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Dragon Lights Columbus, Nov. 23 – Jan. 6

COLUMBUS: The magical glow of more than 40 larger-than-life lantern sculptures will illuminate the Natural Resources Park at the Ohio Expo Center, located at 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus when Dragon Lights Columbus opened on Nov. 23, 2018.  The festival celebrating Asian culture will be open Tuesday-Sunday from 5:30 – 10 p.m. through Jan. 6, 2019 with special Monday hours on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.
 

The festival is curated with children and family in mind, including a giant elephant whose colors can be changed as visitors pedal on the bike next to it, interactive moon-shaped swings that glow in the dark, and many more animated displays. Although the lanterns are all new and some changes have been made to the lantern new themes and technologies, traditional and popular Chinese elements from previous years remain. The iconic 200-foot-long Chinese dragon will also return with a whole new look that will wow guests.

“This will be the third year in a row we’ve brought the show to Columbus,” said Dragon Lights spokesperson, Huiyuan Liu. “We keep coming back because each year as Ohioans embrace us with more and more warmth. Dragon Lights has quickly become part of people’s own holiday traditions as they choose to return with family and friends to marvel at the kaleidoscope of lights and colors that help them get into the holiday spirit.”

Dragon Lights has been selected as one of the stops on TourismOhio’s Holiday Lights Trail.

“We are super excited that Dragon Lights Columbus will be one of the stops on the Holiday Lights Trail and be part of TourismOhio’s Holidays in Ohio campaign,” said Liu. “We hope that the thousands of LED lights from our handcrafted lanterns add to the cultural diversity in Ohio area and bring in more visitors to the capital city this holiday season.”

Cultural programming and refreshments will be presented in the Donahey Ag/Hort Building adjacent to the Natural Resources Park which offers ample seating. This year’s programs include not only stage performances but also a series of fun activities for guests of all ages.

Stage performances will highlight folk arts and culture with professional acrobats and musicians from China. Stage performances are scheduled at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with bonus shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m.

In addition to stage performances, visitors to Dragon Lights can also experience a “Time Travel Photo Booth” featuring costumes from different Chinese dynasties; a Panda Theater surrounded by lantern displays where visitors can watch real live pandas from Chengdu Panda Breeding Base, as well as different selected Chinese movies; a panda themed-marketplace where various kinds of panda products are available for purchase. The Panda Theater movie schedule (included in admission) will be available at www.dragonlightscolumbus.com and at the entrance of the festival.

Chinese handicraft demonstrations will return to this year’s festival featuring inner-bottle painting and Chinese knot-weaving. The handcrafters travel from afar with their special equipment and astonishing skills to showcase their talents and visitors will have the opportunity to watch the unique artworks being created onsite and with the option to purchase them as souvenirs.

A wide variety of Asian and Western food options will be available at Dragon Lights, from Dan Dan Noodle to hot dogs. Beverages include alcohol and non-alcohol options. Hot chocolate and hot cider are promised to be the perfect match for the holiday season.

Dragon Lights admission tickets are available and at the festival entrance box office. E-tickets are date-specific, include express access at the festival entrance and can be redeemed with a printed copy or directly from a smartphone.

Parking will be charged separately by Ohio Expo Center at $6/car, cash only.

Special rates are available for groups with 15 or more people. For more ticket and event information, please call 888-484-2698, or visit the website www.dragonlightscolumbus.com.

website: www.dragonlightscolumbus.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DragonLightsColumbus

Instagram: www.instagram.com/dragonlightscolumbus

Inquiries: 888-484-2698, tickets@tianyuculture.com

 

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