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
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.