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Truro Victorian Christmas Market makes shopping a pleasure

Located in heated marquees on Lemon Quay, the Truro Victorian Christmas Market has just the right balance of nostalgia, quality and fun.
Christmas shopping is a chore which most of us dread, but not those who attend the olde-worlde Truro Victorian Christmas Market, which is held during the second week in December.

This is one of the highlights of any pre-Christmas visit to , with over 70 traders being handpicked to attend this 6-day market on Lemon Quay, depending upon their quality and presentation. Even if the weather is bad, this event still attracts thousands of shoppers as it is held in heated marquees. I would suggest allowing at least two hours for a visit, and you may well want to stay even longer.

Heated Marquees House Truro’s Christmas Market

The presentation at this high class event is wonderful as all the traders wear authentic Victorian dress, making it feel like you have turned back the clock. As well as going to great lengths to set the standard high with their costumes, I always find the traders/craftspeople very helpful and willing to talk about their goods, many of which they have spent the whole year making. Best of all, most stalls accept credit cards so you don’t have to arrive with a purse full of cash.

Although it seems like the market has been here about as long as the historic quay and market hall nearby, the Truro Victorian Christmas Market only began in 2003. The whole ethos of the event is to offer quality and value along with an exceptional customer service experience, and it really shows. The atmosphere in the market is one of smiling relaxed shoppers and the traders seem to have all the time in the world to help you find something rather special, and no problem if you just want to browse and move on.

Different sections of the Truro Victorian Christmas Market
Rather than jumbling everything together, the Truro Victorian Christmas Market is divided into specific sections. The Food Hall is crammed with locally produced meats, and you can actually order your Christmas turkey, pork or ham from the butchers in attendance and pick it up at the Last Chance Market on the weekend before Christmas – a great idea.

Sample cheese and delicious Cornish meats and pies, pick up handmade chocolates, preserves and liqueurs and generally feel like you’re getting Christmas sorted in a very civilized manner.

The separate Arts, Crafts and Gifts Hall has high quality and unusual gifts, clothing, leather bags, pottery, books, artworks, decorations etc. which all make great gifts.

There’s a large café in the marquee where you can “take five” and enjoy a piece of homemade cake or a light lunch, but there are plenty more lovely places to eat around the city which may be slightly less crowded.

Late night shopping at the Truro Victorian Christmas Market

The Christmas Market trading times are generally 10am to 5:30pm on the opening Tuesday. Wednesday is late night shopping in Truro so the market has extended opening hours until 9pm with entertainment for families.

Thursday the market is open from 10am to 5:30pm and Friday and Saturday from 9am to 5:30pm. The final day is Sunday with trading from 10am to 4:30pm. Admission is, of course, free.

The Mayor of Truro pays a visit during the week to judge the best decorated stall and the best dressed trader, and the Marks and Spencer’s prize certificates are clearly a big incentive for everyone to pull out all the stops.

Does the Truro Victorian Christmas Market get your vote for the best shopping experience in Cornwall? We’d love to hear your comments on this and other Cornish Christmas Markets.

About Gillian Birch

Born in Cheshire, Gillian Birch moved to Cornwall at her earliest opportunity and never looked back. After 20 years, her ongoing discovery of popular attractions, quiet footpaths and local eateries has made her a fount of knowledge as she entertains readers with her informative articles on the hidden gems of Devon & Cornwall from a local point-of-view.

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