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Residents illuminate their creativity at Saanich festival

Autumn Lantern Festival returns after short hiatus in 2022

Community spirit was glowing in Saanich over the weekend.

The Saanich Autumn Lantern Festival transformed the Gordon Head Recreation Centre and a portion of Lambrick Park on Saturday (Sept. 16).

The district’s annual event didn’t run in 2022 due to a lack of staff and space but was met with enthusiasm in 2023.

The free, family-friendly event is an outdoor celebration of light and community, with lantern displays, cultural entertainment, food vendors and other seasonal activities.

A new feature this year was the lantern loop, where attendees could take a self-directed tour around Lambrick House to take in the illuminated displays that had been prepared.

Community members were invited to create their own battery-lit lanterns to bring to the festival or could make one at one of the stations for a small fee. Attendees were also encouraged to dress up in illuminated costumes to take part in the twilight promenade on Lambrick field prior to the grand finale Wong Sheung Kung Fu Lion Dancers at dusk.

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