North Carolina December 21, 2017
The Mesmerizing Chinese Lantern Festival In North Carolina You Simply Must See
If you have family in town for the holidays, you might be looking for something unique to do besides the typical driving around to look at Christmas lights. While Christmas lights are always mesmerizing, there’s a whole other way to light up the night and that’s Chinese lanterns. The annual Chinese Lantern Festival at Cary’s Booth Amphitheater treats you to a spectacle show.
The annual event illuminates Cary's Booth Amphitheater with a wide-array of hand-crafted Chinese lanterns that range from a dizzying array of overhead lanterns to intricate displays reflecting stories of place and time.
Each year features new displays to marvel. From elaborate, glowing gardens, to quirky Chinese-themed setups and even a few nods to the holiday season with Santa, Christmas trees and reindeer in tow.
Of course, some old favorites are continuous each year, including the Chinese Dragon on Symphony Lake. Year after year the Dragon has become a favorite for photographers as it illuminates and reflects perfectly in the water below.
The Chinese lanterns feature over a thousand LED lights, and each is comprised of over 1000 intricate parts.
Of the event, The Chinese Lantern Festival states "Each larger than life lantern will once again wow visitors with their amazing craftsmanship, cultural significance and artistic beauty."
The beautiful event is suitable for all ages and mobility types. While it does require some walking, paved walking paths make it wheelchair accessible and there are plenty of displays that dazzle young children and keep them entertained throughout the journey.
The event is more than just Chinese lanterns, though. Food trucks and food vendors are often on site and there's a wealth of cultural events that take place throughout. Visitors can also sit and lounge on the Crescent where they're treated to a wide view of the lights and can relax and take in the beauty.
The event runs until January 14th and is closed Monday but open Tuesday-Friday 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST
Saturday-Sunday 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST. Tickets range at $10 ages 3-17 and $15 for ages 18 and up.
This is a must-see event for anyone in the Triangle and surrounding areas. While there are plenty of Holiday light shows to get you in the spirit, the Chinese Lantern Festival is a truly unique display of craftsmanship and culture.
This is such a cool event! Have you attended before or plan to attend this year?
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