Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square


Last night I was able to preview the first-ever Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square! This will take place in the Square starting today, April 22 to June 12, 2016. The Festival, appearing for the first time in the Northeast United States, is a celebration of light and culture that features artisans from China and the Philadelphia region. Franklin Square will glow with more than 25 larger-than-life illuminated displays of giant flowers, a three-story pagoda, a huge Chinese dragon and much more, created using traditional Chinese methods with thousands of LED lights in brilliant colors.

Times: Daily, 6 – 10 pm, Fri. & Sat. until 11 pm

Admission to Franklin Square remains completely free before 6 p.m. After 6 p.m., tickets are required to enter the square and the Chinese Lantern Festival.

Archway lit up! #PhillyLanternFest

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Admission to Franklin Square will be free during the day, as always. By night, though, starting at 6 p.m. the Chinese Lantern Festival becomes a ticketed event at $17 per adult, $15 for seniors and military personnel and $12 for visitors 17-years-old and under. Note, too, that special group rates are available for groups of 20 or more.

Although pictures doesn’t do it justice here’s more pictures from my preview!

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