When you think of Christmas spirit, your mind probably enters a fantasy of illuminating lights as you travel through a magical winter wonderland. There are plenty of places to make those dreamy fantasies come true. However, we think it's safe to say that Zoolumination at Nashville Zoo is your absolute best choice because it is the biggest Chinese lantern festival in the whole country.

Zoolumination: Chinese Festival of Lights is a mystical, dazzling wonderland that takes over the Nashville Zoo every winter, celebrating Chinese culture with a super bright holiday essence. The zoo kicked off its illuminscent burst of color on Nov. 15 and will stick around until Feb. 2.

This isn't your average light show or lantern fest because Zoolumination at Nashville Zoo has earned its title as the largest Chinese lantern festival in the entire U.S.

The main attraction and most breath-taking installation you may ever lay eyes on is the 200-foot chinese dragon covered in a magical rainbow of neon colors.

For only $19, you'll get to explore tons of remarkable scenes, including 500 wonderous custom-made silk lanterns spread over 60 acres of land.

Get lost at the Northpole Village as you ogle over the life-size creation of Santa’s village featuring illuminated holiday trees and a massive train made entirely out of lanterns. 

Drift over to Animal Paradise where you'll discover huge light displays of giraffes, elephants, rhinos and tons more situated among gorgeously-themed floral scenery.

You can actually check out some of the real animals after hours too, including the Andean Bear, Caribbean Flamingos and Sumatran Tiger.

Continue on your awe-striking adventure as Chinese acrobats defy gravity with grace. You can also save your appetite because there will be delicious Chinese-inspired bites to munch on while you browse. 

For more Holiday wonder that you just have to see for yourself, check out this massive amusement park that transforms into a dazzling, mystical Christmas carnival or this fancy hotel that literally transforms into the Northpole.


Zoolumination: Chinese Festival Of Lights

Price: $19

When: February 2

Address: 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

Why You Need To Go: Get lost in a land of breath-taking lights and lanterns at the country's largest Chinese lantern festival.

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