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Calendar Customs: Christmas Lantern Making

Christmas Lantern Sample

Join artist Cas McCarthy to look at some traditional Christmas decorations and cards from the collection and make a variety of fun drawings with ink markers on translucent paper. These can be then displayed into your own simple cardboard lantern to illuminate the wonderful days around Christmas.

Activity at a Glance

Level: All ages 
Group Size: 15 max
Location:  Onsite 
Duration: 60 minutes, 3 parts 
10min: Christmas customs and traditions 
40min: Workshop 
10min: Q & A
Availability: Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th December 2023
Times: 10am to 11am or 11.30am to 12.30pm
Booking: Booking required
Accessibility: Hands-on

Bookings and Information 

To book this event, contact the bookings and information office

Curriculum Links: 

Social Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE)

History: Local Studies 
  • Feasts and Festivals in the Past; Story - Stories of Lives of People in the Past - Religion - Beliefs.
  • Culture in the Past - Cultural Activities.
  • Early people and ancient societies - Early Christian Ireland – Values.
  • Ordinary People – Communities - Appreciation of Culture.

Visual Arts/Construction: Concepts and Skills -

  • Awareness of Shape, Form, Texture, Pattern and Rhythm; Strands - Construction/Making constructions/Looking and Responding
  • Colour – Experiment with Colour.
  • Creative Thinking – Respond to Periods and Cultures – Regional Craft. Tradition – National Heritage.


  • Human Environments – Social and Cultural Activities – Social Environment – Religion.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss festivals in general; identify why Christmas decorations and cards were home-made. Learn how to make some simple decorations.
  • Discuss what the students will do with their completed decorations; review the content of the workshop.
  • Discuss their own work and the work of their classmates. 
  • Insight into a traditional craft and past culture.
  • Understanding the effect of the past on present culture.

Pre-Visit Resources:

  • Check out information on Calendar Customs and traditions here 


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