Gloucester’s festive Lantern Procession to become curiouser and curiouser

Gloucester's annual Lantern Procession and Christmas light switch on returns this year with the theme of Alice in Wonderland.

Taking place on Saturday, November 19, it sees local schools take to the streets for a light filled procession to show off their creations based on the much loved literary classic.

Inspired by the book’s illustrations by Sir John Tenniel, they have worked with local artists to recreate some of the most iconic characters including the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and tea party, the Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit.

The procession organised by Gloucester City Council as part of the Bright Nights programme, will also feature local samba band Ola Samba bringing their spectacular drumming and the Gloucester Gladiators Scout Band.  

The six schools taking part are:

  • Cooper’s Edge School who have been working with artist Stephanie Reeves
  • St James' C of E Junior School, with artist Dee Moxon
  • Upton St Leonards C of E Primary, with artist Alison Cockcroft
  • Grange Primary Academy, with artist Amy Peck
  • Hillview Primary School, with artist Harriet West
  • Clearwater C of E Primary, with artist Maya Wolf

The procession will start at the corner of Kimbrose Way Triangle and Southgate Street at 4:45pm. It will pass through Gloucester city centre before heading to Gloucester Cathedral as the Christmas lights are switched on overhead.

After the procession there will be a carol service at the cathedral – all are welcome to join this festive finale.

Councillor Andy Lewis, cabinet member for culture and leisure at Gloucester City Council, said: “This is a fantastic event which is very popular and every year marks the start of the festive season. As part of the Bright Nights programme, it brings colour and light to our city and I hope as many people as possible will come down and see the wonderful creations.”

Procession route: Blackfriars, Ladybellegate street, the quay/commercial road around to Kimbrose Triangle, Southgate Street, Westgate Street, finishing at Gloucester Cathedral.