The countdown to Christmas in Royal Leamington Spa is about to get underway as families once again prepare to light up Leamington as part of the 5th annual Lantern Parade taking place on Sunday 4th December.

Throughout November around 400 families have attended workshops hosted in the Pump Rooms and the Band Factory and have created all kinds of wonderful lanterns ranging from angels and Christmas trees to snowmen and animals.

A new addition to the parade this year will be the arrival of a spectacular lantern train. This has been built by local families with the support of Jaguar Land Rover and will be leading the Parade.

On Sunday 4th December, the lantern parade will meet at the bandstand in the Royal Pump Room Gardens from 4pm with entertainment from David Harrop, before setting off at around 4.30pm. It will finish with Christmas carols around the Tree of Lights at Leamington Town Hall accompanied by the Baptist Church Choir and Spa Brass Band.

Stephanie Kerr, executive director of BID Leamington, said: “We are expecting this year to be as spectacular as ever and once again we will also be collecting donations of new toys to be distributed to local children on Christmas Eve.

“The whole idea of the Lantern Parade is to bring the community together to share in the spirit of Christmas and enjoy a magical evening lighting up the town centre.”

April Wickens, community relations officer at Jaguar Land Rover said: “The Leamington Lantern Parade is a wonderful opportunity to bring the community together during the Christmas festivities in a fun and creative way and we are proud to support local communities in the areas we have operations.”

Other businesses also supporting the event on the night include Gusto Restaurant who will be providing mulled wine in Regents Court. There will also be real reindeer outside the town hall and other surprises to delight families.

For more information on the Lantern parade and volunteering, telephone BID Leamington on 01926 470 634 or visit: Leamington Lantern Parade