Family friendly Chinese-style lantern festival with eight acres of lights, live cultural shows, interactive exhibits, and more
About This Deal
- When can I visit:
- Wednesday and Thursday: 5–9:30 p.m.
- Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 5–10:30 p.m.
- Monday: closed
- Tuesday: closed
- Wednesday 12/11: closed
- Thursday 12/19: closed due to weather
- Open on December 30–31, 5–10:30 p.m.
- Event starts November 20, 2019
- View the calendar for available dates
NYC Winter Lantern Festival
- What you’ll see: more than 1,000 dazzling, light-up sculptures made from paper in the shapes of giant pandas, dragons, and lions along with cultural performances including Tibetan folk dance and plate spinning.
- The performances: performers wear vibrant costumes and magically swap traditional opera masks from one to another; plate/bowl spinning, seesaw bowl balance, hoop tumbling, straw hat juggling, hand to hand act, Tibetan folk dance and a face-changing magician, which is a sub-genre of Chinese Sichuan Opera
- What you’ll eat: Food from Asian-inspired vendors will be available to enjoy, with options from ramen to dumplings and even more.
- What to bring: A warm and fuzzy coat will keep at bay the cold from the outdoors, while a rain jacket or umbrella will ward off any rain in the event of a small storm.
Need To Know
About NYC Winter Lantern Festival
In addition to the 150,000 spectators that visited during their 2018 debut, the NYC Winter Lantern Festival garnered attention from Time Out New York and the New York Times, the former claiming that the LED installations put "all of Manhattan's Christmas decorations to shame.” Produced by New York Events & Entertainment and the China National Tourist Office of New York, this signature event spans eight acres of the SnugHarbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden. After strolling through the Chinese-inspired light display, visitors enjoy live performances of traditional Chinese dances, plus art and indigenous cuisine.