A parade of lanterns to switch on Haringey’s Christmas lights

This Saturday Haringey kick starts the festive period with the annual lantern parade

A lantern made on Saturday. Photo by André Ainsworth
A lantern made on Saturday. Photo by André Ainsworth
Haringey kickstarts the festive season with the annual lantern parade, culminating in the switching on of the Green Lanes Christmas lights this Saturday.

With tons of free events on 26th November, it all starts at 1pm at the Fairland Park Winter Fair and continues with the Harringay Lantern Parade to herald in the countdown to the Christmas lights.

The Tottenham Community Choir and London Metropolitan Brass Band will provide the perfect accompaniment to the mulled wine and festive food on offer.

Lantern making at the Sailsbury pub.
Lantern making at the Salisbury pub. Photo by Clare Flaxen

Little ones can take in some puppet storytelling from the Tigerboat Theatre and St Nick is expected to put in an appearance too. Yes, really.

The parade starts at various locations around Green Lanes. Different groups will join together to form a mass of light, glowing its way to outside the Salisbury pub for the turning on of the lights at 5pm.

Getting a sneak preview of all of this, families headed down to the Salisbury Hotel on Green Lanes last Saturday to make lanterns.

The back half of the pub was given over to a happy carnage of people all armed with sticks, glitter and paper decorations.

Amongst the chaos of small children, volunteers from the Friends of Fairland Park were on hand to give out free supplies and help to enthusiastic crafters.

The historic pub was a fine choice of venue to get into the festive spirit amidst a friendly community atmosphere.

Swinging the lanterns. Photo by Clare Flaxen.

And if our table was anything to go by, adults as much as children were getting serious about their handmade endeavours.

If you missed the session at the Salisbury there will be more free workshops on Saturday 26 from 2pm to 4pm at the Railway Fields and 1pm to 2.30pm at Fairland Park.

So come and join the festivities: Christmas is just around the corner.

Words by Clare Flaxen

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Fairland Park Winter Fair has a free programme of events from 1pm to 4.45pm and is situated in between Fairfax Rd and Falkland Rd, N8. Lantern Parades start from different locations:

  • 3.30pm Fairland Park, N8
  • 4pm Railway Fields Green Lanes, N4
  • 4.15pm The Gardens Community Garden, Doncaster Gardens, N4

Green Lanes Christmas lights switch on: 4pm to 5.30pm; Salisbury Hotel at the junction of Green Lanes and St Ann’s Rd, N4. Lights countdown and switch on at 5pm



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