Winter Solstice Lantern Festival 2017 brings huge Labyrinths of Light to Vancouver

Dec 2 2017, 3:59 am

Two huge Labyrinths of Light are being set up in Vancouver to celebrate December 21 – also known as the Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year.

The labyrinths come care of the Secret Lantern Society, which is marking the day with a series of celebrations throughout the city.

For the 24th year in a row, there will be lanterns, fire, singing, and dancing, beginning at 6 pm with processions in Yaletown, Granville Island, Strathcona, and Chinatown.

Labyrinths of Light, each made up of more than 600 pure beeswax candles, will be set up at Performance Works on Granville Island and Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown.

Organizers invite you to warm yourself in “a self-guided ceremony intended to help release old attachments and envision new possibilities.”

The general event is free, but small donations are encouraged to keep the Secret Lantern Society up and running for years to come.

Timed tickets for the Labyrinths of Light will be $8 each; children under 13 years old go free. Advance online ticket sales end December 20, midnight.

Winter Solstice Lantern Festival 2017

When: Thursday, December 21, 2017

Time: Procession starts at 6 pm


  • Yaletown – procession starts at Gathering Place Community Centre – 609 Helmcken St, Vancouver
  • Granville Island – procession starts at H.R. MacMillan Space Centre – 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver
  • Chinatown and Strathcona – details TBC

Tickets: General admission free, with $5 donation gratefully accepted; Labyrinth of Lights tickets available online, $8, with kids under 13 going free.

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