Sunday, December 06, 2015

Fantasy Forest Lantern Procession


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!

9 comments:

  1. Wow! These lanterns are amazing. I think the deer and unicorn are my favourite just for the realistic (can I say that about a unicorn) qualities of them. The procession must have been really magical and what a fabulous event. I must watch out for similar events near me.
    Kate xx

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    1. They were some of my favorites too, I love how the unicorn looks like it is in mid-movement. It was a very special event, I hope it is on again next year!

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  2. I deeply wish that we had something like this in Vienna too. There are hardly ever any parades (because there is exactly ONE street where they can have them and if there is one ALL of the traffic is blocked, because it´s basically the main street of Vienna....). Thanks so much for posting! It´s so inspiring, I wanna make a paper lantern animal myself.

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    1. Lots of streets had to be closed for this too, and there was a lot of traffic waiting to get through by the time the procession finished! It was quite nice seeing the city without all the cars for a little while.

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  4. This must have been a spectacular event!

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  5. These lanterns are amazing, I especially love the unicorn one.

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    1. Lots of people seem to like that one best! It was so well made.

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