Aldgate Lantern Parade and Winter Fete back by popular demand

To mark the start of winter and festive season the Aldgate Lantern Parade and Winter Fete is back by popular demand.

The free event, hosted by the City of London Corporation, will take place for a second year running on Friday, 7 December.

Aldgate’s Lantern Parade, which will feature 525 lanterns made by children and adults across the area, will move through streets to the beat of the Barbican’s Drum Works leading to a festive fete in the new Aldgate Square.

The parade will launch from Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School playground at 4.45pm, and will culminate in the square where a Winter Fete – complete with performances, mulled wine and festive activities – will take place.

The Christmas tree lights will be switched on at 5.45pm.

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

“The Aldgate Lantern Parade and Winter Fete celebrates the winter season and the build-up to the Christmas holidays.

“It showcases the cultures, talent and businesses in the City and surrounding areas.

“The parade and fete is for all ages to enjoy and take part.”

Free lantern-making workshops are taking place on Wednesdays, 5-7pm, in Kahaila Aldgate, Aldgate Square, and on Saturdays, 2-4pm at Artizan Street Library. Bespoke workshops and lantern-making sessions can also be organised with groups and businesses from around the area.

For more information please contact laura.ratling@cityoflondon.gov.uk or info@aldgatecommunityevents.london for more information.

Notes to Editors

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk