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Lantern Celebration to light up festive season


The annual Lantern Celebration will be back again on Saturday, December 17, to help kick off Nelson’s festive season.

With last year’s event rained off, the theme is again ‘Journey to the Stars’ with all kinds of creations, installations and music waiting to surprise and enchant walkers as they make their way up to the Centre of New Zealand.

Participants are encouraged to add a little star-inspired sparkle to their attire – think Star Trek, Star Wars, Avatar, E.T. and NASA.

At the top, there will be further entertainment for the whole family before lanterns light up and head back down the hill.

Organisers are encouraging everyone to get creative and bring along their homemade lantern creations but due to fire risk, are asking people use a battery or solar powered light for their lantern.

Lantern making workshops will be held on Saturday, December 10 and 17 from 10am-12pm at the Community Art Works at 18 Achilles Avenue where, for just $2, people can create their own star-inspired lantern to bring to the celebration.

Council’s Community Services Committee Chair, Gaile Noonan, says the Lantern Celebration is a chance to enjoy the magic of summer in a beautiful Nelson spot.

“As the first event in our Summer Events programme, the Lantern Celebration is a great, family-friendly event to get us in the festive spirit and kick off the summer season.”

If wet, the event will be rescheduled to Sunday, December 18.