The next Hororata Glow Festival will be held 10th May 2025.


This is a magical festival with a huge range of entertainment and activities!
Gates open 3pm and the festival will run til 8pm. The balloons could perform anytime from 5pm.

Entertainment 2023

  • Walk inside a cold inflated hot air balloon 3.00pm – 5.00pm. Free activity. This was popular last event, arrive early so not miss out. If the weather allows this activity may resume after the night glow.
  • From 3pm – 5pm ride in the Noddy Train with Sammy’s Rust n Custom
  • Learn the Science behind the balloons’ with Canterbury University. Free activity.
  • Ballooning Canterbury’s interactive hot air ballooning area. Talk to the balloonists and get to see their baskets up close. Take your photo in The Breeze photobasket to go in the draw to win a flight for 4 people

  • UV Experience with the Egg Academy in the Interislander marquee. Face painting, Glow mural and more
  • Discover the night sky with the Canterbury Astronomical Society 

  • Mitre 10 Mega Warm Up zone – warm up and enter to win great prizes. Plus free balloon twisting for the kids!
  • Try Small Bore shooting with the Hororata Target Shooting Club in their rifle range

  • Heaps of games and activities for all in the Event Hire glowing fairground area, including a parents ‘chill-out zone’!
  • Glowing entertainers with TM Dance World, Lynx Flow, Airbourne Fire and more.
  • Fairy Tree and Garden. Come dance with the Fairies in their magic land

  • Enjoy the sampling food and wine in the Barn
  • Browse the stalls and stock your pantries for winter!
  • With a huge range of food at all price ranges, your taste buds are in for a treat. Click here to discover our stalls.

Colouring in Competition

Complete this fun colouring sheet of Buster the Balloon, bring it to the Interislander tent at the Hororata Glow Festival, and be in to win a $500 Interislander travel voucher! Plus other cool prizes for the winner of each age category. 

Click here to download

Pre order your Let’s Glow Crazy tee shirt!

These super cool tee shirts glow when charge by light. They are a limited edition and numbers will be limited. Make sure you don’t miss out and pre-order yours!

You can order by clicking the link below or when you order your tickets.


Live Music on The Breeze Stage

3pm  – Duncan Chisholm

Dunk has previously sung solo, in bands and ran big karaoke shows in the pubs of the north.

After pursuing other interests Dunk is now back doing what he loved best- solo with his guitar singing a good range of well-known country and soft rock songs.

Come sing a song with Dunk!

4.15pm – Bad Revivals

The new kids on the block! Bad Revivals is a up and coming band with three lads who love to rock!

Born and breed in the local area Bad Revivals are looking forward to getting the crowd dancing as we warm up for the Night Glow.


Made up of a tight-knit group of seasoned musicians who aim to infuse any event with a quality brand of fun fuelled energy & excitement that only an 11 piece band can bring. Their on stage synergy and engagement have seen the band invited to various events and festivals around the South Island and now they are coming to PLAY ACES, FILL SPACES & MELT FACES at the Glow Festival in Hororata!


*The Night Glow could happen anytime from 5pm, there is heaps happening in the lead up to this so we recommend arriving by 5pm to make sure you don’t miss anything. The balloons do not leave the ground at any point during the event. They will perform for 30 – 45 minutes.

If the balloons are unable to inflate due to wind or other weather they will perform a burner glow. The balloon walk through may be affected by the wind. All other activities will continue regardless of weather.

There are no refunds if the balloons cannot perform or the event is postponed to the 14th May.

Programme is subject to change.

More information

Click here for videos of past festivals and follow us on Facebook for updates.