NYC’s 1st Winter Lantern Festival has started and is creating a hug buzz around town! Be sure to guarantee your tickets and get ready for a gorgeous light spectacle!
New York City is known for its beautiful night lights year round and, of course, for its abundant Christmas decorations! People travel from all over the globe to visit NYC during this time of the year, as well as New Yorkers also have a great time!
NYC’s 1st Winter Lantern Festival will happen through January 6, at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Staten Island!
What to expect?
To start, you’ll see around 40 LED installations that can be as tall at 30 feet up, spread throughout 7 acres of land and over 30,000 Chinese lanterns.
It’s a fantastic experience for all ages that shows the beauty of the Chinese culture, with art works, dances and so much more!
The thematic lanterns installations have curious names: Light Tunnel, Wonderland, Sea World, Animal Kingdom, Chinese lights, Panda Paradise (ha! cute!) and Holiday Zone!
Oh! There is also a huge dragon!
“In Chinese culture, dragons are used to symbolize power and strength. They are often depicted in the colors red and gold, which represent good fortune and neutrality.”
In addition, entertainments are varied! Face changing, martial arts shows and lion dance. The water sleeve dances can be traced all the way back to 221 B.C., when dancers used clothing and other techniques to elongate their arms, creating an eye-catching performance. Plus, there is still sugar painting and a fun zone!
Oh! And the process of creating these lanterns is crazy! Take a look at the video below!
So, be sure to purchase your ticket and get your phone ready for we’re sure you’ll be able to get some pretty awesome pictures to share on social media.
Tickets: $15 – $23
Location: 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday: 5pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday: 5pm-11pm
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Winter Lantern Festival