Lantern Walk (June)
Spielwelt families (past and present) are invited to join us for the
Traditional German Lantern Walk
Sunday 18 June, 2017
4:30pm to 6:30pm
NEW LOCATION: Turner Scout Hall, in Haig Park
Sausages, soups, Saint Martin's Broetchen, traditional Gluehwein, Kindergluehwein will be available for a gold coin donation each. (BYO mug.)
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.
Dress warmly! Spielwelt families (past and present) are all invited!
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!
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. (See the FAQ about lantern sticks.)
There may be extra lanterns and sticks available on the night. Batteries may also be available for a small fee. Ask at the lantern station on the night!
Want to know more about the Lantern Walk?
Read about the history of the Lantern Walk in Germany.
On our lantern walks, we like to sing four of the traditional songs. You can click on the links below to see the lyrics.
Thanks to an ACT Multicultural Grant, we are able to loan out song books with these songs in, for the lantern walk each year.
Thanks also to the German Embassy Canberra for their support of this event in past years.
Laterne, Laterne, Sonne, Mond und Sterne.... Viel Spass!!!
UPDATE: 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.
Boots are highly recommended, as the grass is often wet. 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 you used to organise: 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 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!
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!