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May Your Heart Be Light at the Central Florida Zoo

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This holiday season, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens will be awash in the glow of more than 30 larger-than-life Asian lanterns.

This holiday season, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens will be awash in the glow of more than 30 larger-than-life Asian lanterns.

The Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild will be illuminated from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays, from November 20 through January 12. It will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

“This festival perfectly integrates cultural traditions of China with the animals and gardens found at the zoo,” says Dino Ferri, the Central Florida Zoo’s CEO.

In October, more than 30 artists from China arrived at the Sanford zoo to construct the intricate sculptural lanterns. These skilled craftsmen turned welded metal frames, fabric, and LED lights into a variety of plants and animals. Among their impressive creations is a nearly-200-foot-long dragon.

This inaugural festival is being presented in partnership with Tianyu Arts & Culture and Sichuan Tianyu, an international event design and manufacturing company.

Festival admission tickets are separate from regular zoo admission and must be purchased for a specific night. For tickets, visit CentralFloridaZoo.org.

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