Asian Lantern Festival Returns to the Central Florida Zoo

Tickets are now on sale for the most anticipated event of the holiday season—Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens presents Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild, sponsored by T-Mobile, will return for the second year from November 19, 2021 to January 16, 2022 on select nights from 6:00-10:00pm. The festival features more than 30 larger-than-life, hand-constructed lanterns lit by more than 10,000 LED lights. The result is a dazzling display of color, light and sound celebrating art, culture and beauty of traditional Asian lantern festivals.

Guests can now purchase tickets at Advance purchase is highly recommended, as the event was incredibly popular during its 2019 debut. It did not take place in 2020 due to the pandemic.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring this popular event back to the Zoo,” said Stephanie Williams, Zoo Director. “People flock to this event, and when you see these beautiful lanterns illuminated, it’s easy to see why. We’re happy to provide a fun, festive and cultural experience for folks in Central Florida again to end the year and start 2022.”

The lanterns will be set up on a 3/4 -mile trek throughout the Zoo. Festival hours will be in the evening, and entry will require a separate ticket from normal Zoo admission. The festival takes place entirely outdoors and is rain or shine. Admission tickets are offered for entry at 6:00pm, 7:00pm and 8:00pm. Budget friendly evenings and deals are available. Save money on going select nights or bundling four tickets together. With free admission for children and under, families will love wandering through the beautiful displays making memories together in Central Florida.

The Central Florida Zoo presents Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild, sponsored by T-Mobile is presented in partnership with Tianyu Arts & Culture Inc. For more information, visit

About the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is home to over 300 animals in Sanford, Florida. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in conservation, providing experiences that excite and inspire adults and children to learn and act on behalf of wildlife. More information is available at