Join Altrincham’s Lantern Parade for a touch of Christmas Magic

26 Nov 2018

This Saturday Altrincham Unlimited will host Altrincham’s town-wide Lantern Parade, one of the most magical events of the festive season.  The parade starts from Goose Green at 4pm and will finish with a Christmas singalong in Stamford Square at 4.45pm.

Local primary schools including Stamford Park Junior School, Navigation Primary School and Altrincham CofE Primary School have been busy preparing lanterns and will take part in the parade. Throughout the day families, who would also like to take part in the parade, are invited to drop-in to one of the FREE lantern making workshops at Total Fitness on Denmark Street (10am-12noon or 1-3pm).

Those taking part in the parade will start to gather from 3.15pm in Goose Green where a brass ensemble from Aura Music Academy will get everyone in the festive mood with carols.  The parade will leave Goose Green at 4pm and will include the children from local primary schools, dancers from Cardwell Dance School and skaters from Altrincham Synchro Club, who will be joined by spectacular illuminated puppets and street performers led by artist Russell Kirk and a Samba band.

The parade route will take in Moss Lane, Stamford New Road, Regent Road and George Street and will culminate in Stamford Square.  It’s guaranteed to add a touch of Christmas magic to Altrincham with Moss Lane and Stamford New Road recommended as the best viewing points for spectators. Rolling road closures will be in place, and motorists are advised to avoid the route of the parade between 4-5pm if possible.

Also on Saturday, Santa’s pop-up Grotto will be in the Ivy League, Kings Court, between 11am-4pm. There is no charge to visit Santa, but donations are welcome to Altrincham Rotary charity.

The afternoon build-up will see local dance schools and singers take to the Stamford Square community stage from midday, where the parade will also finish at 4.45pm with a festive singalong finale led by The Music Place.

Elizabeth Faulkner, The BID Manager for Altrincham Unlimited said: “Altrincham’s Lantern Parade really is a magical Christmas experience.  It brings many families into the town, involves local primary schools and dance schools and inspires a real sense of community.  The parade makes its way throughout the town from Goose Green to Stamford Square so make sure you get a good vantage point and arrive early to enjoy the shops, restaurants and bars, plus of course the afternoon entertainment in Stamford Square”.