Salisbury Business Improvement District

Salisbury Lantern Procession returns for 2018

6th December 2018

Returning for the seventh year, the Salisbury Lantern Procession is taking place tonight (6th December 2018).

Salisbury BID, Wiltshire Creative and Alabaré have teamed up to bring the festive event to the city once again this year.

The procession is always a magical and festive evening, but the organisers are optimistic that this year’s event will be extra special.

Everyone is being welcomed and encouraged to join the procession.

Last year’s procession saw over 700 lanterns light up the city, and it’s hoped this year even more people will get involved and support the city.

Starting in the Cathedral Close at 6.15pm, the procession travels through the streets of Salisbury before arriving in the Market square where there will be a dance performance for everyone to enjoy.

A giant dinosaur lantern was organised to join the procession, however, unfortunately is now unable to attend because of the rain forecasted.

Alabaré have commissioned their very own giant lanterns to join the procession and 32 glowing umbrellas will also take part.

The organisers are encouraging everyone to get their raincoats on and enjoy the procession!


5.45pm: Participants to gather on the west lawn of the Cathedral with their lanterns
6.15pm: The procession will leave the Cathedral Close
Approx. 7pm: The procession will enter the Market Square, and a dance performance from Stagecoach Salisbury will conclude the evening


Rolling road closures are in place and there will be a few minor disruptions.
The procession starts at the Cathedral, travels down the High Street, into the Old George Mall, crossing at Carphone Warehouse and into the Market Place via Tiger.


Everyone is welcome to join but all children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Lanterns must be illuminated by battery powered torches only, no naked flames near lanterns. Any lantern proposing to use naked flames will not be allowed to take part.

All lanterns will be safety checked on arrival.