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 Market Announcements! 


5-8 PM

Hillsborough, NC

Scroll down to learn about live music, artist vendors, exciting experiences, and more to look forward to at the 2023 Solstice Lantern Walk & Market!

Music & Entertainment

2022 event photography courtesy of Drone Data and Film.


5 - 5:45 PM - 

Lagomorph ​Quartet

5:45 - 6:45 PM - 

Ancient Song Therapy (Accompanying the Spiral of Light in River Park)

6:45 - 8 PM - 

Lagomorph ​Quartet

Night Sky with Stars

SKY TOURS: If skies are clear, stargaze with CHAOS Astronomers! Find the Astronomers near the River Park Arch to learn about the cosmos on Winter Solstice.

SPIRAL OF LIGHT: Honor the season by walking the Spiral of Light! This meditative, community-created labyrinth will be in River Park 12/16 - the last week in December.

Listen for the singing bowls accompanying the Spiral of Light during the walk procession, courtesy of Ancient Song Therapy.


5:45 PM

Eno River Farmers Market Pavilion

*Please do not enter from alternate points along Riverwalk.

Follow the Moon Man! As is tradition for Solstice Lantern Walk, 1,2,3 Puppetry will herald with walk start with their giant moon man & stars puppets!

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GINGERBREAD AWARDS: Awards for the 2023 Homes for the Holidays Gingerbread Competition will be announced at Solstice Market! 


Plan to tour the gingerbread houses on display in historic, downtown Hillsborough now through Jan. 1, 2023. 

Click here for a map of the 2023 gingerbread locations and to vote for your favorites! 

Solstice Market Artists

Click for links to artist websites where available. 

Food & Beverage


Hot apple cider (NA) & bottles to take home (to-go only) with Botanist & Barrel!


 Tacos, burritos, and nachos with El Jefecito!

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Vegan Black Bean Chili & Minestrone with Govinda's Catering!

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Kettle Corn with GypZea Maize!


Cookies & hot cocoa with the Hillsborough Bake Shop!

Plan Your Visit to Hillsborough!

All HAC events are town-wide celebrations of creativity and community. While in Historic Hillsborough, we encourage you to make a day of it and support our beloved, small, local businesses this winter season! Grab lunch before the walk; peruse in-town artist wares and gifts; catch dinner, dessert, a drink, or a show after the procession.


Have questions about parking, the walk route, viewing locations, restrooms, etc.? We've answered most-asked questions in a comprehensive guide to help you plan for the optimal Solstice experience!


Many downtown businesses offer extended hours, specials, and promotions to support the Solstice festivities! Be sure to check out all the In-Town Solstice Specials & Promotions to explore before & after the event. 


Don't forget to explore the gingerbread houses on display in many local shop windows now through Jan. 1, 2023. Click here for a map of the 2023 gingerbread locations and to vote for your favorites! Awards will be announced at Solstice Market.

Additional support for this program is generously provided by the Hillsborough Tourism Board.

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