Luminaria Night

December 18 (rain date December 25). Order your luminaria supplies here: (

Trinity Park and many downtown neighborhoods will celebrate the lighting of Luminaria – paper lanterns – this year on December 18 (December 25 is the rain date).  Typically, we celebrate Luminaria on the evening of the Sunday closest to the winter solstice. 

A luminaria kit includes a candle, a paper bag, and sand to hold the lantern in place. Place lanterns about 10 feet apart on the edge of your yard along the sidewalk and/or along your walkway, light them in the early evening, and stroll the streets to watch as they glow into the night. 

In Trinity Park, an interested neighbor organizes the event and raises funds for their favorite non-profit organization.  This year, the Emerson family is sponsoring the distribution of supplies to fundraise for their daughters’ Girl Scout troops.  The troops will use the funds for enrichment opportunities for all the girls in their troop and help fund their next major community project, their Silver Award.typically scheduled throughout Durham on a mid-December Sunday evening. Enjoy the beauty of this night of lights!

Preorder supplies now and the Emersons will deliver your supplies to you the week before the event.  Or, indicate on the form that you’d like to pick up your order, and we will make arrangements.

  • Order enough to space lanterns 10-15′ apart along the street.
  • Consider adding lanterns along the sidewalk to your front door.
  • Talk with your neighbors and coordinate with them to ensure a continuous stream of warm light up and down your block! 

It really is a stunning and special event in Trinity Park and throughout Durham! Thank you for supporting the Girl Scouts and making our neighborhood glow.