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Switch on of the City's Christmas Lights -Christmas Lantern Procession

Switch on of the City's Christmas Lights

“The Snow Queen” - Christmas Lantern Procession

Sunday 18 November 5.00pm

A service to celebrate the switch on of the Christmas lights in the city and the start of the festve season. Meet the city procession headed by Father Christmas, the Town Crier, civic leaders, samba bands and local children carrying giant lanterns depicting scenes from "The Snow Queen". Join us as we sing carols together and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas

Refreshments will be available in the Cloisters

Full details:

Gloucester’s Christmas Lantern Procession returns on Sunday 18 November to light up the streets of Gloucester. Now in its 8th year the Lantern Procession is a family favourite of the festive season. The procession begins at Kimbrose Triangle at 4.30pm, goes through the City Centre and finishes at Gloucester Cathedral where a free carol service will take place for the community.

Eight schools in Gloucestershire have taken part in creating lanterns based around this year’s theme of The Snow Queen. Each school has been assigned a professional artist who has been working with them over several sessions producing lanterns, based on everything from trolls and princesses to reindeer and snowflakes, for what promises to be a memorable spectacle.

The schools taking part and their artists are:

  • Widden Primary School – Ropert McKenzie
  • Longney C of E Primary Academy – Anita Andrews
  • Hardwicke Parochial Primary School – Maya Wolfe
  • Dinglewell Junior School – Susie Walker
  • Shurdington C of E Primary School – Dominic Thomas
  • Finlay Community School – Alison Cockroft
  • Longford Park Primary Academy – Anna Buckland
  • Coney Hill Community Primary School – Alison Cockroft

There will also be a free ‘Make and Take Lantern Workshop’ taking place on Saturday 17th November in Eastgate Shopping Centre where families can create their very own lanterns to take home for the festive season. The workshop is open to all ages and runs from 11am to 3pm.

The event is organised by Marketing Gloucester on behalf of Gloucester City Council. This year, Gloucester BID has provided funding to enable additional schools to participate. Nick Brookes, chairman of Gloucester BID, said: "The Lantern Procession and the Cathedral carol service is one of the best Christmas events in Gloucestershire. Gloucester BID is happy to provide support to enable extra schools from across the county to join in with this stunning procession through Gloucester and see our city at its best.”

Natasha Roumian, events co-ordinator at Marketing Gloucester, said: “We’re really excited to be working with so many artists and schools. Everyone has been working so hard and it’s looking amazing already. The addition of the Lantern Workshop to this year’s event means that anyone has the opportunity to create their very own lantern and take the festive spirit home.”

The Christmas Lantern Procession is held in association with The Snow Queen which will be performed at Blackfriars Priory in December. The Snow Queen is presented by Gloucester Guildhall and produced by Strike A Light. The Snow Queen is suitable for all the family with story-telling, puppetry, live music and plenty of live action to keep you warm with festive cheer. To buy tickets or find out more information on The Snow Queen, visit www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk.


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