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Lantern Parade and Winter Markets

30th November 2018


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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.


The 2017 Lantern Parade attracted record crowds with approximately 3500 people attending the event. We worked with 24 schools around the local area to make the beautiful creations seen on parade, including 4 groups new for 2017.  We welcomed new lantern making venues on board who hosted lantern making workshops, including Needham House and Hillworth Park Cafe and increased our days at Wiltshire Museum.  We are always happy to talk to new venues if you would like to host a workshop.


Thanks go to all students at Lavington School who worked with teacher Hermione Best to create the lanterns which appeared on the Market Cross.


A huge thanks to Mick and Chris Davey along with their team of helpers, Kelvin Nash, Ken Hulbert, Dave Buxton for making the amazing new Dinosaur Lantern and bringing their beautiful flamingo’s along.


We would also like to thank St. Johns Church and Parish Hall for letting us use the Hall and Church as Lantern HQ and Crown House for storing our lanterns on the run up to the Parade.


If you enjoyed the parade and the fireworks please consider making a donation to enable us to continue to subsidise workshops for local children and families to attend. A basic lantern costs £5 to make and light – if you can spare it please donate via our donations page


View the galleries from 2015 and 2016 Lantern Parades below: 

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(thanks to James Harrison Productions for the 2015/16 galleries and Steve Dixon and MoongypZy photography for the 2017 gallery)


This event is organised in partnership with Devizes Town Council and Fantasy Radio

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Christmas Markets

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

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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.


Questions? feel free to contact us via our Contact page

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 different venues that are open to all, with materials provided - all we ask is a small donation. 


If your school or group would like to take part in making lanterns and would like our support, please let us know. We ask that you can guarentee a minimum of 10 people, and we ask for a small donation towards the materials. Send us a message via our Contact page to discuss setting up a workshop


Keep a look out on our social media to find out what else will be happening in 2018 as it's announced nearer the event

Christmas Fireworks