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On Wednesday 27th November Truro will welcome Father Christmas and his real reindeer as they lead a parade through the city to mark the start of the late night shopping in Truro. 

  • 5.30 / 6.00pm catch a glimpse in Victoria Square
  • Parade starts at 6.30pm and will be accompanied by the Camborne Youth Band & Cornwall Dance School. 
  • The children traveling in the sleigh with Father Christmas are from Kernow Young Carers - more information can be found below about the charity. 
  • Shops & the Made in Cornwall Christmas market will stay open till 9pm 
  • Both park & ride services are open till late. 
  • For the full parade route pick up a copy of our Truro Winter guide. 

The event is sponsored by Truro City Council, Truro BID & Mallets Home Hardware.

Notes about the Reindeer 

The reindeer's taking part in the parade are from the Cairngorm Reindeer Herd - Britain's only free ranging herd of reindeer found in the Cairngorm mountains in Scotland. Reindeer have lived in the Cairngorms National Park since 1952, where the herd are permitted to graze on over 10,000 acres upon the mountainsides where they live out there life. 

During November & December, tame & tractable adult male reindeer from the Cairngorm herd go out and about on tour to increase public awareness of the herd & raise funds to help maintain there lifestyle. Each individual reindeer will only do a couple of weeks work before returning to their mountain home. 

The Reindeer are accompanied during the parade by their handlers as well as a Vet to make sure the animals are not in any distress. 

Kernow Young Carers 

Action for Children run Kernow Young Carers Service for young carers and young adult carers throughout Cornwall aged from 4 years old to 25 years old. They have over 2,000 young people registered with the service who they aim to make a caring role more positive for by offering support, information and advice for their lives and caring roles. Kernow Young Carers have a programme of activities & short breaks throughout the year. They also offer a number of residential trips, to give young people a break from their caring role, along with groups around self esteem, confidence building for young carers & drop in sessions at secondary schools across Cornwall. 

This year they are also the chosen charity of the current Mayor of Truro, Cllr Robert J Smith.