Tysons hosts a winter wonderland of more than 1000 colossal Chinese lanterns

With more than 1000 handmade Chinese lanterns, the DMV Winter Lantern Festival will kick off this Friday in Tysons.

Visitors to the festival will wander through a wonderland of colossal, colorful lanterns shaped like buildings and animals — both real and mythical. The lanterns reach up to 30 feet high and are brilliantly illuminated by LED lights.  There are also interactive light swings, see-saws, and tunnels.

“Lantern festivals have been a part of Chinese culture and history for thousands of years, honoring our ancestors and celebrating peace, prosperity, and good fortune,” said Haokun Liu, a partner of Kaleido Arts & Entertainment Group, which created the festival. “We are thrilled to debut the Winter Lantern Festival, expand to new locations, introduce all visitors to the beauty of these artisan installations, and have the show become part of the DMV’s cultural holiday tradition.”

The festival will be located at the Lerner Town Square (8025 Galleria Drive, Tysons, VA). from Friday. Dec. 16 through Sunday, February 12. It will be open from 5 a.m. to p.m. from Friday to Sunday and daily from between Friday, Dec. 23 to Sunday, Jan.1. Tickets are $29.99 for adults and $17.99 for kids. 

For more information, visit www.winterlanternfestival.com.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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