Solstice Celebration Lantern Walk 

December 21, 2017 at 5:45 p.m.

Photo by Kristin Prelipp

The Solstice Lantern Walk will take place on December 21 at 5:45 pm. The color theme for the lanterns again this year is all white. Please do not incorporate other colors into your lantern. 


This event is free and open to the public but all participants must register in advance and bring a handmade, white lantern with a battery operated light source (fairy lights, LED light, votive candle). No flames allowed.


BELLS are a new addition for this year! It is not mandatory for participation, but folks are encouraged to purchase a bell for $1 to help add a quiet twinkle to our otherwise silent walk. 


WHEN AND WHERE DO WE MEET? Beginning at 5:30 pm, all participants must enter the Riverwalk from the Farmer's Market Pavilion, 144 E. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough. All other entrances will be closed. The approximately 30-minute walk will begin a 5:45 pm.


SPECTATORS: If you want to be a spectator, we recommend the view from the Eno Parking Deck (behind Weaver Street Market). Only individuals with lanterns will be allowed to enter the Riverwalk. 


Again, this event is FREE but we need you to REGISTER to help us to organize the walk. We cannot wait to see your beautifully creative lanterns light up the night!

WHY ARE QUIET AND WHITE EMPHASIZED? The Winter Solstice marks the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. The Solstice Lantern Walk is a non-denominational celebration of the days slowly getting longer. 


While it is close to the holidays, this is an intentional recognition of the quiet beauty of new winter light. We respectfully leave other winter holiday traditions such as carolling, etc. for incorporation into events other than the lantern walk. 



BELLS AND GLUE ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ($1 each) WHILE SUPPLIES LAST at the Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery and Gift Shop at 102 N. Churton Street. 

                                             A Video on How To Use Your  Lantern Kit:

Click the link above for lantern instructions you can download.

In addition, we have compiled some videos of lantern making ideas below.


Reminder, we are using LEDs (absolutely no flames allowed)

Some of these videos show colored lanterns but please stay true to the Winter White color theme.

We know that this creative community will come together with fun creations! We can't wait to see yours!

Want to protect your handmade lanterns? Spraying clear aerosol lacquer helps protect them from the elements.

Lantern Walk Route - Enter from the Eno River Farmers Market 
Parking Encouraged on the East side of town (to the right of Orange County Courthouse on map below) All entry to Riverwalk from Farmers Market Pavilion.
Overflow parking via parking deck.

Videos of Lantern Walks

2017 - video by Michelle Whitfield and Jeff Shields, music and Picture Maker at Kleptonaut

2016 - video by Michelle Whitfield and Jeff Shields, music and Picture Maker at Kleptonaut

2015 - Inaugural parade passed StickWork by Patrick Dougherty, which was sponsored by the Hillsborough Arts Council and completed late November 2015.


Video by Gregg McPherson of Grey Egg Productions 

Love the Lantern Walk? 


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