THE public is invited to join the Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea Christmas light switch-on events in this year’s lantern parades.
Last Christmas, due to Covid-19 restrictions, Christmas light switch on events up and down the country were cancelled and Christmas lights were switched on without ceremony or a community event.
In 2020 Seed teamed up with Create You in Highbridge to create GlowHome, a free at-home lantern making project.
These lanterns were then switched on in homes at the same time as the lights, lighting up streets in Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea for neighbours and friends, and enjoyed by over 2000 people who watched the switch-on live over the internet.
Following on from the success of GlowHome in 2020, Seed announces Glow Lanterns, this year’s creative activity to run alongside the Christmas lights switch-ons. Lantern making activity packs are available now to collect free of charge from Create You in Highbridge and several shops in Burnham-on-Sea.
Members of the community are invited to make an eco-friendly paper bag lantern using these kits which can be carried in the parades taking place at the lights switch on events. Each lantern pack comes with everything needed to make the lantern and an LED tealight.
Scott O’Hara, Director of Seed, said: “We realise not everyone is comfortable creating something from scratch, and so we have asked Create You to provide free drop-in workshops to make floating lanterns leading up to the events.”
The walk-in lantern sessions are taking place in the shop on Market Street Highbridge, this Sunday (November 14) from 1.30-3.30pm, Thursday, November 18 from 10am to mid-day and Sunday, November 21 from 1.30-3.30 pm. There is no need to book, just turn up on the day.
The lantern parades are taking place on Saturday, November 20 in Burnham-on-Sea, meeting at the Queen Vic Hotel at 5.45pm, and Saturday, November 27 in Highbridge, meeting at 4pm at Highbridge Community Hall. Participants just need to take along a lantern to take part in the parade.