Lantern Walk

Spielwelt families (past and present) are invited to join us for the

Traditional German Lantern Walk, from the Turner Scout Hall in Haig Park.

Saturday 17 June 2023
4:30pm to 6:30pm*
*  or until 8:30pm, for those who wish to stay later for the After Party!  All welcome!

There will be German sausages for sale (with sauerkraut)!

Delicious soups, Saint Martin’s Broetchen, traditional Gluehwein and Kindergluehwein will also available for a gold coin donation each.

Please note that many of these food items are only available because volunteers cook or bake them.  Please bring a dish or plate to share.  Suggestions include cake, cookies, savoury finger foods, crudite & dips, etc.

Some years, there is a short traditional play about Saint Martin and his involvement in the origins of the Lantern Walk in Europe.

Song books provided on loan for the evening.  Or learn the songs before-hand at home.

Dress warmly, and wear good footwear as the grass can be wet.

The children from the German playgroups, and the German Australian Playschool, and Pfadfinder Scout group will be thrilled to be there with the lanterns they have crafted in their programs with us.

This is a community event – created for our members by our members.  You can see where we need your help and sign up for a volunteer role here. We’re grateful for your contribution – thank you!

The lantern walk has been very kindly supported by the ACT Government’s Multicultural Grants program – funding has been provided to help us make the event more environmentally responsible and sustainable.

This is totally worth the “late” night for kiddies!

Spielwelt provides lantern sticks to its members. The children will be able to keep their lanterns, of course; or you can certainly fix up your own sticks and lights. We’d just like the Spielwelt sticks back, please, to reuse each year.

There may be extra lanterns and sticks available on the night.   Ask at the lantern station on the night!

If you can’t make it to our lantern walk (or want to practice at home), here are our tips on how you can host your own lantern walk at home, and bake your own Sankt Martins Rolls!

The Canberra weather forecast can be checked before-hand. In the case of wet weather, we may decide to cancel the event, in which case, we will post that information here.

Looking forward to it!  See you there!

Feedback from one of our members about the Lantern Walk:

Here I am living back in Germany now, after living in Canberra for years.  I was walking home last night and stumbled across a lantern walk exactly like the one Spielwelt organises: Glühwein, Suppe, lots and lots of kids with lanterns, torches, even a saxophone – and they even had a horse –  and they were about to start a Saint Martin play. I giggled to myself because this German gathering actually reminded me of Australia. It felt so German with Spielwelt in Canberra, that seeing a German tradition here in Germany made me homesick for Australia. Well done, Spielwelt!

Lantern Walk Songs

Lanterns, sticks, candles

About the Lantern Walk

Host your own Lantern Walk