4CG and Small World Theatre are delighted to announce Cardigan’s Giant Lantern Parade on Friday 6 December at 7pm, thanks to a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund. Past Parades have generated much excitement and created a community cohesion during the winter months. The Festival of Light is Cardigan’s celebrated annual event.

In its fourth year, this winter celebration promises to be bigger and brighter with it’s Winter Circus theme. Small World Theatre will begin the Parade at Pendre and finish in the grounds of Cardigan Castle. Spectators can join the Parade as it meanders along the High Street with many of the shops opening late. Cardigan Castle will welcome the Parade and be a site of festive music and merriment, with delicious locally sourced food and drink supplied by Kitchen 1176.

Food by Kitchen 1176
Cups of Veggie Cawl with hunks of bread and cheese.
Festive Free-range Turkey and Cranberry Hotdogs.
Tea, Coffee, Mulled Wine, Hot Chocolate.

Information for Lantern Bearers

Thank you for taking part in Lantern Making this year for Cardigan’s Giant Lantern Parade on 6 December 7pm. Here is some important information that will help you collect your lantern and find your place in the Parade.

Please arrive at Small World Theatre for 6:00pm – 6:15pm to prepare your lantern for the Parade. Small World Theatre will help you attach a stick to your lantern and once you are outside, we will light the candle. You will be asked to make your way in an order to the Parade start line at Pendre. Llandysul Youth Samba Band and a giant elephant will lead the circus-themed Parade this year.

Starts at 7pm
A slow procession along Cardigan’s High Street to Cardigan Castle.

Procession enters Cardigan Castle. The procession will follow the path around Cardigan Castle twice. There will be delicious food and hot drinks available to buy in the Castle grounds supplied by Kitchen 1176. Lanterns can be laid carefully on the green for half an hour to enjoy the food and fireworks.

8:00pm approx

You are invited to make arrangements to take your giant lanterns home after the Parade. We recommend that you enjoy our lantern outdoors, or replace the candle with a battery operated torch/ light if you display it indoors. You are welcome to bring lanterns along from previous years. Please attach a candle before arriving at Small World Theatre. Thanks.

Please use one of the public car parks near Small World Theatre – behind Mwldan, The Guildhall or next to the Swimming Pool.