Lantern Celebration

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Free Event

Sat 15 Dec, 7-10pm  (rain day Sun 17 Dec)

Centre of New Zealand (Botanical Reserve) & Sir Stanley Whitehead Park

Theme: Invention & Imagination

Get creating and make yourself a homemade lantern to bring along.  Remember to use a battery-powered light to avoid fire risk.

The celebrations begin as you make your way up the hill, to the Centre of New Zealand. Along the track, you will discover inventive installations and imaginative performances. Once at the top of the hill, listen to some groovy music, get your face painted and watch the sun slowly set. 

Then it’s time to trail back down the hill. Use your lanterns to light your way, bringing to life the wonders that the night offers.

Entertainment timings:

  • On the 'up track' only, from 7-9pm
  • At Sir Stanley Whitehead Park from 7.30pm - dark-fall
  • UV Light Show on the 'down track' at dark-fall
  • Al Fresco summer movie in Botanic Reserve - 9.30pm  The delightful Christmas family movie 'Miracle on 34th Street' (with subtitles).

Bring a picnic, light-source and warm clothing.

Children under 13 must be supervised by an adult.

This is a zero rubbish event.

 If wet, the event will be rescheduled to Sun 16 Dec. Check here and the ‘summerinnelson’ Facebook page for updates.


Community Art Works, 81 Achilles Ave, Nelson

Two options: Saturday 1st Dec OR Saturday 8th Dec, 10am - 2pm

$20 per person + booking fees

All materials supplied.  Completed lantern approx 40cm high.

In this four hour workshop, you will work with skilled craftspeople to create a very special lantern to bring to this year's Lantern Celebration. Numbers limited, early booking recommended. Book at