OHIO CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVALNOVEMBER 25 - JANUARY 8BUY TICKETS
From November 25th - January 8th, a celebration of Chinese culture will come to the Ohio Expo Center & State Fairgrounds. Get ready to experience Columbus in a whole new light with exquisite silk lanterns, traditional performances, and Asian-inspired cuisine!
The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival will light up the Natural Resources Park with 39 larger-than-life illuminated displays crafted by Chinese artisans. Our team of artisans hail from Zigong, Sichuan, China’s cultural capital for the ancient art of lantern-making.
In addition to lanterns, nightly performances, and handicrafts, the event will also offer food and beverages. Our menu includes a variety of Chinese and traditional fair food, as well as assorted beverages.
Sunday-Thursday: 6:30 PM & 8:00PM
Friday & Saturday: 6:30PM, 8:00 PM, & 9:00 PM
Performances are included in festival admission.
Where is this event being held and is there parking available?
The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is being held within the Natural Resources Park at the Ohio State Expo Center and Fairgrounds, located at 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211. There is ample parking on site, and festival parking is $5.
Where can I purchase tickets?
Tickets will be available for purchase at the festival entrance or online at ohiolanternfestival.com.
What does the price of admission include?
Admission includes entry into the festival for viewing all lanterns, authentic Chinese performances, and handicraft demonstrations. Merchandise and food are sold separately.
Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?
You may either buy tickets in advance online or at the entrance. To avoid ticket lines on more crowded days, it is recommended to purchase tickets in advance but it is not required.
Are there any discounts available?
Yes, we offer additional discounts to groups, seniors, and college students. Monday nights we offer a senior discount (65+) with $12 entry, and on Thursdays we offer college students (ID required) $12 entry.
We offer group discounts for parties of 15 or more. Tickets discounted for groups cost $13 per adult and $8 per youth. For group tickets, please email [email protected]
What are the festival hours?
The festival is open nightly from 5-10PM.
Will you be open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve,and New Year’s Day?
Yes, we will be open every night including holidays!
Is this an indoor or outdoor event?
This is an outdoor event, rain, snow or shine. Please check current weather conditions for your visit and dress appropriately.
I have a disability, can I still attend?
There are three wheelchairs available for guest use. The lanterns are displayed around paths that can accommodate wheelchairs and electric scooters.
Tickets are available online or at the door, no advance purchase is necessary.
18 and olderBUY TICKETS
17 and under(kids 2 and under free) BUY TICKETS
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Senior discounts (65+) are available on Mondays – $12 admission.
College discounts (ID required) are available on Thursday – $12 admission.
Discounted group rates are available for groups with 15 or more guests.
Please contact [email protected] for group ticket sales.
Onsite Box Office Hours:
Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival Natural Resources Park @ Ohio Expo Center
717 E. 17th Ave. Columbus, OH 43211