Cary’s first Chinese Lantern Festival at Koka Booth Amphitheatre has been extended by two weeks in an effort to satisfy demand.
The month-long show, which began on Nov. 28, was originally set to close on Jan. 3 but will now end on Jan. 17. The festival features 25 groups of displays, each comprised of hundreds of parts and thousands of LED lights.
“We are delighted there has been so much excitement and activity surrounding this incredible event,” said Lyman Collins, the town’s cultural arts manager, in a news release. “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.”
Collins estimates the festival has drawn about 35,000 so far and said the town hopes it will be an annual event.
The festival will remain at 8003 Regency Parkway with the same hours: 6:30-10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; and 6:30-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Ticket prices will be reduced starting Jan. 4 to $15 for 18 and older; $10 for 3 to 17; and free for children 2 and younger.
Tianyu Arts and Culture, a Zigong, Sichuan-based company, is presenting the festival. The three largest displays are a 196-foot-long dragon that floats on the venue’s Symphony Lake; a Chinese lotus pagoda; and a Christmas tree. Other displays include zoo animals, flowers and a giant fan.
It takes about an hour for visitors to stroll through the festival site.
Throughout the month-long festival, town staff are encouraging visitors to take photos and post them on social media with the tag #ncchineselanternfestival.
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608: @KTrogdon
WANT TO GO?
When: Through Jan. 17. Hours are 6:30-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 6:30-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Where: Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary
Cost: $20 for 18 and older; $12 for 3 to 17; and free for children 2 and younger. Four tickets are $50. Starting Jan. 4, $15 for 18 and older; $10 for 3 to 17; and free for children 2 and younger. Tickets can be purchased through etix.com or Booth Amphitheatre Box Office.
Parking: Free in venue-owned lots.