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The LISMORE LANTERN PARADE is held annually on or around the longest night of the year, the Winter Solstice.

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On Saturday 20th June Lismore will “Light Up”  to celebrate the 21st Anniversary of this premier event. Each year the Lantern Parade attracts approximately  30,000 people.  It celebrates community, art and nature with arts, crafts, workshops, regional cuisine, markets, a spectacular parade, lanterns, bands, street theatre, music, carnival dancers, illuminated puppets, fire art and pyrotechnics – to name a few!





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The Festival is held in the heart of the Lismore CBD and spectators can view the parade from city streets and/or from Lismore’s major sporting oval, Oakes Oval.    Visitors come from near (Lismore, Ballina, Byron Bay, Casino, Alstonville, Wollongbar and surrounding villages) as well as from much further afield to enjoy this wonderful entertainment.




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In the weeks and months preceding the festival workshops are held in the art of Lantern construction.  Businesses take part in the action by decorating their windows in the lead-up to the festival and shoppers are asked to ‘vote’ for their favourite window.



Image result for lismore lantern parade   Whilst the main emphasis is on the evening parade and associated activities, throughout the day there will be dozens of market stalls – “Market deLight” –  and entertainment.  Experience the open air dining restaurants as you taste delicious local and organic foods. Take time to explore the arts and crafts exhibits for a special gift for a special friend.




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The evening’s activities conclude with an amazing fireworks display. This fiery finale at Oakes Oval is an appropriate way to end a day filled with so much excitement.






Needing to stay for the weekend?  Wanting Self Contained Accommodation?

Exterior view.




Just a 12 minute drive from the Heart of Lismore is boutique accommodation.  Contact Pines on the Plateau Boutique Lodges, 7 Converys Lane Wollongbar.  Telephone 02 6628 1319 / 04160281 365 or email:  Visit to find out all that is included in your tariff.


Check out the beautiful northerly views; look out over the paddocks with cattle grazing to the mountains. You may even see a Hot Air Balloon float past.

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