Christmas Lantern Parade in Chester 30 November

20 November 2017

Festive lanterns are set to light up Chester City Centre on Thursday 30 November. Chester’s Queen of Light joins hundreds of local school children for this year’s Lantern Parade.

The children leave from Chester’s Christmas Market at 7pm with their handmade lanterns along St Werburgh Street accompanied by the Queen of Light, walking along Eastgate Street to the Cross, down Bridge Street, then turning around and heading for Northgate Street, with the Parade ending back at the Christmas Market in Town Hall Square.

Primary Schools taking part this year include Cherry Grove, Belgrave, Boughton Heath, Hoole, Chester Bluecoat, Dee Point and Tarporley.
Said Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing: “This is always a popular festive parade, the lanterns have been made by the children in workshops led by Chester artist Russell Kirk.

“Russell has made structures for parades including the Twelve Days of Christmas, Midsummer Watch, Winter Watch and Diwali, his Queen of Light structure adds to the Lantern Parade spectacle.” The Lantern Parade is part of Chester’s Christmas celebrations that include the Christmas market in Town Hall Square, Chester Zoo’s Lantern Magic, Chester Cathedral’s Christmas Tree Festival,  The Winter Watch Parade (7 December) and the combined Saturnalia and Winter Watch Parade (14 December).

Park and Ride buses are running up to 9pm on every late night shopping Thursday, with the last bus at around 9pm instead of 7pm.  For the whole of the last shopping week before Christmas, Monday 18 December until Friday 22 December, the last bus will also be approximately 9pm.

2016 Lantern Parade
2016 Lantern Parade

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