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NYC Winter Lantern Festival 2022-2023

A Chinese holiday tradition gains popularity in New York City


Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin
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The NYC Winter Lantern Festival takes place in Staten Island during the winter holiday season. Amazing LED displays of various forms are placed all over the South Meadow of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden. The festival attracts about 60,000 visitors every year.

The event that is dedicated to Asian culture features about 40 handmade lantern installations of different categories from sea world to animal kingdom like a huge dragon, panda bears, deer, and various characters. One of the most popular photo spots is the Light Tunnel.

Lantern Festival brings holiday memories to Staten Island and Snug Harbor is organized by New York Events & Entertainment (NEWYORKEE), Haitian Culture and Empire Outlets in cooperation with various local partners.

The LED lanterns are also accompanied by performances of traditional Chinese dances and art. Special performances take place every evening from Wednesday to Sunday. The display is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is $23 for adults and $15 for children.

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