More than 100 handmade lanterns will parade through Chorlton to mark the start of the festive season as Santa flicks the switch at the community Christmas light switch on event on Beech Road, on Thursday 28th November.
School children from primary and secondary schools across the area have made their own willow and paper creations of all shapes and sizes.
The lantern parade starts at 17:45 from Beech Road Park, heads down Beech Road before ending at Chorlton Green, where the big man himself – Father Christmas – will light up the Christmas tree at 18:15.
Local choirs Glor! Little Belters and Loreto High School will greet the children on Chorlton Green and perform a number of festive crowd-pleasers and song sheets are available for those who want to join in.
The independent traders of Beech Road will be putting on special festive food and drinks to get everyone in the mood.
Participating schools include St John’s Primary School, Chorlton Park and Loreto High School.
The annual light switch on event is funded by the independent traders of Beech Road and the cost for the tree lights is co-funded by Beech Road traders and Manchester City Council as part of their neighbourhood initiative. Lantern making is facilitated free of charge by Chorlton outdoor education providers We Are Adventurers.
Jennifer Wilcox, from The Beech Road Traders Association, comments, “Teachers, choirs and traders really do make this into a magical experience for all involved. We are especially grateful to the team from We Are Adventurers who volunteer hours of their time to help the children transform willow and paper into their own creations.”