Get set for a sparkly Ellesmere Winter Festival, bursting with lantern-lit magic this year.

A major part of the event will be a lantern-lit parade from the Wharf transporting Father Christmas around the town to the old Market Hall where he will be delivered to his grotto.

Fizzgigs, Ellesmere’s community arts group, is running lantern-making workshops on Sunday November 19 and Tuesday November 21.


Young and old alike will be able to create their own lanterns to carry in the Winter Festival parade.

Chairman of Fizzgigs Mirjana Garland said that members of the group were already busy creating large lanterns and characters.

She continued: “Every year we choose a different theme.

“We are confident everyone will love this year’s.

“The lantern making workshops give the chance to for everyone to get involved in the festival and parade.”

The Winter Festival takes place on Friday, November 24.

The parade will begin at approximately 6pm.

The free lantern making workshops will be held at Ellesmere Town Hall between 1pm and 5pm on Sunday, November 19 and between 6pm and 9pm on Tuesday November 21.

All materials are provided, and children of primary school age must be accompanied by an adult.

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Mirjana added: “It’s a great opportunity for the community to come together.

“Some people come year after year.

“It’s an opportunity to have a bit of fun.

“It’s sensible to wear old clothes as you may get messy.”