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Asian Lantern Festival returns to light up the night

Chattanooga Zoo transforms once more for this magical celebration of arts and culture.

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A rotating collection of lanterns, including Santa's sleigh, an octopus, and a red dragon.

Get ready for 45 days of themed festival fun.

Photo provided by the Chattanooga Zoo

Experience love at first light this holiday season at the captivating Asian Lantern Festival, returning to the Chattanooga Zoo from Nov. 16, 2023, through Jan. 14, 2024. Presented in partnership with Chick-fil-A Chattanooga, this nightly celebration of art and culture features:

  • 30 brand-new illuminated lanterns + three new themes, including Winter Wonderland, Under the Sea, and traditional Asian.
  • Nine fully interactive lanterns, highlighted by the debut of the moon-like lantern swing.
  • Enchanting moving displays.
  • Food and drink deals to keep you and the family warm and full.

The festival runs Wednesday through Sunday evenings, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Pro tip: Purchase an Asian Lantern Festival Four Pack (think: four friends or the fam) and get a custom souvenir mug.

Note that tickets are only available online, so reserve your tickets ahead of time to avoid any last-minute scrambling.

Ignite the night