What marks the beginning of the Christmas period for you? Is it as soon as Halloween and Bonfire Night is over? Or perhaps on the first day of Advent? Everyone is different and to me there really isn’t a right or wrong, it’s about a feeling deep inside my tummy. You can’t fake a feeling, it just happens and for me that feeling always ignites when the town of Stony Stratford (near where I grew up) turn on their Christmas lights. It always falls on the last weekend of November and is always accompanied with the infamous Stony Stratford Lantern Parade.
Bundled up in scarves, hats and gloves. My hubs and I have made a point of attending the local Christmas lights together for the past seven years and are so excited now as parents to share the experience with our half pint.
The weather can be changeable. We’ve had years of icy temperatures, heavy rain or as this year was, pleasantly dry and settled. What doesn’t change is how popular the event is. Stony Stratford is always brimming with thousands of local residents and visitors who adore the annual Fun Day with all the attractions, local shops, stalls and refreshments that are on offer.
The lantern parade is always an exciting thing to watch. Starting at York House, hundreds of handmade lanterns make their journey from London Road, down the High street and into Market Square. Months of hard work from participants and the masses of volunteers who all work selflessly each year to make sure the parade dazzles.
Once the lantern parade finishes in Market Square then the countdown can begin and the big Christmas light switch on happen. Check the video below for the moment Stony switched on!
Now all I can think about is putting up a Christmas tree, eating a mince pie and finishing my Christmas shopping. What a lovely way to start such a special time of year!
If you wanted to see info on other Christmas light switch on events in our area of Milton Keynes check my other post here.