This event occurs weekly, on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The festival is a celebration of light and culture that features artisans from China creating magnificent steel-framed and silk-wrapped giant lighted sculptures, using traditional Chinese methods.
The 2019 event will illuminate the square with 30 larger-than-life illuminated displays made of 2,000 individual lanterns and 20,000 LED lights.
All of the lanterns will be new for this year's festival, including new lighting design techniques. Highlights feature a 200-foot long phoenix, a walk-through dragon tunnel, mythological creatures created from small glass bottles filled with colored water, and a host of interactive installations such as lit swings and a fortune-telling wheel. The lanterns are installed all around the seven-acre Square, and guests stroll under, around and through the displays each evening.
Area kids have the opportunity to design a lantern for the 2019 Festival. Children ages 8-14 are invited to submit a drawing of a pig to celebrate the Year of the Pig. Lantern artists from China then bring the winning drawings to life and create an actual sculpture based on the students’ designs.
In addition to the gorgeous light installations, festival-goers will witness authentic cultural stage performances. Visitors can taste Asian cuisine and American favorites, drink a toast at the Dragon Beer Garden open nightly, and shop for Chinese folk artists’ crafts created on-site as well as festival-themed merchandise.
The lanterns are able to be viewed for free during daylight hours, while a ticket is required for nighttime entrance.
Historic Philadelphia Inc.
PA - Philadelphia
$11-$19 per person,$20 & up per person
Registration requested but not required
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