Small World Theatre has announced that Cardigan Giant Lantern Parade will be held on December 6 this year following the hugely successful revival of the town’s event in 2023.

The parade will be a major event within a new Festival of Light organised by the Cardigan-based theatre company.

Ann Shrosbree, Director of Small World Theatre said:

"In 2016 we launched the first parade with Visit Wales funding and the support of Cardigan Town Centre Partnership. We hope to build on everyone’s hard work to further enhance Cardigan's festivities with a town-wide Festival of Light to support the local economy.”

Although December seems a long way off, plans will start in the spring. These include organising public transport to Cardigan from surrounding areas and working with local organisations to promote their Christmas events.

This project has the support of Cynnal y Cardi through Ceredigion County Council to deliver the event under the UK Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund through the Levelling Up initiative. It will include engaging with local businesses and stakeholders to highlight the many local attractions, unique independent shops, cafes, restaurants, venues and bars that justifiably make Cardigan an exciting winter destination.

Councillor Clive Davies, Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Economy and Regeneration, said: “It was back in 2016 when I had the honour of being Mayor of Cardigan and we had the very first Cardigan Festival of light with its Giant Lantern Parade. Over the years this developed into a large-scale event with support from a number of funders, local organisations and volunteers.

“Through the funding we’re providing, this will support the continued success of the Giant Lantern Parade as well as the other planned events.”

Councillor Elaine Evans added: “We're all very excited to have a date in the diary for the Parade thanks to Ceredigion County Council supporting Small World Theatre. It's a magical event and one that brings great joy to residents, and especially to families."

Further details of the festival programme will be announced in the autumn. Visit for more details.