Skip to main content

Lantern Making Workshops - Blue Collar Corner

Join the Reading Lantern Parade – Dance Of The Fireflies

Please note that this is taking place on the first floor of Blue Collar Corner; every young person will need an adult with them.

This is a family activity, minimum participants 2 per lantern and an adult is required. Please book one ticket per family, you will be making one lantern. You will be taking the lanterns home with you so please bring your own large bin bag or suitable carrier as they will still be wet.

Reading Lantern Parade – Dance Of The Fireflies

On the 10th December, a magical winter lantern procession for everybody in the community will take place in Reading town centre.

A heart-warming celebration of the festive season filled with lights, music and community spirit. Walk together in lantern light and follow the glowing fireflies as they dance their way along Broad Street to Forbury Gardens.

Lantern Making Workshops

In the run up to the event lantern making workshops will be held across Reading so that everybody has the opportunity to come along and make their own beautiful willow and paper lantern for the procession. Each lantern workshop last two hours and will be supported by professional artists who will show you how to make your lantern and where to come on the day of the procession.

Reading buses will also be providing discounted travel from locations outside of the town centre for anybody coming in to take part in the procession with a lantern (travel vouchers will be given to those attending the workshops)


The procession will move at a slow walking pace and accessible viewing areas will be available in Forbury Gardens.

The first floor at Blue Collar Food is not accessible for wheelchair users with accessible facilities. We are running a full programme of workshops in other accessible spaces - for more information or if you have any questions please email us at

Reading Lantern Parade is brought to you by Reading Improvement Districts representing business in the town centre through REDABeautiful Creatures TheatreJelly and AV Events. The event is supported by Reading Borough Council, Reading Buses, 101 Outdoor Arts, The Broad Street Mall, Black & White Music Ltd and Blue Collar Food.