Lantern Parade

Lantern Parade

New Year’s Eve 2018 comes alive as the lanterns of the third annual Light Up Eau Clare Parade wind their way through downtown.

Dragons of the North

This year’s theme is Dragons of the North, a winged, weird and wonderful celebration of the magical and the mysterious. These legendary creatures lurk on the outer limits of the map, on the edge between the known and the unknown -- who better then than dragons to mark the coming of a new year, with all its power and possibility? And who better than the people of Eau Claire to bring these dragons to life?

Where to Meet

Lineup begins at 5:30 P.M. at the Visit Eau Claire Experience Center and we will start the parade at 6 P.M. sharp. 

Parade Route

The parade will start at the intersection of Graham Avenue and Gibson Street at the Visit Eau Claire Experience Center. We will walk South on Graham Avenue, then head East on Gray Street, turn North on Barstow and lastly, head West on Eau Claire Street. We'll end at the Pablo Center at the Confluence main entrance. 

Lantern Workshops

Need to make your lantern? Check out these lantern workshops. Or you can purchase one in Visit Eau Claire's Experience Center before the parade starts. 


Does your lantern have what it takes to win it all?

Adult lantern judging categories include: 

  • Largest Lantern
  • Most Colorful Lantern
  • Best Automation/Movement
  • Best Group/Team Lantern

All registered children's (12 and younger) lanterns will be entered in a drawing to determine the winner.

To register your lantern, click here

Light Up Eau Claire 2018 Lantern