Lantern Celebration

Girl holding lantern at dusk

Free Event

Theme: The Enchanted Forest

Sat 14 Dec, 7 - 10pm   (Rain date: Sun 15 Dec)
Centre of New Zealand (Botanical Reserve), Nelson
Entertainment on the 'up' track ends at 9pm 

The Enchanted Forest is brimming with fairytale characters and wild imaginings!

Take a delightful trip along the walking track towards the Centre of NZ where entertainers and installations await. At the top, enjoy music, face-painting and more, as you watch the sunset.  Bring a picnic and warm clothing.

Remember your battery-powered lantern to light your way down after dark. Come and experience this unique and whimsical, family-friendly adventure in nature. 

Children under 13 must be supervised by an adult.


Join us at the Botanical Reserve after the Lantern Celebration for the wonderful family Christmas movie, A Christmas Carol (1951 86 mins). THIS IS A ZERO WASTE EVENT.

 This is a zero rubbish event.

 Lantern Making Workshop, Sun 8 Dec, 11 – 1.30pm

Come along to the Teddy Bears' Picnic at Isel Park to make your own enchanted lantern. $2 per person.