in the event of torrential rain, heat wave or blizzard please go to the indoor venues at 7:00pm




Strathcona Community Centre - 601 Keefer St.

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Register on-line to guarantee a spot and your supplies or drop in (first come, first served) to make a simple lantern to carry in the procession that leaves at 6:00pm. Lantern can be made in as short as 30 minutes but come early as supplies may run out . Free hot chocolate! 

Select the number of lanterns you wish to make and click the "Purchase" button to be taken to the secure Picatic site to complete your transaction. All sales are final.
$10.50/lantern (includes credit card processing fee)

SOLD OUT online. Drop in (15-20 lanterns available), first come, first served. Check out other last-minute lantern workshops at Roundhouse and on Granville Island.


Strathcona Community Centre

Join a lively lantern procession led by the drums of African Crossing Drum Ensemble through the streets of Strathcona for a magical evening at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. See route map below.

Chinatown map
Pin-prick owl (last-minute lantern workshop)

Pin-prick owl (last-minute lantern workshop)



578 Carrall St.

6:00PM - 10:00PM

General $10   |   Couple $15   |   Family $20 (2 adults + 2 children 17 and under)   |   Garden Members $6

Start the Chinese winter solstice celebration, dong zhi, by participating in a lantern-making workshop at the Strathcona Community Centre, and join in the procession through the streets of Strathcona from 6:00pm - 6:20pm. Then follow the drums of African Crossing Drum Ensemble to a dream-like evening at the Garden, where Secret Lantern Society artists have created a unique and delightful environment of beauty and warmth to celebrate the longest night of the year.

Enjoy hundreds of whimsical lanterns throughout the Garden and immerse yourself in The Conference Of The Birds where beautiful bird lanterns have come to roost. Participate in nature-inspired shadow puppetry with the Lost and Found Puppet Company or add your own dash of creativity to the Community Lantern hosted by the Community Arts Council.

Berson-Blaney Duo in the Garden

Berson-Blaney Duo in the Garden

Create your own beautiful Solstice Headdress using organic materials such as leaves and dried flowers or release a lovely Lotus Lantern into the pond and let it carry your illuminated wishes into the night ($5/activity).


Treat yourself to tea and participate in a tea ceremony with Adrian Sinclair & Lars Nielsen while listening to featured performers including the wild drums of African Crossing Drum Ensemble, the powerful First Nations songs and drums of Audrey Siegl (Musqueam) and Victor Thompson (Haida), atmospheric jazz of the Berson-Blaney Duo, the lively Balkan traditions of Zeellia, and the traditional Persian music of the Ali Razmi Duo.

Lantern artists include Joey MallettYoko TomitaJacquie RolstonNaomi Singer and Secret Lantern Society volunteers!