The Aldgate Lantern Parade and Winter Fete return for a second year, bringing some much needed colour and light to the City streets as well as obligatory mulled wine and mince pies.

All the main Christmas lights have already been turned on around the City, but Aldgate is doing things a little differently this festive season.

On Friday 7 December, over 500 handmade lanterns will light up the night sky and City streets as the local community comes together for one big night of festive fun.

Randall Anderson, Chairman of the City Corporation’s Community and Children Services Committee notes that “The Aldgate Lantern Parade and Winter Fete celebrates the winter season and the build-up to the Christmas holidays.

“It showcases the cultures, talent and businesses in the City and surrounding areas.”

The lanterns have been constructed by local children and adults over the past few weeks in preparation for the Aldgate Lantern Parade.

The free event, hosted by the City of London Corporation, will start at 4:45pm from Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School playground, moving through the streets to the beat of the Barbican’s Drum Works.

All of the bright festivities will end up at the newly refurbished Aldgate Square where a large Winter Fete will keep people entertained throughout the evening. Expect live performances, mulled wine and all kinds of festive activities within the square.

The Christmas tree lights will then be switched on at 5.45pm for an extra bit of fanfare.

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