Dallas – Returning to Fair Park with 25 lantern displays, the Chinese Lantern Festival is expected to attract crowds til the beginning of the new year. The Lantern Festival wowed Dallas last year with brilliant, glowing artworks in vivid colors, and promises even more impressive artistry this year. More than 40 artists from China will work on-site at Fair Park for weeks in a temporary ‘lantern factory’ to create exquisite scenes that include animals, myths, buildings and legendary characters. From dragons to dinosaurs, tulips to flamingos—even a herd of longhorn cattle—figures will form dreamscapes of color and motion, including 17 brand-new scenes.

Visitors are invited to “Light a New Dream,” as they marvel at spectacular displays that include the Imperial Dragon Boat. Stretching over 300 feet, this royal craft will welcome passengers aboard in the middle of the lagoon.

The Porcelain Pagoda will stop traffic to take in the graceful beauty of its nine towering spires, reaching as high as 52 feet. Inspired by a Buddhist temple in China’s Yunnan province, it  matches the original’s height, and will be composed of an astounding 68,000 pieces of porcelain dishware—plates, bowls, spoons, and cups—all hand-tied using traditional techniques. This was one of my favorite displays.

This was my first time to experience the Chinese Lantern Festival and I’m mad at myself that I didn’t take the time last year to see it. It’s definitely something you don’t want to miss. It’s truly beautiful and great for all ages.

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