One Festival, Many Neighbourhoods The winter solstice marks the longest, darkest night of the year. This dance of sun and earth has inspired celebrations of the human spirit throughout the ages
One Festival, Many Neighbourhoods
The winter solstice marks the longest, darkest night of the year. This dance of sun and earth has inspired celebrations of the human spirit throughout the ages and our own Winter Solstice Lantern Festival illuminates the night with a multicultural array of lanterns, fire, singing, dancing, music, and storytelling.
DATE Sat Dec 21
A Roundhouse partnership with the Secret Lantern Society
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: PRE- AND DURING FESTIVAL
Help replenish our 17-year old Tree of Life with new branches, lights, and lanterns, or help with a variety of workshop tasks. All skill levels are appreciated. Drop-ins welcome! Mezzanine Workshop.
Sun Dec 15 Volunteer Orientation and Labyrinth Training: 3-4:30pm.
Volunteers are an essential part of the 26th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival! Come meet the team and get an overview of all tasks. There will also be specific training for volunteering in our magical Labyrinth of Light. Room B.
Dec 7-20 Volunteer Workshop: 12-8pm (weekdays), 11am-4pm (weekends).
Dec 20 Help make the Roundhouse beautiful for the festival.
Dec 21 Be part of the behind-the-scenes magic on festival day and night.
Sign up at secretlantern.org/volunteer-form
GIFT LANTERNS: PRE-FESTIVAL
Lanterns made by Secret Lantern Society artists are available for purchase at the front desk of the Roundhouse throughout December. Give the gift of light so a friend can join you in the lantern procession on solstice. $15/lantern
LANTERN-MAKING WORKSHOPS: PRE-FESTIVAL
Sign up for a workshop to get ready for Dec 21 and contribute to the glowing constellation of lanterns in your community. Price is per lantern; all basic materials provided. All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. Register via the Roundhouse front desk: 604-713-1800.
Make simple and fun lanterns using a balloon.
Mo | Dec 9 | 7-9pm | $15/lantern | 259723 | All ages | Mezzanine
Sa | Dec 14 | 10am-12pm | $15/lantern | 259724 | All ages | Mezzanine
Create a lantern for your home using organic materials (pressed flower petals, twigs, leaves). Materials provided, or bring your own. Can be made in 2-4 hours.
Su | Dec 8 | 12-4pm | $25/lantern | 259725| All ages | Mezzanine
Sa | Dec 14 | 1-4pm | $25/lantern | 259726 | All ages | Mezzanine
These easy-to-make lanterns are great for smaller children.
Su | Dec 8 | 10-11am | $10/lantern | 259729 | All ages | Mezzanine
Th | Dec 12 | 6-7pm | $10/lantern | 259730 | All ages | Mezzanine
Follow simple steps to make a lovely bamboo frame lantern.
Su | Dec 15 | 12-4pm | $25/lantern | 259731 | All ages | Mezzanine
LABYRINTH OF LIGHT: DURING FESTIVAL
Experience a beautiful and meditative walk through an ancient labyrinth lit with more than 600 pure beeswax candles. To assist with the Closing Ritual at 10:30pm please speak with the Labyrinth Box Office in the lobby. All ages.
DATE Sat Dec 21
TICKETS $9, children under 12 free. Register for timed tickets at secretlantern.org
WORKSHOPS ON SOLSTICE NIGHT: DURING FESTIVAL
Spend the darkest night with your friends and family, and create your own beautiful nature lantern using natural materials (pressed flower petals, twigs, leaves). Materials provided, or bring your own. Can be made in 2-3 hours.
Sa | Dec 21 | 6-10pm | $25/lantern | 259736 | All ages | Mezzanine
Make a lantern and join a procession to David Lam Park at 8pm. Pin-prick lanterns can be made in half an hour or less. Register to reserve : 604-713-1800.
Sa | Dec 21 | 6-8pm | $10/lantern | 259737 | All ages | Games Room
Create your own beautiful solstice headdress using natural materials such as leaves and evergreens. Drop-in only, while supplies last.
Sa | Dec 21 | 6-9pm | By donation | Drop-in | All Ages | Exhibition Hall
(Saturday) 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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