The South Island Lantern Festival has traditionally been held as part of Christchurch's Chinese New Year celebrations.
Lanterns come in all forms and shapes: animals, insects or flowers. A favourite subject is the zodiac animal of the year, which in 2019 will be the pig.
This year's festival will be held on 22-24 February 2019, starting at the Bridge of Remembrance and heading all the way down the City Promenade into Victoria Square and The Commons.
Bring along your family and friends to experience Chinese culture, with vibrantly coloured lanterns lighting up the central city. This event is for everyone and features music, performance, dance, food, and lanterns.
There will be a vast variety of food vendors and entertainment, with two stages hosting local and international acts while roving performers will be found throughout the route where the festival is being held. View site map.