In the spirit of Eau Claire's annual Light Up Eau Claire New Year's Eve celebration, Visit Eau Claire and Pablo Center at the Confluence are hosting family-friendly lantern workshops for artists of all ages through December. 

These free events will allow guests to create their own lanterns from a variety of designs and themes, including workshops geared toward families, teens and others interested in "a more ambitious project," according to a news release from Visit Eau Claire. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lanterns back at 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 for the Lismore Lantern Parade in downtown Eau Claire, where all guests can walk with their creations alongside this year's commissioned lantern, Dragon of the North. 

Dragon of the North was created by local artist Pam Rindo, who also created last year's larger-than-life lantern, Lumiere Claire. 

Lantern-making workshops will be held: 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 7 and 14; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 8 and 15; four sessions from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 29 and 30; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or noon to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31. All workshops take place at Pablo Center at the Confluence, 128 Graham Ave.

Registration is free and should be done at