Illuminate the night in a sea of blue light as part of a procession of dozens of awe-inspiring handmade lanterns floating through Morningside Park to Columbia’s campus.


8th Annual
Morningside Lights:

Procession: September 21, 2019 at 8 PM
Morningside Park
Free; No tickets required

Procession Image

As part of Columbia University’s 2019 Year of Water, Morningside Lights returns with the theme Island, featuring 50+ community-built lanterns, each one a unique, personal reflection on idyllic solitude or urgent interdependency, rising tides or vanishing landscapes, utopias or dystopias, abundance or scarcity.

Join us on the evening of September 21 after dusk to witness the chain of glowing islands that sets forth through the darkness—a shared vision to remind us that, in the end, none of us is an island.

Be a part of creating the magic of Morningside Lights by joining us for a free lantern building workshop in the week leading up to the procession.

Morningside Lights Procession


Learn more about this year’s theme: Island.


Build a Lantern

Build a lantern

Sign up for a free lantern building workshop and create the magic of Morningside Lights.