The theme will reflect ‘Light and Hope’; and rather than the Illuminate Parade, which has become a regular feature in response to the town’s historic links with the Pilgrims, Transported will share trails in the form of pop up entertainment throughout the day, alongside other street performers, and the Fire Garden with stunning sculptures.
Each year on Thanksgiving Day, Transported light up the streets of Boston with a spectacular parade procession, illuminated by lanterns made by local schools and residents in order to celebrate Boston’s connection to the Pilgrim story. This year, on the 400th anniversary of the very first Thanksgiving Celebration we will illuminate Boston once again with your help to create a lantern trail in the town!
Boston Borough Council and Transported would like to invite businesses and residents of Boston to share their hope, gratitude and reflection on Thursday 25th November in the creation of lanterns, in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving, and to spread hope, thanks and positivity through the town.
The lanterns will be exhibited in clusters around the town, creating a trail to be explored and discovered by families and friends.
Transported’s activities on the 25th:
- A beautiful ‘Light and Hope’ lantern trail across Boston Town Centre between 4pm and 9pm
- A spectacular Fire Garden; Boston Blossoms with amazing fire sculptures by JRH Services and his fantastic team of fire gardeners
- Mesmerising aerial dance (which can be found at the Fire Garden)
- Helter Skelter arts providing bubbles and stilt walkers – come get your picture taken!
- Ashlee with his LED fire dance
- Chris Lewis-Jones creating frottage pencil rubbing art on Boston’s textural beauty (daytime until 16:30)
- Fen Funk Samba Band (16:30-17:00 then again in the fire garden between 17:30 to 19:30)
- Serena, a beautiful fiddle player providing live music
- A drummer using dustbin lids as instruments
- Bagpipe player
You can make your own lantern! Download our template here and follow the instructions so it can be included in the trail. Or pop in your own window and share a picture of it with us using the hashtag #onesmallcandle.
In addition to the town’s local retail and hospitality offer, there will be Christmas themed stalls in the Market Place and along Wide Bargate, accompanied by a selection of food and drink stands and small children’s rides and fun stalls to entertain. Hear Christmas music in the background as the sights and smells of Christmas come alive…
Discover up to 40 elves playing the Elf on The Shelf game, along Dolphin Lane, Pump Square, Emery Lane and Petticoat Lane… name ten and receive your complimentary sweet treat at St Botolph’s Church. Follow the elves around the town as you start your Christmas shopping!
Pescod Square have their own surprise this year for shoppers…, with a selection of high street shops and cafés, and Father Christmas’s Grotto! Visit Santa between 4pm – 8pm where all monies raised will go to support Blackfriars Theatre and Art Centre.