Devizes Lantern Parade & Christmas Festival

30th November 2018

Markets from 12.30pm
Parade sets off at 6.15pm

Attracting crowds of over to 3,500 and celebrating the start of the festive season, Devizes boasts one of the region’s most spectacular lantern processions. A river of hundreds of beautiful creations, made by our talented local participants 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.

Lantern Parade mapThe 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 that would like to host a workshop, or you can attend one of our training sessions if you’d like to run your own sessions independently but need to learn the basic skills.

If you are unable to make our workshops but want to take part in the parade, then we will be introducing ‘Make Your Own’ kits this year for £10 each – we will provide you with the materials and instructions to make a basic lantern, including one lamp, – contact us for more information or to request a set

This year we have worked with schools acros Devizes and surrounding villages to make their lanterns, and look forward to seeing them on parade. We will also be welcoming KIng Brasstards back to lead the parade and provide a fantastic musical accompaniment to the parade itself.

A huge thanks to Mick and Chris Davey for running this year’s Masterclasses, and all those involved with the creation of our large lanterns. We would also like to thank St. Johns Church and Parish Hall for letting us use the Hall and Church as Lantern HQ and the Crown Centre for storing our lanterns on the run up to the Parade.

Please note our large lanterns are available to hire, or we can undertake commissions for other organisations. Please contact us directly for details.

Donate hereIf you enjoyed the parade 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

See some of the pictures from last year’s event at our gallery

This event is organised in partnership with Devizes Town Council and Fantasy Radio and supported by ISCAFF and Idverde. Thank you to MoongypZy Photography for the images on our printed leaflet

Devizes Town Council logoFantasy Radio logoISCAFF logo  idverde logo

Christmas Markets

Our Christmas markets are a great place to get special handmade gifts created by local craftspeople and makers, or keep warm with a mulled wine from our fundraising stall served by our very own DOCA Festival Makers.

  • Market Place 12.30pm – 9pm – 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.

You can find out who is trading at this year’s event at our Current Stallholders page. Are you interested in booking a Stall and trading one of the Devizes Christmas Festival markets? Find more information on our Markets Stall page

The Kennet & Avon Floating Market will also be moored at the Wharf from the 30th November – 2nd December with traders including Cake on the Cut, The Vinyl Cut, Ogg 1, and Shine on the Water