The 25th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival

  • December 21, 2018
  • Times: From: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Location: Various locations

Friday December 21, 2018

Granville Island
6:00PM - 10:00PM

6:00PM - 10:00PM

The dance of the sun and earth has inspired celebrations of the human spirit, expressed through art and music, throughout the ages. Honouring many cultural traditions, the annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival illuminates the darkest night of the year with lanterns, fire, singing, drumming, music and dancing!

Come celebrate this free community event with a glowing constellation of lanterns shining in four Vancouver neighbourhoods. Wherever you wind up, we hope you feel connected to your community and to the universal spirit of celebration!


FIRE PERFORMANCES - Last year we broke with tradition and moved the fire performances to later in the evening, to great success. So this year again, both Granville Island and Yaletown will each host a Fire Finale at 9:30 PM.

GRANVILLE ISLAND - PROCESSIONS: 1) Due to seawall construction the procession from Leg-In-Boot Square is cancelled; 2) Procession from Vanier Park will run at 6:00 PM as always. 3) Granville Island procession begins at 6:00 PM starting from Ocean Artworks on Johnston Street (not at Triangle Square as in previous years). 4) Following indoor activities, the final procession leaves False Creek Community Centre at 9:15 PM and heads to the Fire Finale in Ron Basford Park at 9:30 PM. INDOORS: Activities take place in both Performance Works (Labyrinth of Light) and the False Creek Community Centre from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

YALETOWN - PROCESSIONS: 1) A procession leaves The Gathering Place (609 Helmcken St.) at 6:00 PM and heads to the Roundhouse. 2) The traditional processions from the Aquatic Centre or Cooper's Park have been cancelled. 3) Following a lantern-making workshop at the Roundhouse, a lantern procession heads into David Lam Park from 8:00-8:30PM. INDOORS: The Roundhouse hosts indoor activities from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM. The Fire Finale takes place on the Roundhouse Turntable at 9:30 PM.

CHINATOWN - Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is not participating in 2018.

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The 25th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival