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Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild by the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild by the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Asian Lantern Festival: Into The Wild

Join us for this spectacular event November 19, 2021 – January 16, 2022!

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens will transform at night into the Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild!

Experience the Zoo like you’ve never seen it before! See over 30 different, hand-constructed illuminated lantern displays around the Zoo on a 3/4 mile path. Celebrate the art, beauty and wonder of traditional Asian lantern festivals. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Guests of all ages can enjoy this unique event. Tickets must be purchased online. Limited tickets are available per night.

Learn more and get your questions answered by reading our FAQ section below!

 

Select nights November 19, 2021 through January 16, 2022, 6-10 p.m.

 

Are you visiting from out-of-town or interested in a stay-cation?

 

FAQ

What is the Asian Lantern Festival?

The Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild is the only event in Central Florida celebrating the culture, art, and beauty of traditional lantern festivals celebrated throughout Asia for centuries. This inaugural event was created in partnership with Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc., an international event design and manufacturing company headquartered in Zigong, Sichuan, China.

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens has been transformed into a dazzling evening experience featuring more than 30 larger-than-life displays of illuminated sculptures depicting animals, plants, and traditional Chinese elements. In addition to the hand-made LED lit lanterns, festival attendees will get to enjoy local food and beverage options, live music, and authentic artisan crafts.

Is this event a walking or driving experience?

The festival is a walking journey on a 3/4 mile path around the Zoo. Manual wheelchairs are available for rent on a first come, first served basis. The festival is being held entirely outside at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens located at 3755 W. Seminole, Blvd, Sanford FL 32771. Get Directions!

Do I need to buy a Zoo admission ticket?

No. Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild is a separate event from the Zoo, and occurs at night outside of normal Zoo operating hours. Only a ticket to Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild is required. Purchase tickets online.

What if it rains?

This event is held rain or shine. No refunds.

What can you expect to see?

Over 30 Themed Lantern Displays

Unique Crafts

Food and Beverages Available for Purchase

Will I see animals?

No. Our animals have access to their night habitats for their safety. Please visit the Zoo during normal operating hours if you wish to see animals.

When is the last time I can enter the festival?

The last admission time is at 9:15 p.m. No exceptions.

Will there be food?

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

What are Value Nights and Standard Nights?

Standard nights are all dates that fall on Friday, Saturday and holiday weeks. Value nights are only on select nights, so purchase now and save.

 

 

Pricing and Ticketing

Family 4-Pack:

Value Night Pricing: $50.00 USD

 

Standard Night Pricing: $60.00 USD

Zoo Annual Pass Holders:

Value Night Pricing: $15.50 USD
Per Person

 

Standard Night Pricing: $17.00 USD
Per Person

General Admission:

Value Night Pricing: $18.50 USD
Per Person

 

Standard Night Pricing: $20.00 USD
Per Person

Children 2 and Under:

Free
Ticket Still Required for Event Admission

The Asian Lantern Festival is a separately ticketed event and is not included with regular Zoo admission. Tickets are non-refundable. Additional fees may apply for certain activities.

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor:

 

 

Lantern Sponsors:

 

Harold & Carol Plessner

 

The Williams Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For event sponsorship information please contact us at development@centralfloridazoo.org.

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