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Central Florida Zoo continues new holiday tradition with Asian Lantern Festival

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens has opened its seasonal event, Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild, presented by Publix.

The event runs select nights through January 15, 2023. The festival is open every night of Thanksgiving week except Thanksgiving Day, as well as much of the weeks before Christmas and New Year’s.

Photos courtesy of Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

It features all new, larger-than-life handcrafted lanterns lit by more than 10,000 LED lights, delivering a true experience celebrating traditional Asian lantern festivals.

The lanterns are situated on a 3/4-mile loop around the zoo, providing a unique take on a holiday lights show. This is the third year for the festival, which started in 2019 and was not held in 2020.

“This is a cornerstone event for us at the Central Florida Zoo,” said CEO Richard E. Glover, Jr. “It’s dazzling, fun and educational. It’s a true community event.”

The festival is presented in partnership with Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc.

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