Water Lights at Night

October 15, 2022 | Las Colonias Butterfly Pond | 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

This is our first ever Water Lights at Night event and we look forward to an evening that brings people together to enjoy good food and good company - culminating with glittering lights and glowing messages cast onto the water.  If you purchase lantern kits, they will be available for pick up the evening of the event.

Register for this exciting new event here!

Plain lanterns floating on water

History of water lanterns:

Water lanterns have been used in many different cultures for thousands of years.  Depending on the area of the world the meaning or symbolism of lanterns can be sending away disasters, welcoming happiness, guiding the souls of the departed, or remembering ancestors and loved ones.  The meaning of this event for you is what you want it to be.

Lantern decorating:

Your lantern kit will include a black marker.  Feel free to bring more colors to bring your creation to life!


Food trucks will be onsite.  If you prefer to pack a picnic you can do that as well.  Bring chairs and blankets to make yourself comfortable.

Lantern Launch:

Sunset will be at 6:35 p.m. and the lanterns will be launched on their magical water journey shortly after that.  Once the lanterns are launched the awe-inspiring sight will be for all to enjoy.

Lantern Retrieval:

Our staff will retrieve the lanterns and no trash will be left in the pond.  You are welcome to take your lantern and light home if you can locate it amongst all the others.  The lanterns are paper and the LED lights will be reused.  We cannot guarantee that your lantern will be returned to you.


Proceeds from this event will go to the Grand Valley Parks and Recreation Foundation. 

Schedule of Events

5:30 p.m. - Food trucks, music, lantern decorating
6:45 p.m. - All lanterns will be launched on the Butterfly Pond
8:00 p.m. - Lanterns will be retrieved, you make take it home if you can find it amongst the others

Costs to Participate

$6 per lantern kit: includes lantern, LED tea-light, and a marker
Save a few dollars by purchasing six lantern kits for $30
Purchase early! Lantern kit prices raise to $8 the day of the event
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