Lantern Project

****** LANTERN PROJECT UPDATE 09/10/20 *******

Lantern Kits will be available to buy (on-line only) from the link below from 8.00am on Monday 12 October at a cost of £4.00 + 10% booking fee = £4.40 per kit.  Each ticket entitles you to 1 Lantern Kit which will need to be collected from York House Centre on the dates below. You may need to buy more than 1 kit, depending on your aspirations.

Link for On-Line Ticket Sales

This year we are teaming up with the Stony Stratford Community Advent Calendar to give your family an ‘at home’ community arts project to enjoy, and together we’ll light up homes all over Stony, Galley Hill, Fullers Slade (and beyond) to bring some Christmas cheer after this difficult year.

The theme is ‘Christmas at Home’, so use your lantern kit/s to create a lantern, a window display – or both! Kits will include ideas, full instructions, materials and glue – you’ll need to provide cutters and battery operated lights (if making a lantern). We will be selling rolls of good quality masking tape at the collection sessions at £1.00 per roll. Your kit will also include a rainbow motif for you to incorporate into your lantern/window display as a thank you to all our dedicated NHS and keyworkers.

We’d like ALL lanterns/window displays to be lit by 7pm on Tuesday 01 December, we’ll be making a video that evening to showcase all your creations together. Please leave your display lit for the whole of December to give everyone a chance to walk round and see them.

Kit collection (for pre-ordered kits only) will be from York House Centre on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November, 2pm til 5pm. We would appreciate if only one person per family could come along to collect (although we know that’s not always possible). You will need to wear a face covering and there will be a socially distanced queuing system – please bring appropriate outdoor clothing/umbrella if the weather is not good.

IMPORTANT – when you’ve paid for your lantern kit/s, please forward your WeGotTickets booking confirmation e-mail to with your e-mail address, home address and a contact telephone number.

Please don’t try and contact the York House Office directly as all project administration is being done by the Lantern Volunteers this year.

Join our Facebook Group (Stony Stratford Lantern Project) to find out which advent number has been allocated to your street or court, and you can incorporate that into your lantern/display as well.

Don’t worry if you live outside of Stony Stratford, you can still join in – you’ll need to send us a PM via the Facebook group to let us know your street/village.

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.

Stony Stratford Lantern Project 2019 – Review

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.

Photographs by Bob McDonald.

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.

Join our Facebook Group – Stony Stratford Lantern Project