Cary, North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival Extended Until January 17, 2016

Enjoy the Magic a Little Bit Longer! 

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The Chinese Lantern Festival, Cary, North Carolina by CarolinaMama©
It's true! You can "Enjoy the Magic a Little Bit Longer!"  We had heard all about the magnificence of The Chinese Lantern Festival. We were so overjoyed to experience the magic ourselves. The good news is that the Koka Booth Amphitheater has extended the Cary, North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival until January 17, 2016.  

The Chinese Lantern Festival

This year we kicked off our 2016 with the perfect family activity for the New Year - The Chinese Lantern Festival. We were mesmerized by the vibrant colors and spritely music. 

The Chinese Lantern Festival by CarolinaMama ©

Can you tell how elated we were upon entering the festival?! We were so delighted by the beautiful colors. This was our first selfie of the night! :) And it's a favorite that captured our joy. 

At the entrance, we paused to capture the beauty. The detail is exquisite. We felt transported to China. 

The Chinese Lantern Festival, Cary, North Carolina

The Asian culture has such a wonderful way of sharing beauty. We loved the colors and intricacies of each lantern. 

The Chinese Lantern Festival by CarolinaMama©

The Chinese Lantern Festival would be a wonderful date as the entire experience was very romantic, as well.  We captured the moments along the way. 

The Festival is also a wonderful experience for teenagers. Our boys had a wonderful time enjoying all of the beautiful lanterns and exhibits. 

We loved the ocean exhibits reminiscent of Nemo. These beautiful lily pads changed colors. We all had a different favorite and they were all beautiful. 

We had so much fun with he huge Dragon exhibit. This was a fun one with all of us. Capturing the amazing memories! 

Since my Daddy loved Owls and my Mommy loved birds, I was so happy to see this beautiful Owl and the beautiful Hummingbird together.  This reminds me of our parents. So beautiful. 

These were quite fascinating especially since I love pink. It takes me to my childhood right up to today. And these were reminiscent of the beautiful Asian fans. My sweet Boulder Mountain Man took this of me getting close with them. :) 

Ode to a beautiful Christmas with Santa Claus making an appearance in the Frozen Lanterns exhibit. 

We all had our favorites. It was fun to have our pictures taken with some of our favorite exhibits. Of course, Pandas represent all things Asian. Our son loved the Panda Bears. 

Tiger A has always LOVED China. So he was so happy to see the beautiful lanterns reminiscent of mainland China. 

My love of Giraffes and Zebras was happy to see these beauties! :) Here the Giraffes and I are having a chat. Another major THANK YOU to the kind gentleman who helped my family locate my brown framed glasses I dropped in the leaves and we couldn't see them. I was saying "I cannot see and they are brown frames." 


Thankfully, he calmly reached over and picked them up for us! Mom could see again! :) Our sweet Tiger A said, "Well, he had glasses, too. He could see them and he understood, Mom!"  Kindness matters, y'all. Here are the "brown frames." :) 

My handsome and happy Boulder Mountain Man loved the entrance with the beautiful roses and vivid colors and design while one of our Tigers was just as fascinated with it by solemnly viewing in the background. 

The Zebras had the most amazing golden eyes. The stripes were so outstanding. 

We loved the Bumble Bees and the Lady Bugs. Truly, there is something for everyone at the Chinese Lantern Festival. 

The Tulips were breathtaking. We loved the color and variety.  They illuminated the entire walkway as you exit the exhibits. 

     Cary, NC-- The North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival Cary has proven to be a huge hit this holiday season. The show, which began on November 28 at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre, and was due to close on January 3 has been extended for another two weeks in an effort to satisfy demand. The last day to see this magnificent display will now be on January 17, 2016. When you visit, you'll get a close up of these beautiful lanterns. 

    The Festival which includes more than 20 displays, each one comprised of hundreds of parts, and thousands of LED lights continues to wow visitors with their artistic beauty! 

The Chinese Lantern Festival, by CarolinaMama©

   According to Lyman Collins, Town of Cary Cultural Arts Manager, "We are delighted there has been so much excitement and activity surrounding this incredible event.  The response has been so overwhelming and we simply want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to come and enjoy this amazing cultural experience – or come back and see it again."

Tickets can be purchased through or Booth Amphitheatre Box Office. New pricing just announced!

Event Days and Times:
Sunday - Thursday: 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday - Saturday6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Ticket Prices:
Kids 2 and under free
Ages 3 - 17 - $10
Adults ages 18+ - $15
4 Package $50.00

Tickets can be purchased at Booth Amphitheatre (Monday - Friday, 4pm – 8pm.)or through By phone call (800) 514-3849
Etix hours: Monday-Friday/ 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. EST
Saturday/10 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST & Sunday/12 p.m. – 8 p.m. EST

Or, contact Koka Booth here or call (919) 462-2025

From our family to yours, we hope you had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! And go, enjoy the Chinese Lantern Festival. You'll be glad to treasure the memories with those you love. 

Carolina Mama and Family at The Chinese Lantern Festival

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Koka Booth Amphitheater and The Chinese Lantern Festival. All opinions are my own. 

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