Burning the Clocks is a fantastic outdoor celebration of the winter solstice and a free spectator event. The event consists of a children’s lantern parade through the city centre finishing with a firework display from the beach adjacent to Madeira Drive. The lanterns are made of paper and willow, carried through the city and burnt on the beach as a token for the end of the year.

Over 2,000 people now take part in the parade and over 20,000 spectators turn out to watch this magical spectacle. Created in 1994, Burning of the Clocks is a way to celebrate the festive season regardless of creed or faith. The route is suitable for all ages and abilities.

This is a unique annual community event created by Same Sky that brings the whole city together to mark the shortest day. Conceived to celebrate the winter solstice in a lively manner, this event now takes place on 21 December each year close to The White House Hotel and attracts around 3,000 spectators. For more information please click and visit this website