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You see photos and video of lantern festivals online, but nothing can really give you the sense of magic you feel when you see it in person.  Everyone should do this at least once!

There are a few different companies we know that put on festivals. 

  1. The Lights Festival (the one we attended)
  2. The Lantern Fest

Here are a few tips:

  • Research the festival location and dates and book your tickets early.  The earlier you book tickets, the cheaper they will be.
  • There is a lot of waiting before the lantern launch.  They will have musicians and food, but if you know to expect waiting, you can bring some games, a picnic blanket, and even bring your own dinner (if the festival allows).
  • Sit towards the back of the crowd.  You’ll enjoy the view better because you’ll have a better angle to view all the lanterns from behind than from within the crowd.
  • Don’t worry about trying to launch your lanterns when it starts.  Rather, sit back and enjoy the view, take it all in.  The launch doesn’t happen all at once, but over a period of time.  So you’ll be able to enjoy the view much more if you aren’t fighting the crowd to light and launch your lantern when it starts… then light yours towards the end.