Arkansas Chinese Lantern Festival to Open in Little Rock


At the Arkansas Chinese Lantern Festival, you’ll see a new kind of holiday lights.

Each night from Dec. 8 to Jan. 14, the Arkansas State Fairgrounds will be alight with more than 30 sets of larger-than-life light sculptures. And the event doesn’t just feature lanterns – in addition to the giant lit-from-within pandas, dragons and more, you’ll find nightly performances, authentic Chinese handicrafts and food and drinks. The event, which is presented by Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc., is at the site of the Arkansas State Fair, so food options will include traditional and Chinese fair food.

Be sure to bundle up! The lanterns will be outside. Luckily, you’ll be able to buy hot chocolate and other warm drinks at the festival.

For six weeks, the lanterns will light up central Arkansas from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The festival will be open every night, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Performance times vary from day to day; from Sunday to Thursday, the shows begin at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, the performances will be at 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The price of the performances is included in your general festival admission, which costs $15 for adults 18 and older, $10 for youth 17 and under, $12 for military and seniors and $40 for a family 4-pack. AY Magazine is giving away a family 4-pack (2 adults and 2 youth tickets) to one lucky group. Visit our Facebook page for instructions on how to enter.

Read more about the Arkansas Chinese Lantern Festival in the December issue of AY and like the event on Facebook.

Buy tickets for the festival at or at the festival entrance.

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