Opening Night Celebration with Lanterns and Live Music

21st Nov 2014 18:00 - 21st Nov 2014 21:00 Event Type: Festival

Join us on Friday 21 November from 6pm to 9pm in the Cathedral Outer Close for an evening of free entertainment to celebrate the opening of this year’s Christmas Market and Ice Rink. The event promises to be a feast for the eyes, ears and taste buds with highlights including live music from the Marwell Zoo Choir and seven-piece funk, jazz and classic dance band Funk Lab, a procession of spectacular paper lanterns and an exciting pyrotechnic display. Come early to explore the seasonal food and drink and festive shopping at the Christmas Market and to take to the ice for an exhilarating skate! The Christmas Market will be open from 10am and the Ice Rink from 11am.

For more information about the the band, Funk Lab, click here.

Lantern Parade Details:
This year the lantern procession will be gathering inside the Cathedral. The parade will start at 6.30pm and go out through the Cathedral West Front doors into the Cathedral Outer Close and take a route around the Cathedral grounds. Once the procession has completed its route it will gather in front of the stage ready for the prize giving and official opening of the Christmas Market and Ice Rink. Please note: This year's lantern parade will not be processing down the High Street.

More information about timings for lantern bearers on the night can be found here.

Existing lanterns and lanterns that are made at home
If you are wishing to take part in the parade this year with a existing lantern or a lantern you are making at home, you will need to register your attendance either online here, by calling the Cathedral Box Office on 01962 857 275 or emailing your name, contact details, number of lanterns and the number of people in your party to

Details of how to make a lantern at home can be downloaded here.

Please note: Lanterns that are not made in a workshop must be made using willow and lantern tissue paper. As the parade will be starting inside the Cathedral this year, candles are not permitted.

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Read the 2014 Christmas in Winchester guide here.