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Accompany the night market on a journey through outstanding new lantern displays, immerse yourself in exciting games and competitions around the festival, watch in awe at the never before seen in Wellington cultural performances, explore the magical tunnel exhibition of local schools lanterns and tantalize your taste buds with delicious food from the very best food vendors in the North Island!

Expect to be dazzled by the many hundreds of handmade lanterns, as well as even more spectacular life-sized sculptured lanterns, including:

  • a five metre long dragon
  • three metre high peacock
  • two metre high panda
  • butterfly
  • a pig to celebrate the 2019 Chinese Year of the Pig
  • one meter high teddy bears
  • a six meter long fairy-tale themed horse and carriage
  • and even a kiwi!

Each lantern is custom-built by Chinese artisans and typically takes a month to complete.

Come and explore Wellington's favourite dining destination for food and culture hunters. It's where you go to experience the very best global street food and discover the hottest new food and flavours from anywhere and everywhere. Over 70 Wellington local food stalls will be serving up delicious treats all weekend.

Enjoy a rich multicultural experience by coming down to see stunning traditional and contemporary Asian culture performances from more than 150 artists. In 2019 there will be new performances never seen before in Wellington, from Auckland and all the way from Taiwan

Expect all your favourites and a few surprises too – dragon dances, lion dances, hip-hop, tap dancing, bollywood dancing, kapa haka, circus acts and much more – running across both days.

This year, 13 schools across the Wellington region have participated in over 150 lantern-making workshops and created over 2,500 handmade lanterns. These will be featured in an exhibition on nearby Dixon Street; vote for your favourite and for in to win one of two return flights from Wellington to Melbourne (T&C's apply).

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