Redruth Town Council has declared that Christmas is not cancelled, and although things will be a little different this year, they are promising the community plenty of festive cheer.

Redruth usually plays host to crowds of revellers who come for the town’s Christmas procession, markets, entertainment and light switch on, but this year’s restrictions has put paid to the town’s traditional plans.

Lara McShee, community project manager said: “For obvious reasons we can’t have the parade this year and sadly grottos are still dividing opinions. Instead we’re turning our focus on lots of small reasons to still choose Redruth as a place to visit this December.

“We’ve taken all the favourite elements of our events at Christmas and spaced them out throughout the month, giving people a reason to come back week on week.”

The success of the town's monthly Saturday Market has meant that the stallholders will be back every week in December offering the best of local Cornish produce, Christmas trees, crafts, gifts and festive foods.

The stalls can be found dotted throughout the historic market town which has recently received more than three million pounds in funding to improve and restore its high street. The beautifully decorated Market Strand and Market Way will be festooned with fairy lights and will have a splendid Christmas tree at its centre.

The venue will also welcome more stalls among its independent shops, that lead through to the Buttermarket - mecca for local artisans.

The town is also still forging ahead with some of its traditions such as ‘merry and bright’ window displays – this year’s theme is ‘Lights’ and on Market Saturday’s wandering street performers and art installations have been planned (all adhering to social distancing guidelines).

Lara continued: “It’s more important than ever that we support our high street and traders. Our town is lucky to have a fantastic cinema, great eateries and stores who will all be providing gift vouchers and goods so why not pop in and support local.”

The markets take place on November 28, December 5, 12 and 19.

To keep up to date with all the latest plans follow the town’s Facebook page @redruthtown