Black­burn Fes­ti­val Of Light

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is a fun and lively way of mark­ing the win­ter sol­stice; it’s also in­tended to pro­voke thought and con­ver­sa­tion about where the city’s been, and where it’s go­ing in the year ahead. The parade goes to the seafront and the grand fi­nale is on the beach, with a huge bon­fire, mu­sic and py­rotech­nics. It’s funded by spon­sor­ship and crowd fund­ing, with per­son­alised lanterns for the big­gest sup­port­ers. www.samesky.co.uk/events/ burn­ing-the-clocks Black­burn Fes­ti­val of Light is a lively event, of­fer­ing a vi­brant mix of street theatre, fire per­for­mances, il­lu­mi­nated bands and light in­stal­la­tions. It takes place on De­cem­ber 15 this year, with a range of shows and ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the day, and with fes­tive fun con­tin­u­ing into the evening. There’s a carol con­cert in the cathe­dral at 3pm, and a dra­matic parade of lights, lanterns, and cos­tumed splen­dour at 5pm, fol­lowed by fire­works just be­fore 7pm. See the Dick­ens clas­sic, A Christ­mas Carol per­formed in the Cathe­dral af­ter the fire­works. The Black­burn Cathe­dral Com­mu­nity Theatre group have been pol­ish­ing their per­for­mances for months! A Ger­man Christ­mas mar­ket on Cathe­dral Square will be open all day, so you can get re­fresh­ments and do some sea­sonal shop­ping. The event of­fers a fes­tive feast of sea­sonal de­lights and good cheer for all ages. www.black­burn­fes­ti­val­oflight.co.uk

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