Carnival FAQ's

When is the next event?
Friday 8 July & Saturday 9 July 2022

What is the Dunedin Midwinter Carnival all about?
It is a community celebration of the beauty of winter showcasing stunning hand crafted lanterns, projections, dance and music in Dunedin’s city centre. Our aim is to create celebrations that are relevant to our local community, environment and culture.

What happens, what’s the schedule?
Some exciting changes will be made in 2022 – to be announced soon.

Is there an admission fee?
Yes, there will be a modest charge per person. This event is not run by the Dunedin City Council. It is run by Dunedin Midwinter Celebrations a small nonprofit charity that works hard to raise enough funds to produce the event each year. Funders do not meet all costs.

Will the roads be closed?
Yes, there will be some road closures. More details closer to the event.

What if the weather is bad?
Traditionally, Sunday, is the postponement day. Light rain or showers will not stop us.

When will you make the weather decision and how can I find out?
This is normally made 24 hours in advance and posted on the Midwinter Carnival Facebook page and our website. The Breeze and other Mediaworks radio stations will broadcast updates on the day.

When and where are the Lantern Making Workshops?
These are held on the four weekends leading up to the Carnival date at various community venues. More information can be found on the workshops page of the website.

Where and when can I book into a workshop and how much does it cost?
A link will be posted to the workshops page. This will take you to an online booking form. The link will go live on 1 May 2022. There is a cost of $10 per lantern.

Who can go to a lantern workshop?
These are aimed at families and children but anyone can attend as long as you are available to carry your lantern in the Carnival Procession. We do not take group bookings and we are not available to take one-off workshops in the lead up to the Carnival event.

Who makes the giant lanterns and costumes?
The Carnival Art Team. This is a talented bunch of artists, sewers, prop makers and choreographers who spend months creating beautiful new artworks and costumes and performances.

What’s this year’s theme?
To be announced

How can I get involved?
We love volunteers! In fact we couldn’t run the event without them. We need over 100 volunteers each year to help run the event. See our volunteer page for more information on the different roles and to sign up. Our Volunteer Coordinator can be contacted on

Who runs the event and who funds it?
The event is run by a registered charity called Dunedin Midwinter Celebrations. There is a board of trustees who provide governance in a voluntary capacity. The event is primarily funded by the Dunedin City Council with the generous support of a range of other funders and businesses. Please see our funders and sponsors page for more information.