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Lantern Walk

Celebrate Chinese New Year in 2018 with an evening walk carrying Chinese lanterns around the harbour foreshore to Light up Newcastle.

Lanterns will be for sale from 4-8pm at harbourside locations to be released soon

You can buy your lantern at Nobbys Lighthouse and join the Hunter School of Performing Arts marching band on a walk to Honeysuckle that leaves Nobbys at 5.00pm.

Or buy a lantern from the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club and walk with the Marching Koalas to Honeysuckle from the Figtree Park at Wickham at 5.30pm.

The lantern walks will converge on the Maritime Centre in Harbour Square at Honeysuckle for a short official ceremony and lion dancing at 7pm.

Or you can buy a lantern at one of the stalls along the harbour walk and around the Honeysuckle Precinct

As people walk with lighted lanterns at sun set we hope this will form a snake along the waterfront of Newcastle harbour and “Light up Newcastle”.

Lanterns can be pre-purchased (no credit card facilities) during January and February from The Seafarers Centre at Wickham.

Official Opening Ceremony

A short official ceremony will be held in the Honeysuckle precinct at 7pm involving dignitaries and sponsors. VIPs and Sponsors will be involved in the ceremonial eye-doting ceremony to wake up the Lion dancers to herald in good luck for the New Year.

Entertainment & Other Activities

Around the Honeysuckle Precinct you will find Chinese lion dancers, dragons, dancers, musicians, singers, marching bands, choirs and much more to entertain you. Timetable will be released soon.

The Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club yachts and boats will sail past between 7-8pm and carry lanterns to form a channel of boats to “Light up Newcastle” from the harbour. The local tugs and ferry will also carry lanterns and the tugs will perform a water ballet around 6pm.

The Fort Scratchley Museum guns will be fire again at 9pm to mark the conclusion of the event with fireworks.

Note: In extreme weather conditions the fireworks will be cancelled due to safety concerns. Cancellation of the event will be notified to local radio stations as soon as possible and listed on this website.

The cost of the hand held lanterns & plush puppy dogs are:

  • LANTERNS – $10
  • DOGS- $10

Cash sales only. No credit card facilities are available.

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