A CHRISTMAS lantern parade took place with families taking colourful paper lanterns through the city.

The parade made its way from Cathedral Square to The Hive and children were invited to help light the way. The crowd met at Cathedral Square first to listen to a jazz band and sing carols. When they reached the Hive, the Rock Choir performed.

The parade was organised by the Hive and children brought along lanterns made in the Hive's lantern making workshops.

Melany Eastwood said: "It's amazing, we come every year. It's lovely they do so well. It brings the community together and the children love singing the carols and making the lanterns and it gets people to the Hive reading books."