Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens presents Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild, sponsored by T-Mobile, will return to Central Florida for the second year (the first was in 2019; last year’s canceled due to COVID). The festival–running from November 19th thru the 16th of January–will feature more than 30 larger-than-life, hand-constructed lanterns lit by more than 10,000 LED lights. The result is a dazzling display of color, light and sound celebrating art, culture and beauty of traditional Asian lantern festivals. We’re so excited to check this out!

FUN FACT: Throughout the ages, the Chinese have used lanterns not only as sources of light or simple paper decoration, but they symbolize vitality, social status and good luck. The most common Chinese lanterns are red, oval shaped, and decorated with red or golden tassels; around the world, the round, red lantern remains one of the most easily recognized trademarks of Chinese culture.

Guests can now purchase tickets at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical website (not an affiliate link). Advance purchases are highly recommended, as the event was incredibly popular during its first run. The lanterns will be set up on a 3/4 -mile trek throughout the Zoo. Festival hours will be in the evening, and entry will require a separate ticket from normal Zoo admission. The festival takes place entirely outdoors and is rain or shine.

And here’s an even closer look:

Location deets:

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
3755 W. Seminole Blvd.
Sanford, FL 32771

What do you think? Interested to see what this event is all about?

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