Celebrate the end of the Mid-Autumn Festival with a traditional festival of lights, featuring a 110-yard dragon made out of hand-tied porcelain dishes and assorted other glowing artworks depicting animals, buildings, and stories. See it by day, or all lit up at night.
The lanterns will once again light up the lagoon at Fair Park. The Chinese Lantern Festival, which wowed the crowds during the State Fair of Texas, will reopen Nov. 1 for a second run.
The festival, which will run nightly through Jan. 6, features thousands of handmade lanterns in whimsical scenes, including birds and squirrels lounging on giant mushrooms and a group of human-size ants that have formed a band, performing with flutes, cellos and maracas.
There’s also a 50-foot-tall pagoda, as well as the Temple of Heaven, which is about one-third the size of the Beijing original.At night they glow, bathing the lagoon in a gleaming rainbow of colors.
Chinese Lantern Festival 2014
The glow of the Chinese Lantern Festival continues to shine at Fair Park, in Dallas, Texas, until February 17, 2014 (Washington’s Birthday weekend). For the first time, the Chinese Lantern Festival encompasses both the western (Gregorian) and eastern (Lunar) New Year. While many holiday lights have dimmed elsewhere, the Chinese Lantern Festival burns bright. Come let the lanterns’ winter glow Light a New Year’s Dream! Learn how ancient Chinese celebrated, and why goldfish are a new year’s symbol. As we move from the Year of the Snake to the Year of the Horse, greet these noble animals in lantern form part of a complete gallery of the characters of the Chinese zodiac. Then, read your 2014 horoscope, and see which animal is your best match all done lantern style!
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!
Watch folk artists weave palm leaves into unique souvenirs, and ‘paint’ with liquid sugar to create edible animal figures. Browse the Marketplace of select items from China, and enjoy a bite at the lagoon terrace, as you get lost in reflections of lotuses, frogs and ducks.
This new year, resolve to ‘Light a New Year’s Dream!’, and reignite your sense of wonder. Now every night through February 17.
Fair Park is so beautifully landscaped and have such a diversity of interesting venues, from the swan boats on the little lake to the many exciting destinations – the Art Deco buildings are a reason to visit the park, and the Automobile Museum is another. The attractions are ‘attractive’ all year round, but especially during the Texas State Fair.