Big Tex has kicked off his boots till next year, but the glow of the Chinese Lantern Festival continues to shine at Fair Park, in Dallas, Texas, until January 2014. Come see our newest lanterns—giant pumpkins! This year’s fall and holiday season includes never-before-seen surprises, making the Festival a beautiful way to celebrate the autumn nights and the sparkle of the season.
Brilliant, glowing, artworks comprise 25 stunning displays in a kaleidoscope of color. Like stained glass in 3-D, each lantern set is made of hundreds and thousands of individual pieces.
Among visitors’ favorites are the Imperial Dragon Boat. Over 120 feet long, visitors can circle this royal craft by land, or step aboard for unique views in the middle of the lagoon (a nominal boarding fee applies). Elsewhere, the spires of the towering Porcelain Pagoda reach as high as 53 feet. Inspired by a Buddhist temple in China, this display is composed of an astounding 68,000 pieces of porcelain dishware—plates, bowls, spoons, and cups—all hand-tied using traditional techniques.
Behold giant vases and lanterns that show intricate detail on a massive scale. Stroll by the bamboo forest, populated by playful pandas!
Don't miss the Acrobat Show, at 6:30 and 8:00 PM, including an illusion from Chinese opera. Watch folk artists brush-paint on silk, and weave palm leaves into unique souvenirs. Browse the Marketplace of select items from China, and enjoy a bite at the lagoon terrace as you get lost in lantern reflections of lotuses, frogs and ducks.
Come 'Light a New Dream!', and reignite your sense of wonder. Now four nights a week through December 1, then every night from December 5 through January 5.