Lantern Parade & Workshops

Lantern Festival - Celebration of Light!

Each year, the Town of Canmore hosts a Lantern Festival involving Lantern Making Workshops throughout the months of December and January, in the lead up to the Annual Lantern Parade. The Lantern Parade will be held on February 13, 2014  at 5:30 p.m. which also coincides with the Opening of the Kids' Art Exhibition.




2015 LANTERN PARADE - Friday, February 13 @ 5:30pm at the Elevation Place Plaza

Bring your lanterns from previous years or the new ones you have just made in our FREE workshops and join in the parade!


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Photo by Pam Doyle Photo by Craig Douce


Please contact Helen Cretu on 403 678 1546 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information.

The 2012 Lantern Parade on January 6th saw over 200 people venture out of their homes to join in the procession through Canmore's trails, handmade lanterns lighting the way. To add to the atmosphere and excitement of the evening, there were drummers playing from One World Drumming, Jugglers Peter Nichol & Michelle Preston, and Fire Twirler Moya Kelly. The Parade was led by Lady Winter - Julie Ryan. Hot chocolate and cookies were there to greet everyone in the Canmore Public Library parking lot as they returned from the enchanting wintery walk.

Photo by Pam Doyle



Photo by Pam Doyle


LANTERN WORKSHOPS  for December 2014/January 2015:

Pre Registration is required, call Helen Cretu at 403 678 1546 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Limited spaces available. All materials supplied. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Open to all ages and abilities.



Tuesdays: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

2014 - December 2, 9 & 16

2015 - January 6, 13, 20



Sundays: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

2014 - December 7 & 14

2015 - January 4, 11, 18



Thursdays 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

2014 - December 4, 11 & 18

2015 - January 8, 15 & 22










2009 Lantern Festival 2008 Lantern Festival
Filmed & edited by Michael Grant Filmed & edited by Martin Lenes and Michael Grant





TIPS AND TRICKS for carrying your lantern:

1. Either use a stick from the woods or a ski pole or a bamboo garden stick to carry your lantern above your head for everyone to see. Fasten your lantern to the stick/pole with wire, or make a hook at the end of the stick/pole, or use a carabeener to join the two.

2. To prevent your candle from blowing out during the procession, you can place a headlamp, small flashlight, battery operated tea light, bike light, or glow sticks inside instead.



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