Aldgate Lantern Parade and Winter Fair back to kickstart the festive season

Aldgate in Winter is back celebrate the start of the festive season.

Building on the success of the past two years, the free event, run by the City of London Corporation in collaboration with community groups, organisations, schools and businesses, is open to all on Friday 6 December.

Aldgate Lantern Parade will feature over 500 lanterns made by children and adults from across the local area.

The parade will launch from Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School at around 4:45pm and move through the streets north of Aldgate High Street to the beat of the Barbican’s Drum Works, leading to a festive fete in the new Aldgate Square.

The Winter Fair will simultaneously take place between Aldgate Square and St Botolph without Aldgate, complete with an array of performances, art, food, drink and festive activities.

Randall Anderson, Chairman of the City Corporation’s Community and Children Services Committee, said:

“The Aldgate Lantern Parade and Winter Fete is a wonderful collaborative celebration between City residents, community groups, schools and businesses.

“Not only does it promote a sense of community, but it also showcases the cultures, talent and businesses in the Square Mile and neighbouring areas.

“It’s open for everyone to enjoy and I hope to see many people there as possible.”

In the run up to the big day, free lantern-making workshops will be held across Aldgate and beyond, with this year’s theme focusing on the environment, climate and ‘all-things-green’. The project team are working with a Sustainability Manifesto, and materials are sustainably sourced and recyclable, as far as possible.

Open workshops are taking place every Wednesday in November, 5-7pm, in Kahaila Aldgate, Aldgate Square, and on Saturdays, from 9th – 30th November, 2-4pm at Artizan Street Library. Bespoke workshops and lantern-making sessions can also be organised with groups and businesses from around the area by getting in touch with the project team.


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