The festival is curated
with children and family in mind, including a giant elephant
whose colors can be changed as visitors pedal on the bike next
to it, interactive moon-shaped swings that glow in the dark, and
many more animated displays. Although the lanterns are all new
and some changes have been made to the lantern new themes and
technologies, traditional and popular Chinese elements from
previous years remain. The iconic 200-foot-long Chinese dragon
will also return with a whole new look that will wow guests.
“This will be the third
year in a row we’ve brought the show to Columbus,” said Dragon
Lights spokesperson, Huiyuan Liu. “We keep coming back
because each year as Ohioans embrace us with more and more
warmth. Dragon Lights has quickly become part of people’s own
holiday traditions as they choose to return with family and
friends to marvel at the kaleidoscope of lights and colors that
help them get into the holiday spirit.”
has been selected as one of the stops on
TourismOhio’s Holiday Lights Trail.
“We are super excited that Dragon Lights Columbus will be
one of the stops on the Holiday Lights Trail and be part
of TourismOhio’s Holidays in Ohio campaign,” said Liu.
“We hope that the thousands of LED lights from our handcrafted
lanterns add to the cultural diversity in Ohio area and bring in
more visitors to the capital city this holiday season.”
Cultural programming and
refreshments will be presented in the Donahey Ag/Hort Building
adjacent to the Natural Resources Park which offers ample
seating. This year’s programs include not only stage
performances but also a series of fun activities for guests of
Stage performances will
highlight folk arts and culture with professional acrobats and
musicians from China. Stage performances are scheduled at 6:30
p.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with
bonus shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m.
In addition to stage
performances, visitors to Dragon Lights can also
experience a “Time Travel Photo Booth” featuring costumes from
different Chinese dynasties; a Panda Theater surrounded by
lantern displays where visitors can watch real live pandas from
Chengdu Panda Breeding Base, as well as different
selected Chinese movies; a panda themed-marketplace where
various kinds of panda products are available for purchase. The
Panda Theater movie schedule (included in admission) will be
www.dragonlightscolumbus.com and at the entrance of
demonstrations will return to this year’s festival featuring
inner-bottle painting and Chinese knot-weaving. The handcrafters
travel from afar with their special equipment and astonishing
skills to showcase their talents and visitors will have the
opportunity to watch the unique artworks being created onsite
and with the option to purchase them as souvenirs.
A wide variety of Asian
and Western food options will be available at Dragon Lights,
from Dan Dan Noodle to hot dogs. Beverages include alcohol and
non-alcohol options. Hot chocolate and hot cider are promised to
be the perfect match for the holiday season.
Dragon Lights admission
tickets are available and at the festival entrance box office.
E-tickets are date-specific, include express access at the
festival entrance and can be redeemed with a printed copy or
directly from a smartphone.
Parking will be charged
separately by Ohio Expo Center at $6/car, cash only.
Special rates are
available for groups with 15 or more people. For more ticket and
event information, please call 888-484-2698, or visit the