In the event of monsoon, heat wave or blizzard please go to the indoor venues at 7:00 PM

Granville Island



False Creek Community Centre - 1318 Cartwright St.

4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Register on-line to guarantee a spot and your supplies or drop in and make a simple lantern to carry in one of the processions.  Your lantern can be made in as short as 30 minutes but come early as space is limited. When your lantern is finished simply head East or West along the seawall to meet up with a procession and then turn around to join them on their way to the Water Park on Granville Island.

Online registration is secure and easy:

  1. Click the Activity Code to be taken to the Vancouver Recreation secure website.
  2. Add activity to your cart and checkout.

$10/lantern   |   Activity Code: 89370


See route map below.

  1. H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
  2. Granville Island Triangle Square
  3. Leg-In-Boot Square

The 3 processions converge at the Water Park on Granville Island and are greeted by the traditional torch-lit Song Of Welcome by The Vancouver Morris Men

After enjoying indoor activities in the False Creek Community Centre from 7:00 - 9:00 PM, follow the Carnival Band over to Ron Basford Park where the Urban Haidas welcome the crowd and Inspired Circus weaves their fiery magic as a flaming sun sculpture lights the darkest night.


Granville Island map

A free family event, with some ticketed venues. Suggested donation of $5/person gratefully accepted. Everyone who gives a donation or purchases a ticket to either Labyrinth of Light will receive a solstice button!


Sun by Nels Holm

Sun by Nels Holm

1318 Cartwright St.

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

After the procession, warm up inside with hot chocolate and a wonderful array of diverse music.  Enjoy the gorgeous voices and Balkan sounds of Zlatna Mountain, groove to the jazzy genius of Hot Club of Pluto or heat up solstice night with a super fun Family Dance with dance caller Paul Silveria and the Royal Coachmen. For those interested in quieter pursuits you can learn about the celestial constellations of winter solstice with community astronomer Bill Burnyeat inside the inflatable Canadian Planetarium, while being serenaded by the award-winning violin of Michael Burnyeat. If you're curious about the origins of solstice lore,  look for the lady in the top hat; that's Ritual Historian Shaughna Born who will tell you the sometimes bloody and epic stories ancient peoples told each other to explain the loss of the light. Be sure to experience the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance and Welch Border Dances by The Vancouver Morris Men, who have been an essential part of this festival for the entire 23 years!

Song of Welcome by The Vancouver Morris Men

Song of Welcome by The Vancouver Morris Men

1218 Cartwright St.

LABYRINTH OF LIGHT 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The labyrinth has long been used for meditation, prayer and sites of ritual in various cultures around the world. Created with over 600 pure beeswax candles, the winter solstice labyrinth invites you to warm yourself in a self-guided ceremony intended to help release old attachments and envision new possibilities as the darkest night of the year births a new season. Hosted by Clara Rose, with crystal bowl toning by Christine Paton.


To ensure a space in the Labyrinth and to minimize wait times, it is strongly recommended that you purchase your TIMED TICKET online. 

Your online purchase also enrols you as a non-voting member of the Secret Lantern Society.

Click the "PURCHASE" button to make your timed ticket selections and then complete your transaction.

Please arrive at the labyrinth 15 minutes before your scheduled time slot.


$7.00 - Children under 13 FREE. Please visit on-site box office for complimentary tickets for eligible children. Advance online ticket sales end Dec 20, midnight.  Ticket purchases are non-refundable. All sales are final.


$7.00 - Tickets are available at the door from 5:30 PM onward. Cash only. Children under 13 FREE.