Lismore Lantern Parade

Join the Lismore community as it celebrates individual creativity at the Lismore Lantern Parade. Thousands of individuals gather together and show off their creative side at this annual community arts festival and parade. The 2015 Lismore Lantern Parade has yet to have its dates confirmed.

What to Expect

The Lismore Lantern Parade was started in an effort for the Lismore community to build stronger ties. Started in 1994, this parade has become a way for community members to gather and showcase their creative side, while having an opportunity to build a stronger community. The Lismore Lantern Parade is held on the longest night of the year, which is otherwise known as the Winter Solstice. The entire evening is filled with a lengthy parade, arts and craft workshops, street theatre performances, local street vendors, and lots of music.


The atmosphere is set for the lantern parade as many local businesses along the parade route will decorate their windows in honour of the parade's theme. Take a stroll along the parade route and see how the community of Lismore celebrates this fun and festive event. The Lismore Lantern Parade winds through the Lismore CBD. It is filled with hundreds of floats, carnival dancers, and more. Each entry into the parade tries to incorporate the parade's yearly theme into their presentation.


Travellers and visitors can view the parade from the sidelines by sitting anywhere along the parade route. Parade watchers are encouraged to participate in the event by making their own colourful lanterns to hold during the parade.


The evening's activities wind down with an awe-inspiring and amazing fireworks display. This fiery finale is a calming and relaxing way to end a day filled with hundreds of activities and events.


Spend the Evening Shopping Along the Market deLight

The Lismore Lantern Parade is more than just a parade filled with spectacular performances and floats; it is also a time for people to stroll through the amazing open air market. The Market deLight is an open air market that is filled with dozens of local vendors.


Casually stroll through the dozen open air dining restaurants as you taste mouth-watering cuisines and treats from all over the world. Or browse through several arts and crafts exhibits for a unique, creative gift that allows you to remember your time at the Lismore Lantern Parade.


Create Your Own Lantern for the Lismore Lantern Parade

Allow your creativity to shine by taking some time to create your own lantern for the Lismore Lantern Parade. There are several lantern workshops that are available to visitors. These workshops instruct people on how to use their creativity to create a lantern that is perfect for the Lismore Lantern Parade. These newly created lanterns can be used to line the parade route, or even used by local performers who will march in the Lismore Lantern Parade.


If the Lismore Lantern Parade sounds like an amazing and creative event you would like to attend then consider staying in a holiday rental. There are several holiday rentals available in the Lismore area and in nearby Byron Bay that will place you within walking distance to this wonderful, awe-inspiring event.


Note: All dates & information in the above article were correct as of March 12th 2014

Byron Bay Accommodation

1 - 7  Night Minimum Stay
2 BR, 1 BA, Sleeps 4


From  AUD710 /nt
1 - 5  Night Minimum Stay
5 BR, 4 BA, Sleeps 10


From  AUD450 /nt
1 - 7  Night Minimum Stay
3 BR, 3 BA, Sleeps 8


2 - 3  Night Minimum Stay
1 BR, 1 BA, Sleeps 2


3 - 7  Night Minimum Stay
2 BR, 1 BA, Sleeps 4