Mansfield Lantern Festival

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the festival?

The festival is held on the Saturday closest to the winter solstice. In 2021, the festival will be on Saturday 19th June. The solstice is Monday 21st June.

What can I expect at the festival?

2021 will see light exhibitions, lanterns hanging in the main street, music, a photographic scavenger hunt (with prizes!) and a Mystery Progressive Dinner.

What’s the Mystery Progressive Dinner?

The dinner is a ticketed event. Participants will find out “on the night” where they will be enjoying their first course. At the conclusion of each part of the meal, guests will have their next location revealed. Tickets will go on sale soon.

What’s happening with the parade?

Unfortunately we will not be having a parade in 2021. We look forward to the return of the parade in 2022.

Can I make a lantern?

Yes! We encourage you to make a lantern to bring with you on the night – you can carry it with you to light up the night OR add it to our lantern display for everyone to see.

What about food and drink?

We will publish information closer to the date with details about the local venues that will be offering food / drink.

What should I wear?

The festival is about celebrating the winter solstice – so it is very likely that it will be cold! Please dress accordingly and wear hats, gloves and coats. You may need an umbrella if it is wet – the festival will continue regardless of the weather.