will gather behind the Bristol Hotel at 18.00 hours before proceeding onto Cliff Road and East Street at 18.30 hours. Father Christmas and his real-life reindeer will be joining the parade at the Victoria Hotel where two lucky competition winners will be fortunate enough to take a ride on his sleigh.

The parade will halt at the bottom of Marcus Hill where the magical town lights will be officially activated by Holly Day of Pirate FM to the harmonious background buzz of carol song. The evening will eventually then reach a Christmassy crescendo at 20.30 hours when a spectacular firework display is set to explode over the harbour.

Newquay BID Manager, Kate Cortez says of the procession, “We are really excited about this year’s parade. Last year was a major hit with an absolutely amazing atmosphere and we’re planning on this year’s being even bigger and better. We want to fill the town with an undeniable festive cheer and ensure everyone is out and about making the most of the celebrations, the late night shopping and the town’s brilliant bars and restaurants.”

Joe Piwecki, Deputy Town Clerk of the Newquay Town Council says, “It has been a pleasure working alongside the BID in arranging this event. Together, we have produced some amazing ideas and we cannot wait to see them in action. It is going to be a magical Newquay event for all ages so come along to get into the Christmas spirit!”

Parade visitors can take advantage of the town’s late night shopping as many local retailers will be throwing the doors open with extended opening hours  for those who wish to get ahead with their gift gathering and support local independent shops and traders.

For more information about Newquay’s Christmas programme, people can pick up a copy of the Festive Events Guide which lists details of all local events up until New Year’s Eve. Created by the BID for the fourth year running, 10,000 copies of the guide have been distributed. Copies can be collected from the Tourist Information Centre or downloaded from www.newquaybid.co.uk.

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