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Christchurch Lantern Festival

27 February to 28 February

5pm –10.30pm

North Hagley Park


The Christchurch Lantern Festival is back and celebrating the Year of the Monkey.

Bring along your family and friends and experience Chinese culture amidst hundreds of vibrantly coloured lanterns, specially imported from China. There will be delicious Asian food stalls, fireworks and non-stop entertainment including master puppeteers from Shanghai and the famous Second Hand Rose rock band from Beijing. An event for everyone in the city and not to be missed!

The Lantern Festival has been part of Chinese New Year celebrations since the Han Dynasty (206 BC–221 AD). Usually held on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar, it marks the end of New Year festivities.

Brought to you by the Christchurch City Council in partnership with the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Air New Zealand Lantern Riddle Competition
Massive congratulations to Leanne Dunbar , the lucky winner of the Air New Zealand Lantern Riddle. Leanne will be heading off on a return trip to a New Zealand destination of her choice. Congratulations Leanne! We'll be in touch! 

Getting there
There is a variety of buses that stop near the park. See for bus routes and times.

To help plan your journey to the venue see for traffic and transport updates.

On site car-parking at $5 will be open from 3.30pm from Harper Ave, Carlton Mill end of North Hagley Park.  

Wheelchair accessible: Yes, but note that there is some uneven ground/grass.

Accessibility drop-off and pick-up point: A drop-off area is on the Armagh Street Bridge for Mobility Parking Holders.  

Accessible car parking areas: In the public car park access off Harper Ave there will be mobility parking.

Cycle stands: There will be cycle stands around the venue.

Service dog access: Service dogs are welcome

This event is part of the Christchurch City Council's Smokefree policy at events. Please respect the people around you and refrain from smoking.

Three Day Weather Forecast
Today: High 21°
Tomorrow: High 25°
Thursday: High 26°
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