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Chinese Lantern Festival

The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center will be transformed into a six-week celebration of Chinese art and culture when the Indiana Chinese Lantern Festival comes to the Fairgrounds’ Celebration Park November 24, 2017 – January 7, 2018.

Produced by Tianyu Arts and Culture, Inc., the Lantern Festival will illuminate the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center with 33 sets of larger-than-life lantern displays and more than 1000 LED light components. Each display is handmade and custom built by dozens of Chinese artisans who travel the world to keep this centuries-old tradition alive. Visitors will explore both the ancient culture of China while learning about the Chinese traditions of today by taking a walking interactive tour of breathtaking displays, including a 100 ft. long Chinese dragon and a 30 ft. tall traditional Chinese arch. The festival also features nightly performances by Chinese acrobats, traditional Chinese handicraft demonstrations, and the flavors of traditional Chinese cuisine.
Since 2015, this international touring light show has traveled to 14 different U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Milwaukee, Nashville, Tenn., New Orleans, Norfolk, Va., Philadelphia, San Antonio, and Spokane, Wash. Indianapolis will be the fifteenth stop and the festival’s first visit to Indiana and is hoping to attract more than 50,000 visitors and will be a totally distinctive experience for Hoosiers during the holiday season.
Tickets are available now at www.indianalanternfest.com and can also be purchased throughout the event at the entrance to the Festival in Celebration Park from 5:00 – 9:30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased throughout the Festival at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum Box Office Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Prices are $15 per adult, $10 per child (children five and under are free) and $12 for seniors 65+ and members of the military (with a valid ID). For groups of 15 or more, group rates are available for $13 per adult, $8 per child. Group tickets are only available at the onsite box office.  The event is held rain or shine, and tickets are non-refundable. In the event of inclement weather, a decision will be made daily by 4:00 p.m. whether or not to close the event for the evening, and visitors will be given a rain check to attend a future show.
HIGHLIGHTS:
  • More than 30 sets of larger-than-life size lantern displays with more than 1000 LED light components.
  • 100 ft. long Chinese dragon and 30 ft. tall traditional Chinese arch
  • Exciting performances by Chinese acrobats
  • Traditional Chinese handicraft demonstrations
  • Marketplace for Chinese souvenirs
  • Traditional Chinese cuisine as well as standard American fare available for purchase
WHEN:  November 24, 2017 – January 7, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Nightly
WHERE:  Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center – Celebration Park
*Visitors will enter the venue through Gate 1 (off 38th street) or Gate 6 (off Binford Blvd.) and follow directional signs to Celebration Park.
TICKETS:  Tickets are available at www.indianalanternfest.com and will also be available throughout the event at the entrance to the Festival in Celebration Park from 5:00 – 9:30 p.m. Tickets will also be available throughout the Festival at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum Box Office Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Ticket Prices:
  • Adult $15
  • Children ages 5-17 $10 (four and under are free)
  • Senior Discount $12 (age 65+)
  • Military Discount $12 (with valid ID)
  • Family Four Pack $40 (two adults and two children)
  • College Student Discount $12 (only on Thursdays with valid college student ID)
  • Groups Tickets $13/adult, $8/child (Groups of 15 or more)
  • Parking $5

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