Illuminaights Chinese Lantern Festival returns to Zoo Atlanta

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When Zoo Atlanta was unveiled Illuminights at the zoo: a Chinese lantern festival last year, staff members told us they hoped it would become a new holiday tradition for local families.

And now that Illuminights is back for a second year, it looks like the team is well on its way to making that dream a reality.

This morning we made a return visit to Zoo Atlanta to check out the stunning Chinese Lantern Exhibit, which features over 80 handcrafted lanterns spread across the 40-acre property. When we spoke with Jennifer Smith — the zoo’s vice president of partnerships and strategic initiatives — last year, she told us more about the beautiful light lanterns.

“We partnered with a company called Hanart Culture. It’s a Chinese company that makes all of these lanterns by hand,” Smith said. “They are all steel, covered in silk, then hand painted and airbrushed and brought to us from there.”

Smith says the lanterns are all lit using LED lights, which aligns with the conservation message and the zoo’s mission to be environmentally friendly.

This year, Illuminights at the Zoo: A Chinese Lantern Festival opens to the public on Monday, November 21 and ends on January 15; Hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. General admission tickets start at $20.99 for adults and $17.99 for children ages 3-11. For more information on tickets and timetables, click on here.

And to check out some of this year’s great lanterns, hit the video player in this article!

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