Media release - issued 18 Dec 2017

Aldershot celebrates Christmas with its first ever magical lantern procession

Schoolchildren and community groups came together for Aldershot's first ever magical lantern procession through the town centre on Saturday.

The event was organised by Rushmoor Borough Council and a group of residents from the Aldershot Community Together group.

At dusk, the procession made its way through the town centre along Wellington Street and Union Street and up to Westgate, led by New Orleans style jazz band, Acoustic Jass, the Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Sophia Choudhary and Father Christmas (from The Wellington shopping centre).

Schoolchildren from Alderwood Secondary School, Marlborough Infant School and Wellington Community Primary School created colourful willow lanterns for the parade, which included gingerbread houses, Christmas trees and snowmen.  The Aldershot Community Together group also created a giant Father Christmas stuck in a chimney pot and the West End Centre made various lanterns including a colourful Christmas tree at community workshops.  The children from Wellington Community Primary School created a giant aquatic dinosaur, which linked with their topic this term.  All the workshops were run by Jaxsarts & Designs.

After the procession, everyone went to Princes Gardens for more festive music and Christmas messages from Reverend Sandra Platford from Aldershot Baptist Church, and the Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, Councillor David Clifford. Local charity Karuna Action provided coffee and refreshments for everyone and mince pies were kindly donated by Tesco in Aldershot.

There was also lots happening in the town centre during day in the build up to the procession with live music on a stage in Union Street, children's rides, craft activities provided by the West End Centre and the Rotary Christmas float.

Shoppers enjoyed performances by young bands including 4 Year Gap, Forth Sentry, China Bears, Mikey Riley and Thom Ashworth.

Councillor David Clifford, Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council said: "It was a special evening full of festive fun and community spirit which shone through.  Huge thanks to all the schools that got involved and to all the parents for bringing them out of such a cold evening to celebrate Christmas and support the town."

There is one more event to enjoy on Saturday 23 December - the Aldershot Day of Merry Music, which promises concert bands entertaining shoppers with festive music from 12.15pm to 4.45pm and family activities including, Little Magic Ponies, Champion Sand Art, children's rides and The Little Dallas Donkeys.

This will build up to Carols in the Bandstand at 5.30pm in Princes Gardens.  The free outdoor Christmas service is hosted by Aldershot Churches Together and the whole community is invited to sing Christmas carols and hear readings.  There will be free refreshments kindly provided by Karuna Coffee.

More information on all the events is available on  or by liking Aldershot town centre on Facebook.

To get involved with the Aldershot Community Together group get in touch using the contact details on this page or join the Aldershot Community Together Facebook group.

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