The Stony Stratford Lantern Project is an exciting annual community arts project which sees hundreds of people of all ages coming together at York House Centre to make lanterns ready for the Lantern Procession which takes place as part of the Stony Stratford Switch-On Fun Day, when the town’s stunning Christmas lights are turned on.
Anyone can make a lantern (although young children will need help). Our lanterns are made from willow withies and masking tape which is then covered with colourful tissue paper and PVA glue and lit from within by a candle or fairy lights.
Every year we choose a theme for the project e.g. Cartoon Christmas, Christmas Under the Sea, Santa’s Workshop. You can join in with the theme or just do your own thing – designs are limited only by your imaginations!
Public Lantern Making Sessions are open to all and are held over 2 weekends at York House Centre. We also run frame-making sessions at local schools which are for pupils and their parents/carers only.
Plenty of Lantern Volunteers will be on-hand at the sessions to help you make your lantern and to check they are all safe ready for the Lantern Procession.
On Switch-On Day we all meet at York House to collect our lanterns. As darkness falls, the lanterns are lit, and the procession makes its way through the crowd-lined streets of Stony Stratford to the Market Square in time for the switching-on of the Christmas lights…magical!
We strongly advise that you pre-book your lantern/s as the project sells out every year – see this year’s project page for session dates and ticket details.
All lanterns are checked thoroughly by our Volunteers to ensure they are safe to join in with the Procession which is well supervised by experienced Stewards.
A BIG thank you to all the Lantern Volunteers; to the Trustees & Staff at York House Centre and to our funders – Stony Stratford Town Council, Stony Stratford Business Association, Milton Keynes Community Foundation and the York House Local Giving Fund.