Christmas lantern parade to mark Daventry’s Christmas lights being turned on

The 2013 lantern parade in Leamington Spa. Daventry will hold a similar event this year.
The 2013 lantern parade in Leamington Spa. Daventry will hold a similar event this year.

Daventry’s Christmas light switch-on will be replaced this year by a lantern parade through the town centre.

The parade will replace the traditional switching on of the lights. Instead this year the lights will already be on for the event.

Daventry Town Council is to stage the town’s first ever lantern parade as part of their annual Christmas event which this year will take place on Friday December 4 from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

Daventry Town Council say it has been liaising with various youth organizations and are providing the materials and instructions to build the lanterns.

A spokesman for the town council said: “The idea has been met with great enthusiasm by the town’s scouts, guides, cubs, beavers and air cadets who are making lanterns to take part in the town’s first ever lantern parade.

“It is hoped that this event is something that can be built on year on year and we would be delighted to speak to any other Daventry community groups/youth organisations who may wish to take part.

“There will also be an opportunity for the whole community to take part as the town council will be holding two free workshops for anyone who wishes to make a lantern and take part in the parade.”

The workshops will be on Saturday November 14 and 21 (venues and timings to be announced).

The lanterns which are made from willow and tissue paper are very simple to make; the light is provided by attaching a torch or LED candle carried on bamboo cane.

The spokesman added: “You can really let your imagination run wild and create your own unique lantern. They create a truly magical effect which will light up Daventry and enhance the town centre’s Christmas lights which will be on for the event.”

There will be entertainment in the town from 4.30pm with the lantern parade starting at 6.30pm. Led by Liberty Drum Corps, the route will encompass the whole town centre finishing at the Gazebo at the top of Sheaf Street at approximately 7pm.

The entertainment will then continue with the singing of traditional carols.

A full schedule of the event will be announced shortly but other attractions will include a Santa’s Grotto, face painting, street entertainers and an opportunity for children to learn some circus skills.

Martin Heath from BBC Radio Northampton will keep the public informed of events from the Gazebo at the top of Sheaf Street and introduce special guests which include pantomime stars from The Deco Theatre, a performance by Daventry Choral Society. The town’s Rotary Club will also be in attendance with Santa and his sleigh.