Go Into The Wild at This Year's
Atlanta Chinese Lantern Festival

Entrance of the Chinese Lantern Festival. Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth
Entrance of the Chinese Lantern Festival. Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth

Downtown Atlanta’s Chinese Lantern Festival returns this holiday season and is wilder than ever. This year’s festival will take place from November 22, 2019 through January 5, 2020.

This season’s theme is “Into The Wild,” and showcases over 25 different land and water creatures. The festival features handcrafted depictions of endangered species throughout Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Main Street to highlight the importance of wildlife protection.

Handcrafted tiger lantern. Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth
Handcrafted tiger lantern. Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth
Shark tunnel. Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth
Shark tunnel at the Chinese Lantern Festival.
Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority welcomes those of all ages to enjoy cultural lights, performances and much more.

Atlanta Chinese Lantern Festival 2019. Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth
Atlanta Chinese Lantern Festival 2019. Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth

Unlike past years, this year’s festival offers interactive lanterns that visitors can touch and experience firsthand.

An interactive piano and glow swings were among some of the fan favorite activities at this year’s festival. So much so that there was a line down the sidewalk to even participate in the interactive portion of the festival.

Interactive lanterns. Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth
Interactive lanterns.
Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth

Lantern swings. Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth
Lantern swings. Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth

Each night of the festival there will be dancers, acrobatic and theatrical performers that will take the Southern Company Amphitheater stage.

The performance part of the night redefined balance as performers stood on multiple cylinders on an elevated surface. Not only did they balance on elevated surfaces, they also balanced different size hoops on top of each other and jumped through them at different heights. The shows had visitors on the edge of their seats. 

Festival performances. Megan Binkley | Avant- Youth
Festival performances. Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth

Another stand out performance was a dancer who performed a popular Chinese dance called “The Peacock Dance.” The peacock is a symbol of happiness and success, which makes it a commonly depicted symbol.

Dancer performing The Peacock Dance. Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth
Dancer performing The Peacock Dance.
Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth

Be sure to check out the German Christkindl Market, which is located directly behind the Chinese Lantern Festival for more holiday fun. 

Centennial Park will be decked out with lights and markets through the new year so make sure to check out some holiday fun at Centennial Olympic Park from November 22, 2019 through January 5, 2020.

Jellyfish walk through tunnel. Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth
Jellyfish walk through tunnel. Megan Binkley | Avant-Youth

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