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Lantern Procession & Christmas Light Switch On

November 18 @ 1:00 pm - 6:15 pm GMT


A festive day out with free activities for all the family. Take part in the glowing lantern parade celebrating the 12 days of Christmas, watch the Tree of Light Ceremony with a little love in Kings Square, or join the singing and hear Gloucester Cathedral Carol Service a ringing.

Make your own lantern – Eastgate shopping Centre – 1-4pm 

If you want to join the parade you are welcome to drop into this lantern making workshop to make your own 12 days of Christmas themed lantern. Sponsored by Gloucester BID, the lantern workshops will be in Eastgate shopping centre between 1-4pm.

Lantern Procession & Christmas Lights Switch on – 4.40pm

We see the return of the Lantern Procession and Christmas Lights Illumination on 18 November, starting at 4.40pm in Southgate Street. Children across 6 primary schools this year have drawn upon the theme of the ’12 days of Christmas’, an array of illuminated lanterns, pipers piping, and flying gold rings, will form a parade. Pupils from 6 Gloucester schools taking part this year are: Meadowside Primary School, The Altus School, Coney Hill Community Primary School, Field Court C of E Infant Academy, Dinglewell Junior School, and Kingsway Primary School.

For the first time the parade route will include Kings Square. Happenings along the parade route include the Christmas light switch on at 4.50pm at the Cross, illuminating the gate streets. The Tree of Light Ceremony at 5pm in Kings Square and ending at Gloucester Cathedral for the Carol Concert at 5.30pm – 6:15pm.

Lantern Parade – Saturday 18 November
4.45pm Procession starts on Southgate Street
4.47pm Front of Procession arrives at the Cross
4.50pm Light Switch on at the Cross
5-5.15pm King’s Square: Tree of light Ceremony & Switch On
5.16pm Kings’ Square: Love art Performance (10 mins)
5.26pm Procession Leaves Kings Square towards Cathedral
5.34pm Procession arrives at Gloucester Cathedral
5:45pm Gloucester Cathedral Carol Service

Bright Nights Christmas is kindly supported by: Gloucester City Council and Gloucester BID.  

Image credit: Visit Gloucester


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