Lantern parade to light up town centre - The Rugby Observer

Lantern parade to light up town centre

A DAZZLING parade will light up Rugby town centre early next month – and residents are being encouraged to join in.

The town’s lantern procession will take place on Saturday December 9 – and free lantern-making kits and workshops will be on offer for anyone who wants to take part.

The procession will start at St Andrew’s Church at 5.30pm, and be led by a colourful samba band on a short circular route around the town centre, before returning to the church for hot chocolate and some traditional Christmas carols.

A free lantern making workshop will take place in the church between 2pm and 4.30pm- with other workshops also taking place on the day in various town centre locations.

Rugby First Business Manager Linda Lowne said: “We would love as many people – individuals, businesses or groups such as Brownies, Beavers, Rainbows, or schools – to join the procession as well as make lanterns prior to the event.

“If anyone is interested in getting involved, please get in touch and we can provide you with your free lantern making kit. You can also just make and bring your own lantern.

“The parade is a perfect opportunity to bring together Rugby’s communities and share the magic of Christmas, as well as shine a positive light on our town centre and encourage people to shop local and support their town centre.”

The lanterns are hand-held and made from environmentally friendly materials. The free lantern making kits – with limited availability – come with an online demonstration video, are easy to assemble, and are suitable for all ages.

Torches, LEDS and lights are welcome – but naked flames are not permitted.

The procession leaves St Andrew’s Church at 5.30pm on Saturday December 9. Participants are asked to arrive at the church for 5.15pm at the latest and wear warm clothing.

Visit or email [email protected] for more information or to obtain a free lantern making kit.


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