Lantern Workshops
Lantern Workshops

Light Up Eau Claire
Lantern Workshops

Hic sunt dracones – here there be dragons!

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

Starting in December, Pablo Center at the Confluence and Visit Eau Claire will host a month of FREE, family-friendly lantern making workshops for artists of all ages. This year the lanterns will be bigger and better than ever; in addition to the traditional diamond shaped lanterns, we'll be hosting three workshops geared towards families, teens, and anyone interested in a more ambitious project!

The workshops culminate in a single parade for ALL the lanterns at 6pm on December 31 st, as the Dragons of the North light the way over the new bridge to Haymarket Plaza and the new Pablo Center. 

You can enter your lantern in our contest by registering your work here

Who:

Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend the lantern-making workshops! We especially recommend these workshops for families with young children who may need a little extra guidance to creating the perfect and one-of-a-kind New Year's Eve lantern. 

Where + When:

2018 Lantern Workshop Dates. All workshops are free. 

Date Location Time Type
Saturday, Dec. 1 Pablo- Jamf Theatre 12 pm - 4 pm Paper bag style
Friday, Dec. 7 Visit Eau Claire Experience Center 6 pm - 8 pm Lismore lanterns
Saturday, Dec. 8 Pablo- Lobby 1 pm - 4 pm For kids
Friday, Dec. 14 Visit Eau Claire Experience Center 6 pm - 8 pm Lismore lanterns
Saturday, Dec. 15 Pablo- Lobby 1 pm - 4 pm For kids
Saturday, Dec. 29 Pablo Riverfront Room-  register here 12 pm - 4 pm Large lanterns*
  Pablo- Lobby  12 pm - 4 pm For kids
Sunday, Dec. 30 Pablo Riverfront Room- register here 12 pm - 4 pm Large lanterns*
  Pablo- Lobby  12 pm - 4 pm For kids
Monday, Dec. 31 Pablo Riverfront Room- register here 11 am - 3 pm Large lanterns*
  Pablo- Lobby  12 pm - 4 pm For kids

*Registration is suggested for these events. 

Why:

Aside from contributing to a night full of celebration and lighting up our city, your lantern may be eligible for a cash prize!

And if you can't make it to a lantern workshop...

Get creative on your own time. Check out this tutorial video below to get the gist of how to create a basic lantern. Keep scrolling to draw some inspiration from the coolest lanterns from last year's parade. Let's light up Eau Claire in style!

       
 

        

How the Lismore Lantern Parade Came to Be

Jenny Dowell, former mayor of Lismore, Australia, Eau Claire’s sister city, paid a visit to Eau Claire to join in the celebration of the grand opening of The Lismore Hotel back in 2016. It was during that visit that she encouraged Eau Claire to bring a piece of Lismore culture to the city, explaining how each year Lismore celebrates the winter solstice with a lantern parade. While their winter solstice is in June, Eau Claire leaders decided it would be a perfect way to ring in the New Year.