Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo Brings First Chinese Lantern Experience to New England

Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience highlighted the Zoo’s mission to promote animal conservation.

66-foot Shark Tunnel at Boston Lights
The 66-foot Shark Tunnel at Boston Lights.

In 2020, we partnered with Zoo New England to launch the first-of-its-kind lantern festival in the New England area: Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience at Franklin Park Zoo, located in Boston, Mass. Originally scheduled for August 21 to October 30, 2020, it was extended for two more weeks due to popular demand. We used our limited staff to set up every one of the 60 lantern groups consisting of roughly 20,000 LED lights that spanned across the Zoo’s 72 acres. This outdoor experience featured favorites from prior festivals, including the 66-foot-long shark tunnel, the 197-foot-long dragon lantern, and a beautiful butterfly tree.

Tiger Lantern
A tiger lantern is a visual reminder about the importance of animal conservation.

We worked carefully with the Zoo to create a safe outdoor experience with appropriate COVID-19 protocols in place to guarantee visitors’ safety. This involved creating contactless, interactive lanterns that used sensors and stepping boards to activate displays, allowing for a socially distanced experience for everyone.

Visitors at Boston Lights
Visitors were able to enjoy Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience outdoors with social distancing.

We work with our venue partners so that our dazzling Chinese lanterns amplify their organizational missions. With that in mind, Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience featured a variety of lanterns that highlighted Zoo New England’s commitment to wildlife conservation and biodiversity, including special turtle and salamander lanterns. This allowed attendees the opportunity to learn more about the Zoo’s mission and commitment to conservation as well as how they can participate in wildlife and habitat preservation.

We hope you enjoyed this look at the making of Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc., Lantern Festivals. Contact us to see how we can bring engaging experiences to your next event.