Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival Opens in Franklin Square

A 200-foot-long phoenix is just one of the highlights of the 2019 Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square.

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the Philly Lantern Chinesse FestivalPhiladelphia, PA - The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival is back this year and better than ever, starting May 1 through June 30, 2019. This spectacular cultural event will enlighten Franklin Square once more with breathtaking lanterns and displays of Chinese culture.

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival Opens in Franklin Square

A gathering of lights and culture featuring artists from China as well as the local Philadelphia region and is fun for the whole family. Located at Philadelphia’s Franklin Square at Sixth and Race streets in Philadelphia.

The well-liked festival received more than 90,000 guests coming from all over the country as well as 10 nations to Philly’s Franklin Square when the event premiered back in 2016. Returning now for its fourth year with even more lanterns, attractions as well as more food and drink than last year.

The festival is a celebration of Chinese culture, boasting more than 2,000 silk lanterns portraying anything from pandas bears to dragons. The inflatable lanterns are made up of a little more than 20,000 LED lighting fixtures and create 29 displays and consume over 30,000 square feet of silk displays scattered around Franklin Square.

Last year, over 130,000 individuals from all United States together with guest from over 20 countries to witness the festival of lights. This year’s focal point will be an impressive 200-foot-long Phoenix. The radiant mythological beast standing at a whopping 21 feet and weighs in at just over 6,000 lbs.

Yet another show-stopping display will feature the mythological creature known as “Kylin” created with more than 30,000 clear jars filled up with colorful water and lighting fixtures. A brand new interactive installation this year features a brightly lit swing, and fortune-telling wheel in addition to a dragon tunnel, which attendees may walk all the way through.

The festival begins on May 1 and will run all the way through June 30. The event is free of charge throughout the daytime. However, admittance will be charged after 6 p.m., with tickets start at $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, active military and students (ages 13-17) and $12 for children (ages 3-12). All children under the age of three are free of charge.


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