Virtual Parol Making Workshop

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What is a parol?

A parol is a traditional Filipino, star-shaped lantern that historically represents the star the three wise men followed. This has been a custom that families have done for many generations around the holidays and is often part of large family celebrations with dancing and shared meals. 

Regardless of your faith, people of all ages and parents with children, can join us in making this beautiful, fun decoration that will light up your home! 

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Time: 6pm-7pm EST / 3pm-4pm PST
Cost: Free/By donation (suggested $5 donation) (Donate here)
Open to: All ages, parents and children

Space is limited to 25 people.


If you have have your own materials, you can join in! However we are able to supply 20 free Parol Kits (enough for 1 parol) to those living in the Ottawa-Gatineau area only. These art kits include the following items and are on a first come first serve basis.

• 10 Bamboo Sticks
• 16 Cellophane Squares
• 5 Wooden Dowel Pins
• 20 Rubber Bands
• 5 – 7 sheets of coloured tissue paper

You will also need access to a computer or smartphone, internet, Zoom and audio.

What YOU will need to pick up yourself: 
For liability reasons, these three items listed do not come with the Parol Kit. Please have these items prior to the event and have an adult help you with the hot glue gun. Items can be found at your local Dollar Store and will cost approx. $6.

  • Glue Gun / Hot Glue Sticks
  • Glue Sticks
  • Scissors


We try to make our workshops accessible. If you require special assistance, please let us know and we will try to accommodate as best as we can.

Sample video:

This workshop is now full.

You will be sent the Zoom link upon registering a few days before the event. Please make sure you check your spam. This event will not be recorded.

Your instructor:

Claudine Santos

Claudine studied in Herstmonceaux, England and Kingston, ON at Queen’s University, earning degrees in politics and Spanish literature as well as a certificate of international studies. She also has a background in law.

She’s had a circuitous career path to becoming Director of Parliamentary Affairs to Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson, having worked as the general manager and corporate trainer for Prime Restaurant, social media manager for, and run her own company Family Industries, to name a few.

She lives in Barrhaven, ON with her husband and young son.

A.R.T. In Action would like to thank the Social Planning Council of Ottawa for sponsoring this workshop.