Get Involved

Light Nelson is for the whole community – everyone is encouraged to get involved by coming along to enjoy the spectacle, helping with a community project, submitting a proposal for an installation or volunteering to help at the event itself.


Artists applications for the 2020 Light Nelson event are now open. Click here to find out more: Artist Submissions


The Luminaries are a pivotal group who together provide significant support to the Light Nelson Trust to help us stage this event – and very importantly – keep it free.
While we have great support from the Nelson City Council, funding agencies and corporate sponsors, we know there other people and small businesses who would love to show their support.

Benefits for Luminaries who donate more than $500 include:

  • An invitation for up to two people to the launch event
  • Light Nelson Enews to keep up with developments
  • A mention in full credit listings on our website (if desired)
  • A family or guest pass for the special preview event on Thursday 2 July.

To find out more about becoming a Light Nelson Luminary please contact our Sponsorship & Partnership Manager Michelle McCree on   P: 021 122 6179 or E: [email protected]


Light Nelson is proud (and grateful!) to have gathered the support of some of Nelson’s key organisations and industries. There is always room for new sponsors and we welcome the opportunity to discuss ways we might work together to benefit your business and to enhance Light Nelson. Find out more about our family of sponsors here or contact us at [email protected]


Put yourself in the light and be part of this fantastic community event!

From crowd control to face painting, staging Light Nelson and keeping it free and safe takes a few hours from people like you – our wonderful volunteers.

This year Light Nelson will run over five nights from 3 - 7 July, open to the public from 5.30 – 9.30pm each evening.

It’s a great event to be part of! Sure you need to rug up, but your reward is in the wonderful comments from our audience…and the shining eyes of little kids in their pyjamas who are laying down lifetime memories of the very special community they grew up in.

To spread the load we require over 100 volunteers for the event, each ideally committing to 2 or 3 shifts over the five nights. Each shift will be just 2.5 hours as we will rotate helpers over a spilt shift schedule.

Please fill in the volunteer information and we’ll be back to you prior to the event with details of this year’s registration and briefing sessions.

Volunteers at Light Nelson Festival


  • Please tick your preferred days
  • Please choose the Early or the Late shift.
  • (tick as many as you like):
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