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Guide to the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival

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The North Carolina Chinese  Lantern Festival has returned to Cary for the fourth consecutive year and it’s gonna be lit! Visitors can walk through hundreds of spectacular lantern displays that will dazzle and delight this holiday season.

There are also nightly performances featuring martial arts, traditional dance, acrobatics, drum performances, and more. And don’t forget to stop by the Cresent Cafe for some holiday bites!


🗓️ NOV 22–JAN 12 | CLOSED MONDAYS, Except DEC 23 & 30
⏰ 6PM–10PM
📍 Booth Amphitheatre

Ticket Options

Food &  Beverage

The Crescent Cafe will be stocked full of holiday goodies like hot chocolate (spiked versions available), warm gingerbread, caramel corn, and more! There are also some savory options for snacking like spring rolls and wonton shrimp.
Click here for the special North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival menu! 

Food trucks may be onsite select nights! So be sure to follow @booth_amp on Instagram, for updates. 

Other Fun

Be sure to check out the light-up swings and step up piano swings behind the big Panda Installation (kid + adult-friendly). And we love the wings photo op right in the front.

Snap your pic and tag @stufftodoinraleigh

A Few Tips & Tricks

  • Parking is FREE
  • Lines to purchase tickets night-of at the Box Office can be really long–especially on weekends. We recommend buying your tickets in advanced and going during the week
  • Plan for 45–75 minutes to walk through the lanterns, and you’ll want additional time to stop for treats and watch the performances. The walkthrough is approximately a half-mile
  • This is an outdoor event where you will be walking through the lanterns, make sure to plan accordingly with the weather 
  • Pets are NOT allowed 

Cameras are highly encouraged at the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival! And you’ll definitely want to be snapping pics.

Make sure to tag @stufftodoinraleigh and our friends at @booth_amp when you post! 

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Rachel Goldberg

Rachel Goldberg

Rachel is the City Manager for UNATION and author of the   Stuff to Do in Raleigh Blog. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Raleigh area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinRaleigh on Instagramand Facebook.

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