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Ambleside Christmas Lantern Parade

November 22, 2015

Well after a sustained spell of wet weather and flooding, the temperature plummeted and the morning of Ambleside Lantern Parade dawned crisp, bright and sunny. The village was buzzing all day as people sipped mulled wine, ate mince pies, did a bit of Christmas shopping and waited for the main event later in the day.

Ice skating Ambleside

Ice skating Ambleside

The children, and some adults too, had a great time at the pop up ice rink down by the school.

Fun for all

Fun for all

Even if you didn’t have a lantern for the parade you could still light things up with a neon novelty.

Reindeers and Father Christmas led the procession, then came the lanterns in all shapes and sizes.

Here come the Lanterns

Here come the Lanterns

They wended their way through the village

Heading through the village

Heading through the village

Every shape and size imaginable.

Ambleside Lantern Parade

Ambleside Lantern Parade

Young and old held their lanterns high as they reached the Market Place.

Ambleside Lanterns

Ambleside Lanterns

Father Christmas switched on the Christmas Lights as he passed and the village became ablaze with lights.

Ambleside Celebrates Christmas

Ambleside Celebrates Christmas

My favourite lantern was a herdwick sheep one.

Herdwick Lantern

Herdwick Lantern

Ambleside Celebrates Christmas

Ambleside Celebrates Christmas

Round the village they paraded then down through the churchyard to the park.

Ambleside Church

Ambleside Church

The park filled up with happy lantern bearers, villagers and visitors for the finale of the day. Fireworks on a perfect clear evening.

Ambleside Lanterns

Ambleside Lanterns

Lantern poles were stuck in the ground while we waited.

Tractor Lantern

Tractor Lantern

The fireworks started slowly.

Fireworks in Ambleside

Fireworks in Ambleside

All of a sudden we were surrounded by a riot of noise and colour. What a finale to a perfect day.

Ambleside Fireworks Finale

Ambleside Fireworks Finale

Congratulations to all involved in such a great event. Lots of time and hard work much appreciated judging by the comments all around.

http://www.amblesidechristmaslights.co.uk if you fancy visiting next year.

One Comment
  1. Stunning sites and certainly sounds! 😊 Only wish I could be there

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