Horoata Night Glow Saturday 18th May 2019

Postponement Sunday 19th May 2019

Gates open 3pm click here for programme

2019 Tickets:

Discounted early bird tickets on sale now until 11.55pm Friday 17th May.

You can purchase tickets online after the discounted sales ends at gate price of $20 + $.50 credit card fee until 2pm Saturday 18th May.

Click here to purchase.


All early bird ticket purchasers will go in the draw to win a balloon flight with Ballooning Canterbury for you and three friends. Conditions apply.


Postponement date: Sunday 19th May. Please note balloons are subject to weather. If the event is postponed to Sunday the 19th May the festival will run regardless of weather.
No refunds will be given if the event is postponed or if the balloons are unable to perform.

Gate Sales: $20 per person, cash only at the gate.

16 years and under free with a parent or guardian.

Subject to availability.

New for 2019 – a firework show to finish off what is sure to be a wonderful autumn evening.

Click here to download a site map

The Hororata Night Glow celebrates all things hot air balloons. Leading up to the ‘Glow’ visitors can walk through a cold inflated balloon or meet the pilots and experience the burners firing up close. The University of Canterbury will be running interactive demonstrations exploring Bernoulli’s principle and the science behind hot air balloons, they will also release a weather balloon with live telemetry feeding back to the event.

Surrounding the balloon action visitors will enjoy an autumn festival with gourmet food, wine and craft beer tastings, live music from Chilton House and The Sound Sensation. There will be a huge range of food vendors offering a multicultural culinary experience.  Kids can join in the ‘Glow Circus’ learning how to juggle and have a go at other amazing acts for free. The fairground will have even more activities this year with something for all ages.

Click here for entertainment details.

Please note: No dogs, no BYO alcohol, no glass, we will be conducting bag searches at the gate. We have a huge selection of food vendors at the event however you are welcome to bring a picnic. There will be two licenced bars at the event.  Click here for more FAQ’s.

This event is brought to you by the Hororata Community Trust, the same community which brings you the Hororata Highland Games. All profits from this event will benefit our community.

*excludes $0.41 cents credit card fee. 

All ticket purchasers (either prior to or at the event) are subject to the Hororata Community Trust Ticketing terms and conditions.