Life-sized Lanterns


Food Stalls




Children Made Lanterns

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Spectacular Lantern Display

Check out the life-sized sculptured lanterns which have been custom-built by Chinese artisans - each of which took over a month to complete! This year there are 8 all NEW life-sized lanterns. One of these lanterns, the Hongi Lantern, is an incredible two stories high and symbolizes Wellington's cultural inclusivity. 



Children Lantern Exhibition

In 2020 we are taking our Children's Lantern Workshop& competition nationwide. There are over 9,000 primary school students participating, that's 59 schools across 13 regions!  3722 of them will be displayed on the Wellington Waterfront at the Wellington Lantern Festival in February! Voting opens till the 7th of February and everyone that votes go in the draw to win a year's supply of RJ's Licorice

Entertainment and Performances

Enjoy a rich multicultural experience, with more than 300+ artists and performers showcased over two days. Our program is packed with traditional and contemporary Asian culture routines, Dragon/Lion Dances, Salsa, Tap and Bollywood Dancing, Kapa Haka performances, circus acts and more. Stay tuned for the full festival programme - coming soon!



• To the moon selfie station

• DIY lantern making workshop

• Glow 'n' dark zone face painting      


• Riddles in tress

• Interactive balloons

• On-the-day competitions




Come and explore dining in Wellington - one of New Zealand's favourite destinations for food and culture hunters! Experience global street food, discover new flavours and cuisine from all over the world. Over 45 internationally inspired and locally sourced food stalls will be serving up delicious treats all weekend.

Ultimate Street Food Fest