Lantern Parade

Join us to light up Downtown Madison thanks to Inline Lighting!

Sign up for a Lantern Making Class!

The Madison Arts Council is offering FREE classes for you to make your lantern! We have several opportunities for your to sign up and if you have any questions, Tina Clark our chairperson will be able to answer them at

Lantern workshops will be November 19th at the Kris Kringle Market from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.
We will also off one on Sunday, November 20th from 2pm to 4pm at Dublin Park.
The 2016 Lantern Parade is Dec 2nd at 5:30 downtown Madison.

Lantern Parade

Join us for an upcoming free Lantern Workshop sponsored by Inline Lighting and then make plans to walk in the 3rd annual "Lantern Parade."

This fun and festive event is for residents 12 years of age and younger. On Friday, December 2nd at 5:30 pm participants will meet at Ole' Black Bear then parade down Main Street with their lanterns, to the Christmas Trees on the west end of Main Street. As they reach the trees, they will officially light-up!

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Countdown to Lantern Parade








After you create your lantern, join us on in Downtown Madison at 5:30 p.m  on December 2nd.  We’ll be lighting up the Christmas trees on Main Street!  This is first event to kick off the “Christmas Magic in Downtown Madison!”

The kids will line up at Old Black Bear on Main Street just before 5:30 p.m. From there, the parade participants will head down to Main Street just past 16 Main in front of the shops.


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Materials Needed to Make a Lantern

  • 1 – 12 oz. Neon Colored Plastic Cup
  • 1 – 12 inch Doilies
  • 1 – Glue Stick
  • 1 –  1/2 Inch Piece of  Shimmery Stiff Ribbon (For the Handle)
  • 1 – Decorative sticker/Ribbon that is shimmery (To decorate the outside of the lantern)
  • 1 – Scotch Tape
  • 1 – Hole Punch
  • 1 – Battery powered LED Tea Light

How to make a Lantern

Step 1:  Use your glue stick to put glue all along the bottom of your cup.

Step 2: Firmly place your cup with the bottom covered in glue in the center of the doilie.

Step 3: Place two piece of scotch tape directly across from each other along the rim of the cup. (This will prevent the cup from cracking when you punch a hole through it.)

Step 4: Create a plus sign with the glue stick on the doilie.  Make sure you apply the glue generously .

Step 5: Fold up the paper on all four sides. Press the doile firmly against the cup.

Step 6: Use your glue stick to place a line of glue along the edge of the folded up doilie. Fold the doil to wrap around the cup.  Continue to do this for all four sides.

Step 7: Use a decorative ribbon to wrap around the middle of the cup.

Step 8: Use a hole punch on the two places on the cup with the two pieces of tape.  Use the stiff shimmery ribbon to create a handle with the two holes.




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