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Lantern Parade and Winter Markets

24th November 2017

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Attracting crowds of up to 3,000 and celebrating the start of the festive season, Devizes Winter Parade boasts one of the region's biggest lantern processions. A river of hundreds of beautiful creations, made by community participants will wind its way through the town, collect Father Christmas en route and arrive back in the Market Place for the Devizes Christmas Lights switch on. Our Christmas markets are a great place to get special hand made gifts created by local craftspeople and makers.


View the galleries from 2015 and 2016 Lantern Parades below: 

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(thanks to James Harrison Productions)

Entertainment, Lantern Parade & the Big Switch On

Sidmouth Street Winter Festival

Including music & performance, children's attractions, great food, mulled wine bar, high class raffle & craft stalls.


Santa’s Grotto Albion Place

Come and see our Christmas Tree and Santa in his grotto – This is a free event



The Market Place will host entertainment from 5pm including Devizes Town Band, Fantasy FM and performers from Circomedia.


Lantern Parade

Starting at 6.15pm from Sidmouth Street led by Santa Claus.

The biggest and most beautiful lantern parade in Wiltshire will wind its way from Sidmouth Street to the Market Place. Follow this magical spectacle with hundreds of lanterns made by local schools, community groups and individuals follow them to the big light switch on.


Christmas Light Switch on and Fireworks

Santa will switch on the Christmas lights at 6.45pm in the Market Place.


Come and be part of this wonderful event and breathe in the true community spirit of the season.

Christmas Markets


Market Place 12.30pm – 8.30pm

An open air market selling Christmas gifts and decorations, food and drink.


Corn Exchange 2.30pm – 8.30pm

Find unique Christmas gifts at our indoor market offering a range of high quality hand-made goods.

Interested in booking a Stall at Devizes Christmas Festival and markets? Click below to go to our Markets Stall page


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Questions? Contact us at or on 07500 786541

Free Lantern Making Workshops


We hold a number of Lantern making workshops in the run up to the Parade - these are often with local schools, but we do also hold open workshops at the Crown Centre  - open to all, materials supplied FREE:


We kick off returning to the Wiltshire Museum, with workshops on Saturday 4th and Sunday 19th November! After such a successful workshop last year, we hope to see many of you there! Both workshops will be run from 1 - 5pm


We will also be running workshops at the Crown Centre on 7th and 14th November, with a final session for those that want to finish their lanterns on 21st November


We will also be working with Bishops Cannings Primary School on 11th/12th and 18th/19th November, 1-4pm, and hosting a workshop at HIllworth Park on 13th November, 6.30-8.30pm!


Keep a look out on our social media to find out what else will be happening in 2017 as it's announced

Christmas Fireworks