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Lismore Lantern Parade is a nationally and internationally recognised, award-winning annual festival that celebrates the Winter Solstice. The festival is based around a breath-taking parade of lanterns, light and performance through the main streets of Lismore, travelling to the banks of the Wilson’s River where a theatrical performance, fireworks and a spectacular bonfire continue the celebration. It is well worth the 45 minute drive west from Byron along the Bruxner Highway to participate in this festival!

Market Delight | 12pm – 9.00pm
The day’s activities begin at 12 noon when the Market delight opens with a fabulous array of delicious regional food, arts & crafts and some pop-up shops from local CBD businesses.

​Freedom of Entry Parade | 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Soldiers from the Lismore based 41st Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment, will conduct a Freedom of Entry Parade into the Lismore CBD on 22 June 2024 as a part of the lantern festival. The parade marches through the town to the memorial cenotaph and along the route, the soldiers will be halted as the Local Police Commander and Mayor formally challenge their right of entry into the city. They then continue along the route to Memorial Gardens where the parade will conclude. This is a ceremonial event of deep historical significance.

Kids Fest | 12pm – 4.30pm
Enjoy fun and games with Northern Rivers community groups & organisations, there will be activities, street performers, jumping castle and lots more fun. The Summerland Bank will be bringing along their giant street games! They will also be facilitating the Lantern Decorating stall so you can join in the parade!

The Heartbeats Festival Stage | 12pm – 9.00pm
HeartBeats Festival Stage returns to Carrington Street, near Dragonfly Cafe. The delightful Little Jarjums from Friends Children’s Centre and friends will join Uncle Roy Gordon to do a special Acknowledgement of Country. Music and performance is drawn from the wealth of talent here on the Northern Rivers. The full HeartBeats Festival Stage program will be released closer to the festival.

​The Lantern Parade | 5.30pm – 6.30pm
The fabulous Lanterneers assemble and depart from Magellan Street through the Heart of the City to completion at Riverside Park.

​The Fiery Finale | 6.30pm -7.30pm
Set on the slopes of the Riverside Park, there will be gentle pyrotechnics and a big bonfire. For this you will need to bring along blankets and cushions to sit on the grass. Camp chairs are kept to the top of the slope.

The After Parties | 8.30pm – late
Several local hotels and venues around the city will be putting on a variety of after parties.


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