Lantern Procession (c) Bright Nights and Andre Pattenden



A festive day out with free activities for all the family. Take part in the glowing lantern parade celebrating the 12 days of Christmas, watch the Tree of Light Ceremony with a little love in Kings Square, or join the singing and hear Gloucester Cathedral Carol Service a ringing.

Lantern Procession & Christmas Lights Switch on - 4.40pm

We see the return of the Lantern Procession and Christmas Lights Illumination on 18 November, starting at 4:40pm in Southgate Street. Children across 6 primary Schools this year have drawn upon the theme of the 12 days of Christmas, an array of illuminated lanterns, pipers piping, and flying gold rings, will form a parade. Pupils from 6 Gloucester schools taking part this year are: Meadowside Primary School, The Altus School, Coney Hill Community Primary School, Field Court C of E Infant Academy, Dinglewell Junior School, and Kingsway Primary School. 

For the first time the parade route will include Kings Square. Happenings along the parade route include the Christmas light switch on at 4.50pm at the Cross, illuminating the gate streets. The Tree of Light Ceremony at 5pm in Kings Square and ending at Gloucester Cathedral for the Carol Concert at 5.30pm - 6:15pm.


  • 4.45pm - Procession starts on Southgate Street
  • 4.47pm - Front of Procession arrives at the cross
  • 4.50pm - Light Switch On at the Cross
  • 5.00pm - 5.15pm - Kings Square: Tree of Light Ceremony & Switch On
  • 5.16pm - Procession leaves Kings Square towards Cathedral
  • 5.26pm - Procession arrives at Gloucester Cathedral
  • 5.45pm - Gloucester Cathedral Carol Service


Make your own lantern – Eastgate shopping Centre – 1-4pm If you want to join the parade you are welcome to drop into this lantern making workshop to make your own 12 days of Christmas themed lantern. Sponsored by Gloucester BID, the lantern workshops will be in Eastgate shopping centre between 1-4pm.


Bright Nights Christmas is kindly supported by the following partners: Gloucester City Council and Gloucester BID.  

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