Carnival FAQ's

When is this year’s event?
Friday 8 July & Saturday 9 July 2022 at First Church and surrounding roads in Dunedin city.

What are the main changes this year?
We’ve gone from one night to two nights. We’ve shifted from the Octagon to the First Church area on Moray Place. We’re presenting lantern installations, projections and live performance rather than a street parade.

What’s happening when, what’s the schedule?
A full programme will be released prior to the event. The event starts at 6pm and runs until 10pm on Friday night and 11pm on Saturday night. This is an installation and performance event – there will be lots happening whenever you attend.

Is there an admission fee?
There is a $5 charge per person (under three years are free). This is required to cover event expenses, to pay artists and performers and to cover the cost of our lantern storage. See ticketing options on our ticketing page.

Is there a Pay-it-Forward option?
Yes, we are partnering with social service agencies to distribute free tickets to families who may need support to attend. More info and a link to the Pay-it-forward ticket is on our ticketing page.

Will the roads be closed?
Yes, there will be some road closures on the First Church section of Moray Place on both days of the event.

What if the weather is bad?
We will be going ahead! Though poor weather may affect some aspects of the programme much of the event will be able to proceed. There will be no refunds of tickets so bring an umbrella or coat if need be.

When and where are the Lantern Making Workshops?
These are held on the four weekends leading up to the Carnival at the Meridian Mall. Dates are 11-12 June, 18-19 June, 25-26 June & 2-3 July. 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?
Bookings are open and there is a link on the workshops page. This will take you to an online booking form. There is a cost of $10 per lantern.

Is there a lantern procession this year?

There will be three smaller processions at scheduled times across the event. These times are 7, 730 and 8pm. All those who made a lantern at the workshops are invited to participate within the processions and would have booked which procession at the workshop they attended.

Do I get free entry to the Carnival if I am in the lantern procession?

Yes, if you made a lantern and are in one of the processions. Your lantern is your ticket. Only those who made lanterns and are in the procession get free entry. If you are just accompanying your child you will need to purchase a ticket. Tickets are available via our ticketing page, gate sales will be strictly limited so we recommend pre-purchase to guarantee your entry.

Who makes the giant lanterns and costumes at the main event?
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. We also work with many artists, performers and cultural groups in the wider community.

What’s this year’s theme?
Islands of Light. Installations of lanterns around the First Church area will be like islands of light. The theme also reflects the aims of the event to shine a light of hope in the middle of winter.

How can I get involved?
We love volunteers! In fact we couldn’t run the event without them. We need dozens of 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

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. See our About page for more.

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.