The Fernie Lantern Festival will be officially lighting up the town this Saturday, November 19th. With many lanterns ready and prepped to go, the Fernie Hospice Society is excited to host what looks to be another successful year of festivities.
“It’s so wonderful to see so many people, of all ages, contributing to the Festival,” said Sandra Boer with the Fernie Hospice Society. “It’s going to be a night to remember.”
The theme for this year’s Lantern Festival will be “Into the Woods”, which will encourage a magical, mythical and mysterious mood.
“We’re going to take you through a little dream full of fairies, wild flowers and friendly woodland creatures,” said Boer.
Those wishing to take part in the parade are encouraged to show up to the Arts Station at 6:30 p.m., as the parade will be leaving at 6:40 p.m. sharp. Traversing down 2nd Avenue, the parade will lead the “Into the Woods” group to the grove of trees south of the aquatic centre parking lot where the celebration will continue.
Accompanying the night of celebrations will be a variety of entertainment, hot chocolate and snacks.
“You can go through the woods and follow the story or you can just explore the woods and enjoy the sights,” said Boer.
Fireworks at 8 p.m. will finish off the magical night with a bang. Those without a lantern wishing to walk in the parade and become a part of the night are encouraged to purchase one made by Hospice volunteers, who have spent many hours decorating and preparing many unique works of art. The decorated lanterns will be available for $10 at the Arts Station from 6 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. on Saturday before the parade begins. For more information go to Fernielanternfestival.com.