Huntsville & Decatur

Chinese Lantern Festival

March 20, 2019 to May 19, 2019 in Huntsville , AL

Wednesday-Sunday evenings, 5:30pm - 9:30pm

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Chinese Lantern Festival - Boasting more than 800 illuminated lantern displays, the festival will provide a stunning visual exhibition of Chinese art and culture at Huntsville Botanical Garden in the spring of 2019. From humble beginnings of silk and paper, the Chinese lantern has evolved into the wondrous shapes and sizes of the Chinese Lantern Festival. Enter “The Wild,” a world of life-size (sometimes larger than life) illuminated panda bears, lions, flamingos and more fauna from the world’s seven continents. Each of the lanterns is made by masters of the craft in Zigong, China’s center of lantern heritage. Others are made of small glass medicine bottles filled with colored liquid. In addition to the jaw-dropping lanterns, the festival features live demonstrations, including Kung Fu shows, shadow plays and a marketplace with Chinese folk art. The festival occurs nightly on Wednesday through Sunday evenings each week from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.