Why not start your festive season early by taking part in the now-traditional willow lantern-making workshops held by the Manx Arts Development.
Our popular workshops take place on 11/12 and 18/19 November from 10am to 4pm at Henry Bloom Noble Primary School, Westmoreland Road, Douglas. All workshops are free to attend and fun for all the family. Under-12s must be accompanied by an adult.
You can arrive as late as 2.30pm. The advice is: Come prepared to get messy.
Participants can take part in a lantern parade being held on Thursday 23 November as part of the Douglas Christmas lights switch-on.
Lantern-bearers will need to meet outside The Alpine in Regent Street from 6.30pm and the parade will depart at 7pm, weaving its way through town to the Villa Marina Arcade for mince pies and carols led by the Isle of Man Wind Orchestra.
Every year families come and make spectacular lanterns, if you have the imagination we have the materials and support to help you build it. The lantern workshops are always fun and a great event for all of the family to join in with.
The parade through Douglas is a lovely way to start the festive season and it is great to be part of Douglas Borough Council's busy Christmas lights switch-on. The parade finishes at the Villa Arcade where refreshments are served and carols are sang. The music is provieded by the Isle of Man Wind Orchestra.