Winter Solstice Lantern Walk at NC Museum of Art

Make your own lantern and join the procession for a peaceful celebration
Photo courtesy of Hillsborough Arts Council

In time the annual winter solstice will be here again. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, Dec. 21, the shortest day of the year and beginning of winter for the Northern Hemisphere. This day signifies the start of the season and the magic it brings with it. To celebrate the occasion the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) will be hosting a Winter Solstice Lantern Walk for the first time on Saturday, Dec. 18 from 5-7pm. It’s free to public and all are welcome to attend (except pets).


Photo courtesy of Hillsborough Arts Council

What to Expect

At 5pm events kick off at the Ellipse, part of the outdoor Museum Park. Between 5 and 6pm, make your own lantern with the Museum. Of course, you can opt to bring your own homemade one, but make sure it has no flames. By the time 6pm rolls around, the procession will begin from the Ellipse and wind its way through the Museum Park. Remember to bundle up for the nearly one mile walk outdoors, it could be a little chilly. The community-driven celebration gained inspiration from the Hillsborough Arts Council’s annual Solstice Lantern Walk. If you are interested in that one, it’s happening on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 5:45pm.


Photo courtesy of Hillsborough Arts Council

Ideas for Your Homemade Lantern

As stated above, you can make a lantern with the Museum, but if you are feeling creative you can also make your own. Here are some ideas, tips, and recommendations on your homemade lantern:

  • Use white paper and materials.
  • Don’t use candles or flames to light your lantern, instead use white battery-operated string or LED lights.
  • Be creative! Design something unique or purchase a pre-made paper lantern and make it your own.
  • Add bells and chimes to your lantern to bring soft music into the quiet and peaceful night.
  • Have fun!
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