Arts Council Willow Lanterns 2018

Willow Lantern Parade
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Following two successful weekends of creative willow lantern making, the Lantern Parade will take place this Thursday 22nd November to coincide with the Douglas Lights Switch On.

Families, new and veteran, came to Henry Bloom Noble over the first two weekends of the month to realise their creative visions in willow form. We saw a huge range of designs from penguins to snowmen, spiders and stars.

We were hugely impressed by the creativity and engineering of these designs by the teams of families that come in for our willow lantern workshops.

Grainney Sheard, Arts Engagement Officer

See the whole album on our Facebook Page.

However, the real magic will come once the lanterns are lit. Whether you’ve made a lantern or not, we warmly invite you to join us in Douglas for the parade. The procession of lanterns will light our way through the Strand Street all the way over to the Villa Arcade.

Meeting point: Outside The Alpine at 6.45pm for a 7pm start.

The lantern parade is always a great event to set you up for Christmas. It is lovely being part of the first busy night of Christmas shopping and finishing it off with mince pies and carols is always a treat. A great thing to do with the kids!

Emma Callin, Head of the Villa Marina, Gaiety Theatre and the Arts

We are delighted to announce that we will have a special addition with us during the parade. 

The Willow Lantern Parade is the start of Christmas.  This year the Government Staff Choir are joining the parade to celebrate Christmas with traditional carols and to bring extra Christmas spirit to the first late night shopping evening.  We are all looking forward to it!

Jane Corkill, Arts Development Manager

The parade will take us through the main shopping street, ending at the Villa Arcade for refreshments and seasonal musical entertainment from the excellent Isle of Man Wind Orchestra.

We hope to see you there and can’t wait to see your lanterns!


The Arts Council Willow Lantern Workshops are an annual event occurring over two weekends in November ahead of the Douglas Light Switch On. If you would like help hosting your own community willow lantern workshop then see our funding pages or get in touch iomartscouncil@gov.im.  

If you'd like to make a lantern you can join in on the Port St. Mary Willow Lantern Workshops this weekend on the 24th and 25th. 

See the event here.


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The Department of Education, Sport and Culture
Rheynn Ynsee, Spoyrt as Cultoor
Isle of Man Government
Reiltys Ellan Vannin
Isle of man Government
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