Baytowne set to light up the night with annual Lantern Parade

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The annual Lantern Parade at the Village of Baytowne Wharf has become a "signature event," organizers tell The Sun. The event takes place Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. Watch as twinkling lanterns stroll by, and look for a special appearance by Kris Kringle.

Special to The Sun
Published: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 21:32 PM.

It's once again time to light up the night, as the Village of Baytowne Wharf is set for the 4th Annual Holiday Lantern Parade.

"The Baytowne Lantern parade began because we really wanted to create a unique family holiday event that our Sandestin community, locals and guests could all be a part of," said Baytowne Events Manager Lanier Motes.

This community event, which is a true celebration of the holiday season, features one-of-a-kind commissioned paper lanterns in the shapes of iconic holiday symbols.

Whether it's a festive globe lantern or an elegant angel, individuals and groups are encouraged to make their own paper lanterns and join in on the fun.

"Every year, I am awestruck by the creativity put forth for this event," Motes told The Sun. "The Baytowne Floating Society and other homeowners create elaborately decorated golf carts covered in lights in the shapes of gingerbread houses, igloos, you name it, and interspersed throughout are these beautiful lanterns."

This free event takes place Dec. 14 and begins at 6 p.m. in the Village. Workshops will be featured at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., where expert lantern makers will be on hand to help create new memories. Children under 13 will need to be accompanied by an adult. There is limited availability for the workshops and registration is required.

At 5 p.m., the sounds of Christmas tubas will play as the parade-goers get ready to stroll around The Village. More than 50 community members, in partnership with Playground Music Center , performed holiday favorites last year.



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