Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know ….. 

What is the Lantern Parade?

The highlight of the entire weekend is the highly anticipated lantern parade, where spectators will be treated to a flurry of colourful light displayed in multiple different forms. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in, as long as you’re carrying a lantern!

Children under 10 need to be accompanied by an adult.  NO live flames are permitted – please use a battery operated light in your lantern.

We’ll post the starting point as soon as it is confirmed.  Please ensure that you arrive with plenty of time so that the parade can begin at 5.30pm

What can I expect at the main festival?

Everything!  We’ll have lights and lanterns, open fires, music and food.  There’ll be street performers and more.  The parade will wind it’s way through the streets of Mansfield and finish in the festival space.  Please note BYO alcohol is not permitted.


What else can I do during the weekend?

We’re updating the calendar as we go – with events and experiences from businesses in the Mansfield Shire.  Stay tuned!


The festival will go ahead regardless of the weather – unless it is unsafe to do so.  Please dress warmly and bring your umbrella if it looks like rain. Remember that Mansfield is located in the foothills of Mount Buller – we’re hoping there’ll be snow on the hills!

Stay up to date with alerts on the day via our Facebook and Instagram accounts.


We’re currently planning our live music program for the festival weekend.  Please check back for more information as we draw closer to the date.


Where can I park?

If you are staying in town, please consider walking to the festival from your accommodation.

If you need to drive, there is parking available along Highett Street and near the Botanic Gardens.  Please make sure you observe all parking signs and road closures to avoid fines.

What services are available for people with a disability?

The main festival on Saturday night is located on a hard, flat surface (road and carpark).  The area can become busy and crowded so we advise you to have someone with you to assist movement through the area. 

Additional events throughout the weekend will have their own access information.  Please contact the business provider directly.   

Can I get to the festival on public transport?

Yes – V/Line run a number of coach services to Mansfield from Melbourne.  For further information visit the V-Line website

COVID Safety

We’ll be updating our COVID safety protocols closer to the date to fit with the Government Event guidelines for June 2022.  Rest assured that we will be doing everything we can to ensure that you have a fantastic – and safe – experience.

Tickets will be required for registration for both the parade and the festival (free).  For notification of ticket release we recommend you sign up to our newsletter.


Mansfield has an enormous range of  accommodation options available – from high end luxury apartments to family friendly houses and caravan /camping sites and everything in between!  The Mansfield – Mt Buller Information Centre runs a booking service – you can jump online or call 03 5775 7000

Food & Drink

Can I bring my own food and drink?

As a fully licensed venue, strictly no alcohol can be brought into the festival area.

Can I buy food and drink at festival?

Absolutely – Mansfield Lantern Festival has teamed up with some of Mansfield Shire’s best food and beverage operators to serve up a delicious range of food during the festival.

I’m a Food / Drink vendor and would like to apply to have a site at the Mansfield Lantern Festival on Saturday night.

Opening soon – click here to complete our Food & Beverage Expression of Interest form.  Preference will be given to vendors currently operating within the Mansfield Shire.


Can I buy a lantern at the event?

Yes!  One of our festival partners will have handmade lanterns for sale.

Why can’t I use a candle in my lantern?  

Too many people and too high a risk for something to not go to plan.  If you have an open flame, you will be asked to put it out.  Bike lights make a great insert for your lantern.

Will you be running workshops so that I can make a lantern? 

Yes!  Keep an eye on our Events page for details on our workshops.



Can I bring my dog?

Pets of any kind are not permitted within the festival hub with the exception of guide dogs

Can I bring my camera?

Yes, you can – we’d love to see your photos.  If you share, please use the hashtag #mansfieldlanterns

Are there any ATMs close by?

Yes – in High Street there are 3 ATMs available.

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