If there's one thing most people agree with about Asia, it's that their culture and art is stunning. A little piece of that beauty will be coming to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens at an Asian Lantern Light Festival this November, and we're already here for it.

Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild's event will feature over 30 gigantic lantern displays, coming in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. You can expect to see cultural imagery such as Asian arches, illuminated temples,  tunnels of dangling lanterns, and a 200-foot long dragon that will all take your breath away.

Additional sculptures will be in the shape of animals and pieces of nature, such as pandas, cranes, elephants, butterflies, flowers and much more. It's gonna be seriously lit!

Aside from a dazzling display of light and color, guests will be able to purchase food and drink on site. Grab an American classic like a burger & fries, or chow down on some amazing Asian fare. Artisan crafts and decor will also be available for purchase.

Tickets to the event art surprisingly cheap too, at only $18.80 per person; if you have friends or family that want to go with you, a 4 ticket deal for $50 will also be available. If you happen to be an Annual Zoo Pass holder, tickets will be discounted for you at $15.50.

The festival will spread over 38 evenings starting Nov. 20th, 2019, running until Jan. 12, 2020 — Wednesdays through Sundays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you don't want to miss this event, mark your calendar for October to snag your spot when ticket sales start.

Every lit lantern will light up the night; you definitely won't want to miss this Insta-worthy event this fall. An overview of the festival's details can be seen below.

More eye-popping illuminated events that you need on your Insta-feed are happening in central Florida this year too; check out this massive 3-day neon wonderland festival happening this fall in Orlando — where you can shuffle to live EDM performances from Steve Aoki, Diplo, & Deadmau5 or The World's Largest Christmas Light Maze coming to St. Pete — where you can ice skate as they let it snow indoors.

Asian Lantern Festival: Into The Wild

Price: $18.80 per person, or $50 for a 4 ticket package. Annual Zoo Pass holders get discount tickets for $15.50. Tickets go on sale this October.
The Lantern Festival is a separately ticketed event and is not included with regular Zoo admission.
Additional fees may apply for certain activities.

When: Event evenings will be Wed-Sun, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., starting Nov. 20, 2019, running through Jan. 12, 2020. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Address: 3755 W Seminole Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771

Why You Need To Go: 30+ Asian lanterns displaying breathtaking cultural imagery including a 200 ft. long dragon, animals, patterns, botanicals, and more. You'll see a sea of lights and color, with food and drink available for purchase.


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