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The Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild 2021-2022

The only event in Central Florida celebrating Asian cultures


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Every winter, The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Sanford transforms into a magical wonderland. The Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild illuminates the gardens during 38 nights from late November through late January, drawing crowds from Orlando and other cities.

The Asian Lantern Festival features over 30 hand-made lantern displays on a 3/4-mile path through the Zoo. Illuminated larger-than-life light sculptures are depicting animals, traditional Chinese characters, and plants. The exhibition is organized by the Zoo together with Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc., a company from Zigong, Sichuan, China.

In addition to beautiful LED lanterns, guests can enjoy live music, a crafts fair as well as Asian and American foods and beverages. General admission is $20 per person. The exhibition runs from 6 to 10 pm on select nights. It is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The Asian Lanter Festival is a perfect occasion for a family outing to celebrate Asian art and culture before the start of the annual Lunar New Year festivities!

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