Aldgate's Lantern Parade and Winter Fete returned for 2018 - Friday 7th December
Aldgate’s Lantern Parade wove through streets to the beat of the Barbican’s Drum Works leading participants and onlookers to the Aldgate Winter Fete in the new Aldgate Square, which hosted the City of London’s largest Christmas tree, boasting a striking 35,000 lights.
The parade launched from Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary school playground and culminated at the fete, as the Christmas lights are turned on.
The fete included performances from local choirs and performance groups, including the B.I.G Choir, the Old Bishops Singers and Showmi Das dance troupe; mulled wine, food, and further festivities. The fete celebrated the winter season in the build-up to the Christmas holidays and showcased the cultures, talent and businesses available in the City and surrounds.
Aldgate in Winter’s events are produced by the City of London in partnership with Aldgate Community Events, Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School, Canon Barnett Primary School, Christchurch C of E Primary School, St Botolph without Aldgate, Artizan Street Library and Community Centre, Kahaila Aldgate, The Aldgate Partnership, London Metropolitan University, Toynbee Hall, Artsadmin, Museum of London, Tower Bridge and many more local organisations, individuals and businesses.