Mansfield Lantern Festival on Saturday
COUNCIL is partnering with Walker Events to present the fourth Mansfield Lantern Festival on Saturday, June 23.
The festival is a celebration of the Winter Solstice which falls on the Saturday night closest to the winter equinox, marking the longest night of the year, and the turning point towards spring.
Held in Erril Street, Mansfield from 5pm, this free community event embraces the crisp cold winter with open fires, hot chocolate, belly warming fare, fancy cocktails, roving entertainment and music.
“It’s wonderful to see all ages in our community enjoying the various components of this event, whether it be the lantern parade, open fires or the delicious food and beverage offerings provided by our local businesses,” Mayor Paul Volkering said.
“It really is a great way to turn winter coldness into family friendly fun.”
Allison Walker from Walker Events is very pleased with how the Mansfield Lantern Festival event has grown in just a few short years.
“The first festival was held in 2015 and it was clear by the number of attendees that this was an event that appealed to a lot of people,” she said.
“Last year the event moved to the newly renovated Erril Street which was decorated with festoon lights, various lanterns and a big open fire.
“The attendees gave the new location a big thumbs up, so this year we will build on that success by adding further improvements that will make the event more enjoyable.”
One of the highlights of the evening will be the lantern parade, where the magic of light and colour is displayed in various forms.
The parade is open to anyone who would like to take part - as long as you are carrying a lantern.
“This is a must do event for the entire family, so rug up and we look forward to seeing you there,” Ms Walker said.
FIRE IN THE SKY: Mansfield will be lit up this weekend with lanterns.