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Light Up Eau Claire

December 31, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 1, 2018 @ 1:00 am

Join I-94’s Luc Anthony at “Light Up Eau Claire,” on Sunday, December 31st starting at 10 AM! Enjoy live music, fireworks and two lantern parades!


Anyone looking for a creative way to spend New Year’s Eve. This event is especially enjoyable for families with youngsters or anyone with a love for live music, creative collaborations and endless community vibes.


Light Up Eau Claire is a New Year’s Eve Celebration produced by Visit Eau Claire and sponsored by Royal Credit Union. This event includes live music, fireworks, two lantern parades and more. The Light Up Eau Claire BMO Harris Bank New Year’s Eve Gala is the elegant and festive party taking place in the middle of the action at The Lismore Hotel.

How the Lismore Lantern Parade Came to Be:

Jenny Dowell, former mayor of Lismore, Australia, Eau Claire’s sister city, paid a visit to Eau Claire to join in the celebration of the grand opening of The Lismore Hotel back in 2016. It was during that visit that she encouraged Eau Claire to bring a piece of Lismore culture to the city, explaining how each year Lismore celebrates the winter solstice with a lantern parade. While their winter solstice is in June, Eau Claire leaders decided it would be a perfect way to ring in the New Year.


Activities for youngsters start 10 AM with Noon-Year’s Eve at the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire. There will be a parade for young families, the Little Lantern Parade at 5 PM and live music throughout venues in downtown starting at 6 PM. Click here for a full schedule of events, including the Lismore Lantern Parade and fireworks.


It’s all happening in downtown Eau Claire. Visit Eau Claire’s Eau Claire-Stream will be parked in the Barstow Street Lot at the corner of Barstow Street and Grand Avenue. This will serve as the central hub for all things Light Up Eau Claire.

Enjoy live music at various downtown venues, participate in the Lismore Lantern Parade that travels down Barstow Street and Grand Avenue and ring in 2018 under a spectacular fireworks display that blasts off from the confluence at Phoenix Park. Enjoy the show from Rockin’ the Rooftop on the top level of the North Barstow Parking Ramp on Riverfront Terrace to get the full Light Up Eau Claire experience, complete with live entertainment from Irie Sol.


Light Up Eau Claire will be an evening full of surprises and celebrations: the unveiling of yet another ice sculpture by local artist Jason Anhorn, the debut of a larger-than-life commissioned lantern by the talented local, Pam Rindo, and the unforgettable fireworks-viewing experience, Rockin’ the Rooftop, which will take place on the top level of the North Barstow Parking Ramp on Riverfront Terrace.


Are you looking for an elegant and festive soiree to attend with friends? The BMO Harris Bank’s New Year’s Eve Gala is the place to be, with Bella Diva entertainment, a strolling dinner buffet and – of course – a dance floor.

Mark your calendar, because this is one New Year’s Eve party you won’t want to miss.


December 31, 2017 @ 10:00 am
January 1 @ 1:00 am


Visit Eau Claire


Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States + Google Map