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Fun facts behind the lantern parade

November 6, 2019

Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival is an exciting event for many of our local schools who get creative with Fusion Arts and a whole bunch of artists making lanterns for the all-important opening parade! 


Here’s some fun facts that are hidden behind all the work that goes into it…






The parade will feature at least 425 hand-made lanterns.


There are nearly 600 people involved in making the lanterns.


It’s going to take around 2,750 hours to make the entire collection.


Willow sticks are used to create the frames of the lanterns and 3,500 ft will be used in these. There will be 3,100 ft of bamboo canes used to carry them and in some of the bigger lanterns. Most of this will be recycled.


3000 sheets of white and 450 sheets of coloured tissue paper are used. They are fixed to the frames using 50 litres of eco-friendly PVA glue and 80 rolls of eco-friendly masking tape.


500 push lights are used to illuminate the lanterns powered by 1500 recycled batteries plus 20 strings of fairy lights for the large lanterns.




The Lantern Parade takes place on Friday 15th November.


(photos by Fusion Arts)



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Oxford's Christmas Light Festival is brought to you by:

Oxford City Council, St. Aldates Chambers, Oxford OX1 1DS

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