The NC Chinese Lantern Festival
Looking for something to get you in the holiday spirit in the Triangle area?
Well, be sure to add the NC Chinese Lantern Festival to your list of things to do this winter! The NC Chinese Lantern Festival features a beautiful selection of over 20 lighted LED displays at Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary, North Carolina.
Last year, we attended on Christmas Eve and it was the perfect way to spend time together as a family celebrating the holiday! They have a variety of cultural performances scheduled as well. When we attended, the performances had already started but we were able to watch the last 15 minutes which we thoroughly enjoyed. We then walked through the amphitheater amongst the colorful displays and festive music. The children had fun running around and posing for pictures with each one. I swear I heard, “Mom, Look at this one!” on repeat. But hey…that’s half the fun!
- The NC Chinese Lantern Festival runs Nov. 24, 2017- Jan. 14, 2018 (closed Mondays except for Christmas Day and New Years Day).
- Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at Koka Booth’s website.
- Ticket prices are $15 for 18 and older, $10 for ages 3-17, and Free for 2 and under.
- Parking is free.
The NC Chinese Lantern Festival would be perfect for date night, an outing with the kids, or fun for an entire group! For us personally, it is a little pricey to make this an annual tradition, but I’d recommend going at least once! I have heard in the past tickets were available on Groupon, in which case, I’d snag those in a hot second.
If you’re looking for other fun winter or holiday activities in the North Carolina Triangle area check out the shows at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts or DPAC. We also personally love the outdoor skating rink in downtown Raleigh combined with a trip next door for some hot chocolate! Marbles Kid’s Museum always has a few special holiday events as well as Pullen Park. And the Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour is a perfect way to spend an adult evening out after dinner!
There are Chinese Lantern Festivals all over the world! Have you attended one in the past or have plans to attend one in the future? I’d love to hear about your experience!
Which display is your favorite? Both of my kids agreed the dragon was their favorite display…and trust me, they don’t agree often! Let me know what y’all think!
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