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Lantern Celebration

Saturday 15th December 2018

Theme: Invention & Imagination

The celebrations begin as you make your way up to the Centre of New Zealand. Along the track, you'll 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 set.

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

And for the first time we've teamed up with Summer Al Fresco Movies to bring you the delightful Christmas family movie 'Miracle on 34th Street' from 9.30pm at the Botanic Reserve (see separate listing for movie details).

Entertainment timings:
* 'Up' the track 7 - 9pm
* Sir Stanley Whitehead Park 7.30pm - darkfall
* UV Light Show on the 'down' track at darkfall
* Al fresco family movie from 9.30pm

RAIN DATE: Sunday 16 December

Make yourself a homemade lantern before the celebration. Remember to use a battery-powered light to avoid fire risk. Bring a picnic, light source and warm clothing. Children under 13 must be supervised by an adult. This is a zero rubbish event.

1 and 8 December. See separate listing

Family Friendly Featured Free


December 15, 2018


7pm - 10pm


Nelson & suburbs


Centre of New Zealand (from Botanic Reserve)
Milton Street, Nelson

Tickets, Bookings and Entry


Additional Info

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