8th Annual Albany Lantern Parade - Capital District Moms
The Albany Lantern Parade is Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 4:30pm. It is a simple celebration of light and community as people gather at sunset to walk with handmade lanterns in Washington Park. This event is free, accessible, and all are welcome.

Follow the Washington Park Conservancy on Facebook for more information.

There are a million ways that you can create a lantern at home with your child. Below is how I made a simple lantern with my son.

There are also Lantern Making Workshops coming up:
Pine Hills Branch/Albany Public Library on 10/25 from from 4pm-6pm – Click here to register.
Delaware Branch/Albany Public Library on 10/30 from 4:30pm-6pm – Click here to register.
Pick up a free lantern kit at the Bach Branch/Albany Public Library from 10/30-11/5 – Click here for details.


An empty soda bottle

Tissue Paper

1 Pipe Cleaner



Hole punch

1 Flameless Candle




  1. Cut the top off of the soda bottle
  2. Punch one hole on each side of the top of the soda bottle for the handle (the pipe cleaner)
  3. Attach the pipe cleaner for the handle by putting it through the holes and twisting it around the bottle
  4. Decorate the outside of soda bottle with tissue paper (use glue)
  5. Place the flameless candle in the lantern and have fun!

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