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Asian Lantern Festival lights up the Central Florida Zoo

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild will return to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Sanford, Fla. on select nights from Nov. 19, 2021, to Jan. 16, 2022.

Asian Lantern Festival
Photos courtesy of Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Featuring a dazzling ¾-mile display of more than 30 larger-than-life, hand-constructed, themed lanterns lit by more than 10,000 LED lights, the festival debuted in 2019 and is the only event in Central Florida celebrating the culture, art, and beauty of traditional lantern festivals that have taken place throughout Asia for centuries.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring this popular event back to the Zoo,” said Zoo Director Stephanie Williams. “People flock to this event, and when you see these beautiful lanterns illuminated, it’s easy to see why. We’re happy to provide a fun, festive, and cultural experience for folks in Central Florida again to end the year and start 2022.”

Asian Lantern Festival

Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild takes place from 6-10 p.m. and is entirely outdoors (rain or shine). Entry requires a separate ticket from regular zoo admission, and advance purchase is highly recommended. Tickets start at $15.50 for zoo annual passholders and $18.50 for general admission. A family 4-pack is available starting at $50.00. Kids age 2 and under are free.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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