Hundreds of handmade lanterns to light up Salisbury tonight

Salisbury Christmas Lantern Parade 2016 20 (Spencer Mulholland)

Published by Ellie Harries at 5:47am 6th December 2018.

There will be several roads closed as local lantern bearers take to the streets this evening (Thursday 6th December).

Salisbury City Centre will glow alight this evening as the annual Lantern Procession takes place.

In its seventh year, and organised by Salisbury BID, Wiltshire Creative and Alabaré, over 500 different lanterns are expected to take part.

Alabaré have commissioned their very own giant lanterns to join the procession.

Alabare Lantern 2
The Alabare lantern has been commissioned especially for the parade

A giant dinosaur lantern was organised to join the procession, however unfortunately is now unable to attend because of the rain forecasted.

The organisers are encouraging everyone to get their raincoats on!


Due to the lantern procession there will be a few minor disruptions on the road this evening.

It will travel through the Old George Mall, crossing at Carphone Warehouse and into the Market Place via Tiger.


Lantern Procession Route
The route for the Salisbury Lantern Procession


  • 5.45pm: Participants to gather on the west lawn of the Cathedral with their lanterns
  • 6.15pm: The procession will leave the Cathedral Close
  • Approx. 7pm: The procession will enter the Market Square, and a dance performance from Stagecoach Salisbury will conclude the evening


  • Everyone is welcome to join but all children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Lanterns must be illuminated by battery powered torches only, no naked flames near lanterns. Any lantern proposing to use naked flames will not be allowed to take part. 
  • All lanterns will be safety checked on arrival.

Any enquiries should go to the event organisers using

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