Carterton Lantern Parade & Switching on the Christmas Lights


The annual Switch-On of the Christmas Lights in Carterton will be held this year on Friday 1 December. The Switch-On will be preceded by the Lantern Parade from the Community College to the Market Square. The lantern parade will meet at Carterton Community College at 5.15pm and leave promptly about 5.25pm

This year we are excited to annouce that not only will be be having the Giant Snow Globe back but also two live reindeer and a juddling stilt walker, thanks to sponsorship from Howden Insurance and Chancellors. There will also be over 30 stalls, a small fun fair, Santa's grotto and refreshments. The events will be open this year until 8.30pm so don't rush away.

St John's Church in the centre of Town will be open serving hot drinks and doing a free children's activity, and lantern drop off point.

There will be free lantern making workshops on Saturday 18 November at the Family Centre & Saturday 25 November at Carterton Community Centre 10.00am - 2.00pm.

If you do not wish to take your lantern home you can drop it off at St John's Church and they will display them throughout the Christmas period. They will then be taken apart so that the willow can be reycled for the following year.


Who to contact

01993 842156 01993 842156

Where to go

Carterton Town Council, Town Hall, 19
Alvescot Road
OX18 3JL
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Time / Date Details

When is it on
Friday 1 December 4.00pm onwards
Time of day
Session Information
Procession will take place on Friday 1 December starting at 5.15pm
Lights switching on at 6.00pm
St John's Church open from 6.00pm with hot drinks and free children's activity
Saturday 2 December St John's Church will be open for a Christmas Craft Market
Santa's Grotto is open from 4.00pm - 5.30pm & 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Additional Information

Providing services to
4 - 11 years (primary school age)
11 - 16 years (secondary school age)
16 + years
Young people
Disabled children/young people
Older people


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