The Solstice Lantern Walk is an annual event that will take place on the Riverwalk in Hillsborough on Saturday, December 21st, 2019, at 5:45 p.m.
The rain date is December 22nd.
This is a silent walk, marking the beginning of the lengthening of daylight. Participants will carry handmade white lanterns lit with an LED light (no flames allowed.)
It’s free to participate in the lantern walk, but you need to register in advance, to help with planning.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., all participants must enter the Riverwalk from the Farmer’s Market Pavilion, 144 E. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough. All other entrances will be closed. The 30-minute walk will begin a 5:45 p.m.
SPECTATORS: If you want to be a spectator, the recommendation is to watch from the Eno Parking Deck (behind Weaver Street Market). Only individuals with lanterns will be allowed to enter the Riverwalk.
Visit the Lantern Walk website (link above) to learn much more about the event, as well as instructions on creating the lantern.
The lanterns must be white, and lights should be white too. (No flames!) Bells and chimes may be added. You can spray clear aerosol lacquer to help protect your lantern from the elements.
You can buy a Take and Make Lantern Kit for $5 at Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery and Gift Shop, 102 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough.
The Winter Solstice marks the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. The Solstice Lantern Walk is a non-denominational celebration of the days slowly getting longer.
It has no association with other winter holidays.
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