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Largest Lantern Festival in the Country Returns to Nashville Zoo

After a two year hiatus, Zoolumination returns to Nashville Zoo Nov. 18, 2022 through Feb. 4, 2023. 

Zoolumination is making a grand comeback to Nashville Zoo this winter after a two-year hiatus and will run from November 18, 2022 through February 4, 2023.

Nashville Zoo will glow with more than 1,000 authentic, custom-made silk Chinese lanterns displayed throughout the nearly three miles of Zoo pathways. Visitors can expect one-of-a-kind lantern structures exquisitely constructed featuring animals, colorful scenes, picturesque walkways, mythical beasts, dragons and more. Venture through the must-see North Pole Village filled with lights, trees, holiday fun and even visit Santa until December 24.

Nashville Zoo is partnering with Zigong Lantern Group to develop and implement this event. Around 35 Chinese artists, welders and construction staff from Zigong Lantern Group arrived this August to help design and construct each lantern. The production process will take approximately three months. These lanterns are placed in public viewing areas throughout the Zoo upon completion and remain in place until the end of the event.

Zigong Lantern Group is a global company and leader in lantern arts with their manufacturing hub located in in Zigong, also known as “Lantern City” in China. Zigong Lantern Group has held lantern festivals in over 16 countries and 30 cities worldwide and has won numerous awards for their designs.

Zoolumination will run nightly from November 18 through January 8 and Thursdays through Sundays from January 12 through February 4. Tickets for Zoolumination will go on sale on September 14. Single night admission tickets are $19 for adults and $15 for children (ages 2-22). Members save $2 per single admission ticket. Enjoy unlimited visits throughout the duration of the event with the “Platinum Pass,” which is $29 for adults and $21 for children (ages 2-12). Children under age 2 are free. Please note that advanced tickets are required and it is a rain or shine event.

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.