Cary was fortunate enough to land the Lantern Festival in 2015. The organizers of Tiyanu Arts & Culture were scouring the state to find a perfect place to exhibit these amazing sculptures and when they discovered the Koka Booth Amphitheater, they knew that ‘they had found a home. The festival has continued to grow in scale and attendance over the years and in 2019 welcomed over 120,000 visitors.
Chinese artisans are working hard in Cary to install 32 all-new screens, each made up of hundreds of parts and thousands of LED lights. According to organizers, this year’s event will make a triumphant return to take its place for all who missed it. These larger-than-life lanterns will captivate visitors with their incredible craftsmanship and artistic beauty. The tour takes visitors through the extensive grounds of the site and takes approximately 45 to 50 minutes.
This year, visitors can look forward to the return of the dragon to Symphony Lake. The 164-foot, 6,600-pound lantern is clearly a festival favorite. Cultural arts shows will be presented each evening on the main stage at 6.30 p.m., 7.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. This year, the festival will be open every evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Concession stalls will be open for hot drinks and goodies and most weekends food trucks will be on site.
âIt will be a real celebration when we come together this holiday season to once again enjoy this magnificent event,â said William Lewis, Director of Cultural Arts for the Town of Cary. “The wonderful beauty and strong cultural elements of the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival make it a perfect fit for the Koka Booth Amphitheater, and we are absolutely delighted to announce its return and continue the tradition.”
In other exciting news, festival organizers announced additional programming, enhancing the experience for visitors. âThe new programming is designed to enhance the festival for guests who want a more personal experience,â adds Lewis.
The North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival is sure to delight people of all ages! Group tickets are available by contacting: [email protected]
Customers are strongly advised to purchase their tickets in advance at www.boothamphitheater.com. Parking is free.
The additional programming is as follows:
Enjoy the lanterns during the “Golden Hour”, 90 minutes before opening. This ticket allows you early entry and reduced crowds as you see the lanterns come to life in the night sky. This opportunity is perfect for those who want a little more time and more space to move around. It also presents the perfect backdrop for photos. Twilight tickets will be offered Thursday through Sunday starting at 4:30 p.m.
Ticket prices: $ 25 for 13 years old and over; $ 15 for children 3 to 12 years old. Free for children 2 and under. No discounts. Tickets will be date specific. ALL NIGHT tickets cannot be used for this package.
VIP TOUR (Very important Panda)
For approximately 50-55 minutes, a tour guide will walk you through the festival and share information about the lanterns on display and how this magnificent festival is played out in Cary each season.
Ticket prices: $ 35 per adult; $ 20 for children 3 to 12 years old. No discounts. Tickets will be date and time specific. Max of 10-12 people per VIP guided tour. ALL NIGHT tickets cannot be used for this package.
North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival Event Dates and Times:
November 19, 2021 – January 9, 2022
Open every day from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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