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The Lismore Lantern Parade is Lismore’s iconic signature event and is a tradition in the true sense of the word. The Community Lanterns Project celebrates 26 years of bringing light to the heart of Lismore city. The Community Lanterns Project provides opportunities for people to celebrate, have fun and express themselves in a creative way, while raising the profile of their local charities and community organisations, and the businesses supporting them.

2020 theme


This year the theme is “Bee the change….”  everything ‘beeish’ and their place in our environment, with the sub text ‘bees are the new canary in the mine.’


In recent times the bee been subjected to extreme threat from toxic chemicals, drought and more recently bushfire. Bees are essential within the ecosystems of our bushland and agriculture, and therefore life on this planet.


So, the festival this year celebrates the BEE – from bee lanterns made by school children, to workshops on how to support our bees under threat from drought and bushfire with workshops on bee friendly flowers and trees we can grow in our gardens and farms.

bee inspired and dress up

Join the parade in your favourite bee inspired costumes, from antennae and bees’ wings and brilliant beeish stripes, fairy lights, fabulous flowers, the lot!

about the project

During the day the event focuses in and around the Lismore Quadrangle and the adjacent Frederick Car Park. The parade itself will depart from the carpark and wend its way dancing through the heart of the city to our beautiful Riverside Park where we will come together to enjoy the Fiery Finale.


This year the Fiery Finale is a ticketed event, however up to 15 participants in the Community Lantern Project will receive free passes (wristbands) to the finale after they have walked in the parade. Extra wristbands and pyramid lanterns can be purchased at a discounted price, up to a maximum of 20 participants, more than 20 people must be by arrangement.


We look to the community to support us and become involved - an event where everyone can immerse themselves in the magic of our wonderful Lantern Parade.

how it works

Community groups or businesses nominate to participate in the parade by completing the registration form below. Once the booking has been confirmed the community group is responsible for carrying the LightnUp feature lantern/s.


Generally, each feature lantern requires up to 6 people to carry, with opportunity for another 9 people to join in the parade with small lanterns, musical instruments, fairy lights, and costumes to this year's theme ‘BEE the change ’ to add to the celebratory atmosphere.


If you are a Community group you can approach a business to sponsor you or nominate your group to carry a LightnUp lantern/s, or if you are a local business you can also nominate yourself or partner with a community group you would like to support.


We find a lantern that fits in with your organisation or you nominate your favourite lantern to carry. A placard bearing the name of the sponsor and/or the community group is carried in front of the lanterns, this will be provided by the Lantern Parade. Final numbers of participants in the group must be provided prior to the event and you will be provided with wristbands. The community lantern sponsors and organisations are acknowledged in the media, on the parade website and the dedicated Lantern Parade Facebook page.

how much it costs


The cost to participate is $412.50 (including $37.50 gst) which includes a feature lantern + 6 pyramid /diamond lanterns which you can decorate yourselves. Additional little lanterns can be purchased for $15 each, all little lanterns include LED candles. A tax invoice will be sent to you once your application has been approved.


If there is a reason to not be in the parade because of financial constraints, please contact Jyllie Jackson, Festival Director, to discuss.


Please note all parade participants, (up to 15 adult lanterneers) receive a wristband, which provides access to the ticketed area sitting in Riverside Park for the Fiery Finale.


If you do not want to stay for the Finale we will be organising some buses to take people back up to the Quad @$4 per person.


A special area will be made available for people with mobility issues, see the Registration Form.


Bring tarps or a cushion to sit on the ground and warm clothes. Camp chairs can be placed in the designated area.


There will be Charity stalls selling hot food and drinks at Riverside Park from 4.30pm.

more info

Jyllie Jackson

CEO / Festival Director
02 6622 6333 or 0412 732 102


If you would like to participate in this wonderful community event please complete the online registration below.


289 Keen Street, Lismore
NSW, Australia
+61 2 6622 6333

0412 732 102

ABN 12 605 767 294

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