Lantern parade lined up to coincide with Exmouth’s ‘Cracking Christmas Market’

PUBLISHED: 09:46 30 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:19 30 November 2017

Flashback: the lantern parade at the 2014 Exmouth Christmas Cracker. Ref exe 2878-50-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton.

Flashback: the lantern parade at the 2014 Exmouth Christmas Cracker. Ref exe 2878-50-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton.


The children’s lantern parade – a highlight of the town’s Christmas Cracker event – has been re-energised to coincide with Exmouth’s ‘Cracking Christmas Market’ on Sunday, December 3.

The parade – headed by pipers – will see more than 100 children marching along Exmouth seafront with lanterns.

Having promenaded along the front, they will then make their way to Manor Gardens and then on to The Strand where the town’s Christmas tree lights will be officially switched on by the town’s deputy mayor.

Presented by Exmouth Town Council with LED, the indoor ‘Cracking Christmas Market’ will be at Ocean on Queens Drive on Sunday December 3, 10.30am-4pm.

The event – which replaces the cancelled Christmas Cracker – comprises indoor and outdoor festivities, with more than 50 stalls, plus food, Santa Claus and live music, including local community choirs performing carols and seasonal songs.

The day’s festivities will culminate with the lantern parade.

More than 100 children from Brixington Primary Academy will form the parade. As in previous years, the Stiltskin Creative Arts and Theatre Company has been commissioned by the town council to work with children from the Academy to make the lanterns for the parade.

The parade will begin to gather at Gunfield Gardens – just behind Ocean – during the late afternoon.

At 3.45pm it will leave the gardens, headed by pipers from the Exmouth and District Pipe Band, together with deputy mayor, Councillor Jeff Trail BEM.

The children will parade along Queens Drive and Bath Road, through Manor Gardens and into The Strand – when the Christmas tree lights will be formally switched on by the deputy mayor.

Details of the lantern parade were confirmed by Lisa Bowman, Exmouth’s town clerk, earlier this week.

“The children are looking forward to showing off their wonderful creations on Sunday,” she said. “Everyone is welcome to come and watch the parade, and we wish to encourage as many people as possible to come along and show their support.”

The Cracking Christmas Market and Lantern Parade is one of the town’s key events in the build-up to Christmas. There’s also a craft fair at the Exmouth Pavilion on the same day.

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