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


Produced by the Secret Lantern Society
Artistic Director Naomi Singer


One festival, many neighbourhoods

Come celebrate the 21st on the 21st!

21st Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival
The dance of the sun and earth has inspired celebrations of the human spirit, expressed through art and music, throughout the ages. Honouring many cultural traditions, the annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival illuminates the longest night of the year with lanterns, fire, singing, drumming, music and dancing!

Come celebrate this warm and festive community event with a glowing constellation of lanterns shining in four Vancouver neighbourhoods.

Wherever you wind up, we hope you feel connected to your community and to the universal spirit of celebration!

Click here to learn more about the science of solstice.

I donated!

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!


Experience the Labyrinth of Light

The labyrinth has long been used for meditation, prayer and sites of ritual in various cultures around the world. Created with over 700 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.
* Granville Island at Performance Works 6:00pm - 10:00pm
* Yaletown at Roundhouse Community Centre 6:00pm - 11:00pm

Tickets are available online ($5.50) or at the door ($5.00). Visit the links above for detailed ticket info. To purchase timed tickets online now, see buttons below.

Buy Tickets For This Event Labyrinth of Light at Performance Works

Buy Tickets For This Event Labyrinth of Light at Roundhouse Commnunity Centre

Dear Friends,

If you love this festival, please write and tell us what the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival means to you. Your letters are more important than you know - not only do they touch our spirit, they are included in every grant we write to illustrate how deeply art touches the lives of so many.

To ensure the festival returns each year please also write to our partner Community Associations to thank them directly for their continued participation. Your voice is essential!

Naomi Singer
Artistic Director, Secret Lantern Society