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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Sanford's Central Florida Zoo to host Asian Lantern Festival this holiday season

Posted By on Thu, Aug 26, 2021 at 11:44 AM

  • Photo courtesy Central Florida Zoo
This holiday season will see the return of the popular 'Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild' to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Sanford.

From Nov. 19-Jan. 16, 2022, the Zoo's environs will be illuminated by 30 massive, handcrafted lanterns, powered by thousands of LED lights.  The Asian Lantern Festival premiered in 2019, but understandably had to take a time-out in 2020.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring this popular event back to the Zoo,” said Dino Ferri, Central Florida Zoo CEO, in a press statement. “People flock to this event, and when you see these beautiful lanterns illuminated, it’s easy to see why. We’re happy to provide a fun, festive and cultural experience for folks in Central Florida again to end the year and start 2022.”

The evening event will take place outdoors, on a 3/4-mile lantern-lit stretch through the zoo. The event requires a separate ticket from regular zoo admission.

Online purchase of event tickets ahead of time through the Central Florida Zoo is recommended.

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