On Friday 1st December 2017, a trio of winter events, produced and participated in by community members from across Aldgate, took place as part of Aldgate Community Events’ and the Aldgate Play Project’s winder programme.
Aldgate’s very first Lantern Parade launched from Sir John Foundation’s Primary School playground. School children, families and individuals wove through the city streets, celebrating the lanterns they had produced through weeks of workshops, in a vibrant community display.
The parade ended at the Winter Fete at St Botolph’s without Aldgate, with mulled wine, minced pies, hot chocolate, games and music from local individuals, groups and organisations.
In parallel with this, Window Wanderland Aldgate was on display around the area. Adopting a model established in Bristol, residents, organisations and businesses produced festive window displays which they lit up between 5 – 8pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, producing a magical walking trail for onlookers to explore with an online and printed map. Artizan Street Library, Kahaila Café and residents in both Middlesex Street and Mansell Street estates took part, amongst many others.
In the run up to the Winter events a number of free open workshops were run across the City to engage residents in the run up to the main event day. Many people turned up to workshops to create the stunning lanterns which were paraded through the streets of Aldgate.