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Christchurch Lantern Festival - Important Information

To all CBD Residents and Businesses

We are very excited the Christchurch Lantern Festival is back in the Central City. The new site includes the Ōtākaro Avon River Precinct, Wilsons Car Park site on Worcester Street and Cathedral Square.
Due to the Wilsons Car Park site on Worcester Street being used for the festival, it will be unavailable for parking from 5th-14th March. Please check to find an alternative car park during this time.

Roads proposed to be closed:
5:00pm – 11:00pm on Saturday and Sunday only

Oxford Terrace
From Worcester Boulevard to Lichfield Street

Worcester Boulevard
From Cambridge Terrace to Chancery Lane

Cathedral Square
From Chancery Lane to Colombo Street

Strand Lane
From Hereford Street to Cathedral Square

Hereford Street
From Cambridge Terrace to Colombo Street

Event set-up and installation: 5th – 10th March 

There will an increase in traffic movement in these areas during the event pack-in process including the delivery of containers, porta cabins and event associated structures. Road closures may also apply. 
A stage structure and marquees will be erected in Cathedral Square on Friday 9th March, which may affect your ability to access certain areas of the Square and we apologise for the inconvenience in advance. 

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Event Dates: 10th – 11th March 

If you have visited the festival before you will know that it can be very busy and we are expecting large numbers of people visiting the event, which will run from 6pm until 10pm on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March. Food vendors will be located on Worcester St in the Wilsons Car Park area and in addition to the stage in Cathedral Square there will be a stage in the Ōtākaro Avon River Precinct. These will host both international and local cultural performances. 
If you are new to the Christchurch Lantern Festival, then you can expect to see the Central City at its vibrant best. There will be fantastic lanterns, all along and in the Ōtākaro Avon River Precinct (between Friendship Corner and Worcester St, as well as amazing food and entertainment. 
There will be road closures for the festival period to make it easier for attendees to access and walk around the event site, which will impact on vehicle movements. There will also be a number of streets that have no parking allowed. A number of road closures will be in place and a road closure map will be finalised the week before the event and can be found at 
Please plan any travel with this information in mind. 

Event pack-out 11th – 14th March 

We will endeavour to cause minimal disruption while we dismantle the site following the event, although there will be an increase in trucks and vans and road closures may apply. 

Lantern Festival 1

We hope you take the opportunity to enjoy the Christchurch Lantern Festival – a celebration of Chinese culture in the heart of our city. 

Please note, if you have any queries prior to or during the event during office hours, please contact ChristchurchNZ on 03 379 5575. 

If your query is out of hours please contact ChristchurchNZ Major Events Manager Richard Attwood on 027 512 8153.