The Hive’s annual fun family winter lantern parade is returning next month.

The Lantern Parade will take place at 6pm on Thursday, December 5, from Cathedral Square in Worcester where a festive concert will be happening from 5.30pm, before the parade makes its way to The Hive for more live music from the Worcester Rock Choir.

Before the parade, families can have a go at creating their own festive-lanterns at a selection of workshops at The Hive. The workshops started last weekend and will continue on Saturday November 30 and Sunday November 1 between 11am and noon and 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

Janine Downes, library manager at The Hive, said: “The parade, now in its eighth year, has continued to grow every year and is a fantastic family event that gets everyone in the mood for the festive period.

“It is great to see families coming together and children with their decorated lanterns taking in the atmosphere and enjoying the music as we walk through the city to The Hive.”

The Hive will also be hosting a range of other events in the build-up to Christmas including a traditional Christmas decorations craft session on Saturday December 7, where children aged six to 12 have the opportunity to create the Pomander, an authentic Elizabethan Christmas decoration to take home.

Topsy Turvy Theatre will perform festive show, the Lost Present, at 11.30am and 2pm on Saturday December 7.

Plus, children are invited to attend interactive Christmas themed storytelling sessions ‘Rat-a-Tat Tales’ at 11am and 2.45pm every Saturday and Sunday until December 22.

On Thursday December 12, anyone aged 16 or over can get involved in a Christmas Open Mic Night which will be run by the University of Worcester’s Creative Writing team from 7pm.

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