The free, family-focused event was held in the Garden of Tane, and featured installments from local artists, as well as live music and food trucks.
Art installments included work from local school students and members of Akaroa Playcentre.
Akaroa Area School Principal Raymond Bygate, leading his band Ray and the Forest Friends, and local teacher Denis Brittenden, were two of the music acts that performed during the evening.
Akaroa District Promotions executive officer Hollie Hollander said about 1500 visitors walked through the historic reserve's gates, surpassing anticipated numbers.
People followed trails of light along the paths to various mini exhibitions spread throughout the garden from 6pm until 10pm.