OHIO CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVALNOVEMBER 17th - JANUARY 7thBUY TICKETS
From November 17th – January 7th, Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival will return to the Ohio Expo Center & State Fairgrounds with brand new light sculptures, more exciting performances and lots more fun and cultural experience!
Presented by Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc
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.
Is parking available?
There is ample parking on site, and festival parking is $6. Parking is cash only.
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 5:30- to 10:00PM. The ticket booth opens at 5:00pm and closes at 9:30pm.
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?
All lantern displays are outdoor and it is a walk through experience. Nightly performances, food vendors and culture experience programs will be indoor in the Donahey Ag/Hort Building.
What is your ticket policy?
Tickets can be purchased both online and at the door at the same price. Online tickets are good for any day during the festival and can be used once only. All ticket sales are final and no refund is provided. In case of inclement weather when the festival must be cancelled or close early, rain checks will be offered.
Is everything cash only?
Of course not! We take both cash and credit at ticket booth, souvenir shops and food vendors. We will have ATMs available too.
Do I have to print my online ticket?
We can scan the ticket off your phone but it is recommended that you print your tickets. You can print it on both sides!
Is there anything I cannot bring to the festival?
No pets, large moving vehicles, or weapons will be allowed. The walking paths are wheelchair and stroller-friendly. Both wheelchairs and strollers are always allowed in the park.
I have a disability, can I still attend?
Yes, we will have limited number of wheelchairs for
guest use and can be borrowed for free on a first come first serve basis.
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
ID RequiredBUY TICKETS
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