As the days grow shorter and the sun sets earlier, the public is invited to light up the night at Raritan Headwaters Association’s annual Lantern Walk on Sunday, Nov. 10, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve at 2121 Larger Cross Road.

In an event that’s quickly becoming a Somerset Hills tradition, families celebrate the season with an evening parade through the meadows of Fairview Farm with colorful illuminated paper lanterns.

“Our Lantern Walk is based on the historic European festival of ‘Lanternenlaufen’, which celebrates the end of the agricultural year and the beginning of the harvest,” said Cindy Ehrenclou, RHA’s executive director. “It’s a magical experience, carrying these beautiful, glowing lanterns into the night and warming up afterward by the fire.”

The event starts at 4 p.m., with the first walk – recommended for families with young children – beginning at 5 p.m. The second walk starts at 6 p.m. and is best for adults. Hot cider, snacks and music will be provided.

Admission price is $25 for adults and $12 for children. Each adult ticket includes a lantern complete with a battery-operated light. Additional lanterns will be available for purchase on site.

Advance registration is required due to limited capacity. Register here.

Rain Date: Sunday, November 17

About Raritan Headwaters

Raritan Headwaters, a nonprofit conservation organization has been working since 1959 to protect, preserve and improve water quality and other natural resources of the Raritan River headwaters region through science, education, advocacy, land preservation and stewardship. RHA’s 470-square-mile region provides clean drinking water to 300,000 residents of 38 municipalities in Somerset, Hunterdon and Morris counties and beyond to some 1.5 million homes and businesses in New Jersey’s densely populated urban areas.

To learn more about Raritan Headwaters and its programs, please visit or call 908-234-1852.