As the holidays approach, we'll grow accustomed to seeing the city draped in red and green. However, there's one festival coming into town that'll shake things up. This Chinese Lantern Festival in Atlanta is bringing every shade of the rainbow for the next few months and we're entirely here for it.
Centennial Olympic Park is hosting the Atlanta Chinese Lantern Festival and it will be transformed into a glow-in-the-dark wonderland. This year's theme is "Into the Wild," so massive, colorful animals will take over the park.
Several U.S. cities have already experienced the charm of this festival, but there are some major changes on the way, far different than anything we've seen here before.
Not only will you get to admire some intricate lanterns from afar, new this year are the interactive lanterns. You can pose, touch, and walk through these exhibits representing both endangered land and sea creatures.
Outside of the lanterns, there's a bustling market where you'll be able to stock up on Christmas goodies. With the number of items from overseas, you're guaranteed to find something unique to gift.
Whether you're sipping on warm teas or eating sugar dragons, there are authentic Chinese bites around each corner. You can grub on goodness while being entertained during the nightly performances, which include aerial performers.
You'll have several chances to be captivated by the lights, as the festival kicks off on Nov. 22 and runs until Jan. 5.
Centennial Olympic Park will be booming with holiday cheer, as the Christkindl Market is sharing space with the Chinese Lantern Festival.
Atlanta Chinese Lantern Festival
When: November 22-January 5
Address: 265 Park Avenue West NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Why You Need To Go: You'll be whisked away to a neon wonderland that is rich with Chinese culture.