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#16: Winter Solstice Lantern Festival

December 21st marks the Winter Solstice which is the longest night of the year and is celebrated in many cultures. Vancouver celebrates with the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival with a lantern procession along the False Creek Seawall and culminating with music, singing, dancing and drumming in many surrounding community centres.

The Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year. It is widely celebrated in many cultures and Vancouver, British Columbia hosts the annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival celebrating with lanterns, fire, singing, drumming, music, and dancing as well as a lantern procession through the streets.Celebrating the winter solstice on December 21, the Secret Lantern Society hosts the Lantern Festival held in five locations around Vancouver

The Winter Solstice Lantern Festival is a popular event on the 21st of December

  • Date: December 21, 2009
  • Time: [Yaletown]: 6:00pm / Festivities at the Roundhouse Community Centre: 7:00pm - 10:00pm [Strathcona and Chinatown]: 6:00pm [Granville Island]: 6:00pm / Festivities at False Creek: 7:30pm - 10:00pm [Eastside]: 7:00pm / Festivities at Britannia Community Centre: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Admission: FREE (Donations Accepted)
  • How to get there: The Lantern Festival is at many locations: Yaletown, Granville Island, Stathcona, Chinatown and the Eastside - consult the website for information and parade and celebration locations.

For 2010 Winter Solstice Lantern Festival events in Vancouver, British Columbia visit our Winter Solstice Lantern Festival 2010 blog.

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