A few weeks ago I went to the Holburne lantern procession, which this year was fantasy forest themed. It was like a dream come true!
The procession was perfectly timed with the turning on of the Christmas lights, the lights flickered into life just as the procession passed underneath. It was a special moment.
The procession eventually led into Parade Gardens for a final celebration, and seeing all the lanterns grouped together was spectacular. There was also a performance from RSVP Bhangra, who were amazing.
Having the lanterns displayed in the gardens was great, because I could get up close to them and have a better look at the details. Each one had been handmade by artists and local schools and organisations, and they were stunning. I especially liked this one, with mushrooms and snowdrops.
This man was wonderful, he totally pulled off the Gandalf-with-a-glowing-tree-on-his-head look! There was a lovely atmosphere to the evening, everyone seemed so happy and excited.
The unicorn lantern and deer lantern(!!!) were also favourites of mine. The way the unicorn looked like it was caught mid-movement was very clever.
I really did feel a sense of awe from the procession and the individual lanterns, and judging from other people's faces I wasn't the only one. They were so magical!
I loved the fairytale castle lantern too, and the window and door details were a nice touch. I think events like this, with lights in the darkness, are so important in the winter. They give a sense of joy and hope, and turn the early darkness into an advantage rather than a setback.
The huge, colourful badger watched over the proceedings from next to the bandstand. The entire event was so perfect for me, the theme was exactly my cup of tea and I was so happy looking at all the beautiful lanterns and listening to good music.
As I left I said goodbye to the majestic leafy owl. I'm so glad I went to this event, it was fantastic, joyful and very inspiring!