Festive, magical lantern parade

A lantern parade takes place at The Alnwick Garden on Sunday, December 21. Pictures by Margaret Whittaker.
A lantern parade takes place at The Alnwick Garden on Sunday, December 21. Pictures by Margaret Whittaker.

The magic of Christmas will come alive during an enchanting community lantern procession at The Alnwick Garden.

The dark winter night will be spectacularly lit up on Sunday – and this year’s event promises to be bigger than the 2013 extravaganza.

Beginning in the Pavilion Room at 5pm, the parade will be led by Spark, a magical live music, light and movement spectacular.

The procession will make its way into The Garden creating a spectacular visual feast for residents and visitors.

Once in The Garden, the procession will end in front of the Grand Cascade, creating a beautiful display of light and sound.

A spokeswoman for The Garden said: “This will be a night to remember and get you in the festive spirit.

“We’re very excited about this year’s lantern parade; bigger than last year’s, it will include more musical performers, more lanterns, a stilt walker and dancers, as well as some giant illuminated puppets.

“A great prelude to Christmas, the parade gives everyone the chance to take part in a really unique display that captures the spirit of The Garden.”

People are encouraged to wear suitable warm clothing to the event and to bring a torch, if possible.

Smooth Radio North East will also be at the parade to kick off with all of the Christmas favourites.

This event is free with general admission to The Garden.

In the run-up to the parade, The Garden is hosting a series of lantern-making workshops.

You can make your creations with Santa’s elves and then keep your ticket and lanterns, and join the parade on Sunday, December 21.

Lanterns will cost £3.50 each, and will include all the materials and guidance needed.

Tickets for the lantern-making workshops can be purchased in advance or on the day in admissions.

The workshops take place this Saturday and Sunday and sessions run at 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3pm and 4.30pm.

For more information, visit The Alnwick Garden website or call 01665 511350.