Midwinter Lights is go! 

While this year's Midwinter Carnival is postponed until next year, we are excited to bring you Midwinter Lights instead. Midwinter Lights has been created to reconnect the community with the Midwinter Carnival through a series of small events in the city centre featuring giant lanterns, lantern making workshops and a large-scale projection. 

Midwinter Lights includes a lantern installation at the Meridian Mall throughout July as well as three days of lantern making workshops in the food court area. The projection event in the Octagon takes place on Saturday 11 July and features a compilation of video footage from the Midwinter Carnival “through the years”.

We are fortunate to have some great footage of the event since it started in the early 2000s and it is an opportunity to share that with the public and show how the event has changed and grown. The video footage will be projected onto the Municipal Chambers, lasting for approximately 20 minutes and continues on loop from 5.30pm-9pm. We look forward to seeing you there!


Midwinter Lights details: 

Giant Lantern Installation
Meridian Mall, 2-31 July  
Featuring stars, snowflakes, whale, seals, penguins and icebergs  
Star Lantern Making Workshops
Meridian Mall, 8, 11, 12 July, 10am-4pm  
Limited numbers. Free or $10 to take home *
Bookings for workshops here 
* Free if making lantern for Carnival Octagon decorations

Midwinter Projection
"The Carnival Through the Years"
Municipal Chambers, the Octagon
11 July, 5:30pm-9pm (12 July if wet)
* Approx 20 minute video on loop


2020 event postponed

This year's Midwinter Carnival was to be held in Dunedin, New Zealand, on Saturday 27th June. Due to Covid-19 this is no longer possible. The Carnival's board of trustees has now decided to postpone the event until June 2021. Some work will continue once conditions are safe. Rest assured we will be back next year with a wonderful community event to celebrate the seasons. Stay in touch with updates on our Facebook page.


Photos and a beautiful video of last year's event can be found on the Midwinter Carnival Facebook page.


A parade in the city's heart:

The Midwinter Carnival is an annual event which celebrates our local seasons. It takes place on the Saturday closest to the Winter Solstice (longest night of the year) in Dunedin's Octagon. The event starts at 5:00pm, at which time a live band, local foodstalls, a merry-go-round and other entertainment will be present. At 6pm the Carnival Procession starts. The procession involves approximately 1000 people, including local families who have made their own lanterns at our workshops, giant lanterns, stilt-walkers, dancers, drummers and more! Following the procession there is a fireworks display and more music and food. This is a donation-entry event. Come along and enjoy! 


Indoor Lantern Installations 

We have held several indoor installations over the last couple of years and they have been hugely popular with the public. It's great to be surrounded by these beautiful lanterns, often in a heritage building, with low lighting, smokey atmosphere, original soundtrack and live performance.

Our most recent event was called Summer Lights and held in an historic waterfront warehouse. In 2018 we presented a special display in the Athenaeum building in the Octagon for the Ed Sheeran weekend, attracting 7000 people. Prior to that were two other events which you can see the footage of below.
See the Mid-Summer Lights video here
See the Spring Lights video here.