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Asian Lantern Festival brings culture, light to Central Florida Zoo

11/17/2022

This year, every single lantern in Central Florida’s Asian Lantern Festival is brand-new.The handmade pieces coming straight from China not only showcase colorful art, but encourage visitors to learn the culture.

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Relive your childhood with Franklin Park Zoo’s Lantern Experience

10/11/2022

Franklin Park Zoo’s Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience brings back the wonder and amazement from childhood that many adults crave. The colorful displays and entertaining music provide the background for a perfect night walk with friends, a date or even alone time to clear the head.

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Chinese lantern festival returns to Milwaukee this fall

09/16/2022

Queen of Hearts included. Over 40 larger-than-life lanterns with the theme of “Adventure in Lantern Wonderland” will grace the gardens. Among them will be the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, an Illusion Tunnel, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts.

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Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival Guide

06/21/2022
 

After two years off due to the pandemic, Franklin Square will once again light up with giant, colorful sculptures of steel and silk. From the fan-favorite 200-foot-long dragon to ornate walk-through tunnels to a giant swimming whale, you can see over 30 all-new illuminated installations light up the square from June 21st through August 7th.

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Asian Lantern Festival to Return to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo July 6

06/06/2022
One of the area’s most popular events is set to return with the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announcing that the Asian Lantern Festival will begin on July 6. Advanced tickets are on sale now. This year’s event, which will run through August 21, will feature 1,000 illuminated lanterns that will light up the Zoo after dark, as well as some of its largest displays yet, including a 100-foot-long, four-story-tall palace, sprawling Chinese gardens along Waterfowl Lake and six giant walk-through lanterns. 
 

Boston Lights are Back to Illuminate Franklin Park Zoo

07/28/2022
 

This summer, visitors to Franklin Park Zoo will once again enjoy a memorable evening experience with hundreds of luminous, beautifully crafted large-scale lanterns when Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience, presented by National Grid, opens on July 22 for its third year.

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Ross Park Zoo Announces Illumination for Conservation Lantern Festival

07/14/2022

The event will feature more than 40 nature-inspired lantern sculptures and begins on August 3rd and run through October 16th. In addition to highlighting Ross Park Zoo’s conservation efforts, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to three conservation partners, the American Wolf Foundation, the Red Panda Network, and the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds.

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Dragon Lights Festival returning to Reno this Summer

06/01/2022
The Dragon Lights Festival is returning to Reno this summer with more than 40 new displays. The festival, which debuted at Reno in 2018 will be at Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Gardens within Rancho San Rafael Park for six weeks. 
 

NC Chinese Lantern Fest to Stay In Cary Through 2028

03/11/2022
Koka Booth Amphitheatre will continue to host the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival through 2028, the town of Cary announced Friday.
 

The festival has been held at the venue since 2015 and set an attendance record with 200,000 visitors in 2021. It is a partnership with lantern designer Tianyu Arts & Culture.

 

Dragon Lights Festival returns to Reno

06/01/2022
The Dragon Lights Festival, presented by Greater Nevada Credit Union, returns to Reno’s Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Gardens within Rancho San Rafael Park for six weeks. Beginning July 1 through August 12, the Festival will run every evening from 6-10:30 p.m.  
 

New Immersive Displays Coming to Buffalo Zoo this Summer 

05/08/2022
The Buffalo Zoo is bringing a brand-new immersive experience to Buffalo this summer. Zoomagination: The Festival of Lanterns and Lights presented by Five Star Bank will feature large-scale animal and nature scape lanterns in the interactive display. The display will be available every Thursday through Sunday starting June 2 to August 7 from 6:30-10:30 p.m.
 

40 giant lanterns shaped like animals light Blank Park Zoo’s Wild Lights Festival in April

03/09/2022
If you’re impressed by the oversized flamboyance of flamingos that have appeared at the entrance of Blank Park Zoo, just wait until you see them at night. The zoo plans to bring back its Wild Lights Festival with more than 40 larger-than-life, illuminated animal-shaped Asian lanterns. 
 

Wild Lights Festival returning to Blank Park Zoo

03/09/2022
Blank Park Zoo will again light up the evening sky with dozens of lifelike illuminated lanterns this spring. 
On Wednesday, zoo officials announced the return of the Wild Lights Festival for an extended run in 2022. The light show will be on display from April 1st until May 30th. The ‘Festival’ will take place nightly with dozens of massive animal-shaped lanterns being lit throughout the park. 

Wild Light nights return to the Louisville Zoo

02/01/2022

“Wild Lights” is one of the largest lantern festivals in the country. The exhibit is a 1.4 mile display of over 70 larger-than-life illuminated pieces of art. Over 50,000 LED lightbulbs light up 2,000 silk-covered pieces. Visitors to the Louisville Zoo will be see expert craftsmanship along with celebrating the rich heritage of the lantern artisans. Colorful peacocks, snakes and butterflies are just a few of the insects and animals featured in Wild Lights. Zoo guests will also become part of the fun at the exhibit by hopping on the moonlight swings or going inside an over-the-top kaleidoscope. 

See the Living Desert and Gardens ‘Glow’ during new nighttime event this spring

02/11/2022

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens will host a brand-new event this March. “Glow in the Park,” a nighttime event, will offer guests a whole new way to see the Coachella Valley’s only zoo.Organizers aim to make the park “come alive” with installations featuring animal and nature-focused lantern creations representing wild places from around the globe.Guests are invited to explore the lighted pathways, check out the intricate lanterns, snap photos and immerse themselves in all sorts of other displays at “Glow in the Park – A Spring Lantern Festival” from March 27 to April 29.
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The Living Desert Lights Up with a Spring Lantern Festival

02/18/2022 

For as long as I can remember my family and I have traded L.A. sun for Palm Springs sun when we wanted a change of pace, but not weather. Our desert neighbors, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and Joshua Tree are truly family friendly as they are just as fun with or without kids. But it took having kids for me to explore all the desert has to offer, like The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens located in Palm Desert. On March 27 The Living Desert is opening a brand-new illuminated experience, “Glow in the Park: A Spring Lantern Festival,” which will run nightly through April 29. 

09/30/2021

If you’ve driven past the Sedgwick County Zoo lately, you might have noticed that it’s glowing. A unique new exhibit called Wild Lights will open at the zoo at 6 p.m. on Friday. Constructed by a crew from China that’s been working on the installation since the beginning of September, the exhibit has filled the zoo with 47 glowing Asian lanterns, most of them larger than life.

09/16/2021

Time to start thinking about the holidays! Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo has announced the 2021-22 dates for WildLanterns, the new holiday light event that’s in its second year. It is a “a larger-than-life, immersive experience” in which the zoo is illuminated by large-scale animal and naturescape lanterns.

08/27/2021

Glowfari offers hundreds of gigantic, larger-than-life, glowing Chinese lanterns set up throughout the Oakland Zoo to thrill your family. It runs from November 12, 2021, through January 30, 2022. Advance ticket purchase is required. This family-friendly nighttime installation features hundreds of larger-than-life animal ‘lanterns’.

08/26/2021

This holiday season will see the return of the popular ‘Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild’ to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Sanford. From Nov. 19-Jan. 16, 2022, the Zoo’s environs will be illuminated by 30 massive, handcrafted lanterns, powered by thousands of LED lights.

07/06/2021

The North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival will return to Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre in November, the venue announced Tuesday. This is the fifth year the event will light up the amphitheatre for the holiday season. The festival was canceled last year due to COVID-19. There will be more than 20 new displays, each including thousands of LED lights. In addition to the displays, there will be nightly performances on the main stage.

05/06/2021

Some amazing new creatures will appear at Blank Park Zoo, but only after dark. The zoo’s Wild Lights Festival is happening this spring and it’s stunning. The event is inspired by traditional Chinese lantern festivals (which date back thousands of years to the Han Dynasty and are believed to have originated with Buddhist Monks) but it has a modern twist. It combines Asian culture, wildlife conservation, and the latest technology.

02/19/2021

Adopting a bright idea from other zoos around the country, Des Moines’ Blank Park Zoo will stage an Asian lantern festival–an event that has proven popular in 26 U.S. cities  The zoo announced plans for its Wild Lights Festival: a collaboration with MidAmerican Energy and Tianyu Arts & Culture Inc., the company that stages the events. The festival will bring more than 35 hand-crafted, illuminated animal-shaped Asian lanterns to the zoo . 

02/19/2021

Blank Park Zoo announced that its Wild Lights Festival will feature 35 massive handmade animal-shaped Asian lanterns. “This amazing festival is designed to wow you, and it’s unlike anything that has been in Iowa before,” Blank Park Zoo President and CEO Anne Shimerdia said in a news release. “Incredibly talented artisans design and fabricate lighted displays that incorporate Asian themes into a festival of light and culture.

08/19/2020

Seventy-two acres of Franklin Park Zoo in Boston will be lit up with hundreds of lanterns starting this week.

The event known as Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience starts Aug. 21 and lasts until Nov. 1.

08/07/2020

Experience the wonder of over 50 magnificent displays comprised of hundreds of beautifully crafted lanterns spanning Franklin Park Zoo’s 72 acres. The first of its kind in New England, our lantern experience will dazzle and delight guests of all ages!

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