It all starts from 4pm with lots of entertainment throughout the high street. At 6pm Newquay’s very own Joe Hurworth will be performing outside Marcus Hill alongside Oll an Gwella, followed by the Lantern Parade at 6.30pm. The Lantern Parade will be the biggest yet, with even more community members taking part alongside all local schools: look out for The Wave Project, the RNLI, Devon and Cornwall Fire Service, Blystra Arts and Newquay Zoo! The parade starts at Cliff Road and wends its way through the town to Fore Street: this year, an artist has been running workshops with the local schools and community groups on how to make the lanterns so expect them to be even more eye-catching and bigger than previous years! With even more schools involved than ever before, the parade is set to be full of magical lanterns and community spirit and what a perfect way to kick off the festive season! We also have Newquay Band and Kernow Pipes and Drums within the parade to create a traditional festive vibe.
At 7pm there’s the Christmas Lights Switch On by Newquay Town Council with some very special guests, including Joe Hurworth and Pirate FM and of course Santa! The evening then reaches a Christmassy crescendo at 8pm, with a spectacular firework display, provided by Newquay Town Council, set to explode over the harbour. There’s also Newquay Late Night Shopping across the town until 8pm: if you haven’t thought about Christmas presents yet then this is a perfect opportunity. Newquay’s eclectic high street has both chain stores and independent retailers offering a wide variety of shops, from health foods to pet shops, jewellery stores to bags and accessories, and of course a great variety of quality surf shops selling beanies, mittens, scarves, and other brilliant stocking filler ideas. Why not take advantage of Newquay’s wealth of cafes, restaurants, bistros, and bars, selling everything from Pan-Asian fusion and seafood to stacked burgers with a festive twist and tasty vegan dishes. There’s also fish and chips and pasties of course! After the fireworks, enjoy some Christmas cocktails, craft beer, mulled wine or bubbles.
Newquay BID Manager, Carla-Marie Jones, says of the event “We are really excited about this year’s Lantern Parade and Christmas Lights Switch On. Last year was a major hit and we’re planning on this year’s being even better. We want to fill the town with festive cheer and a really vibrant atmosphere throughout the high street, ensuring everyone is out and about making the most of the celebrations, the late-night shopping and the town’s brilliant bars, cafes, and restaurants.”
For more information about everything going on in Newquay from 30th November to 1st January, look out for BID’s Festive Events Guide which is bursting with everything you will need to plan your festive period in Newquay. 8,000 copies of the guide are being published, with 5,000 being distributed in the Newquay Voice on Wednesday 28th November. Copies can also be collected from Newquay Tourist Information Centre or digitally downloaded from www.newquaybid.co.uk