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The Daventry Lantern Parade and Spirit of Christmas returns for 2017 on Friday 8th December.
More details to be released soon.

The Daventry Spirit of Christmas events on Friday 2nd December and 3rd December were a huge success within the town and we would like to thank all of those who took part.

The festivities kicked off with donkey rides in Sheaf Street and face painting in Foundry Walk for children to enjoy. A stunning display in the gazebo at the top of Sheaf Street, designed and made by The Grange School of a 'Partridge in a Pear Tree', helped to illuminate part of the town. The secret garden in Past and Presents became a magical grotto where Santa himself saw some of the children on his 'nice list'. Whilst in Bowen Square a giant snow globe photo booth took over the town giving people the chance to step inside and have their photo taken amongst the snow.

Hundreds of homemade lanterns lit up the Daventry Town Centre skyline on Friday 2nd with stunning designs including fishes, minions, police cars, trains, Christmas trees, angels, penguins, snowmen and a huge 7ft stag, all just a few of the lanterns that featured in the parade. Many residents took part in the parade introduced by local BBC Radio Northampton presenter Martin Heath with more local people and shopkeepers stopping to watch the procession led by Liberty Drum Corps.

The Mayor of Daventry, Councillor Glenda Simmonds described the evening as "a great community event with lots of fantastic and interesting lantern designs. The residents of Daventry all supported and enjoyed the 'Spirit of Christmas' which was a huge success for the town."

The parade concluded in Bowen Square underneath the Christmas Tree with a splendid performance of well-known Christmas favorites sung by the Daventry Community Choir. The Dunchurch and District Brass Band then played out proceedings with traditional carols sung by the choir and residents of the town.

Tesco were also on hand to warm everyone up with some of their Finest* Soup, whilst Waitrose ensured people were feeling festive with tastings of their mince pies.

On Saturday 3rd the Munchkins and Monsters Theatre Company took their latest show Wind in the Willows to the Saxon Suite, at the Daventry Leisure Centre for a fully booked performance. The performance was enjoyed by many local children, families and the Mayor who described the show as "fantastic for both children and adults alike, I thoroughly enjoyed it!" The story follows the adventures of Mole, Ratty, Badger and their over excitable friend Toad as they ventured along the riverbank through the countryside.

Daventry Town Council would like to thank everyone who took part and attended the 'Spirit of Christmas' events and wish all Daventry residents a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Photo: John Barnstable

Photo : John Barnstable

Photo: Louise Drake

Photo: DTC

Photo : DTC

Photos from the Giant Snow Globe photo booth are now available on the Daventry Spirit of Christmas Facebook page.

If you have any photographs from the events that you'd be willing to share with us please email admin@daventrytowncouncil.gov.uk or visit our Facebook page Daventry Spirit of Christmas.