Chinese Lantern Festival

Chinese Lantern Festival
Centennial Olympic Park
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

Continuing the celebration of Centennial Olympic Park’s 20th anniversary, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) lit up Downtown Atlanta’s crown jewel with a new winter event - the Southeast’s first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival, which kicked off Dec. 9 and will run through Jan. 15, from 6p.m. - 10p.m each night; 11p.m. Friday - Saturday.
South Park, including the Southern Company Amphitheater, is illuminated with decorative lanterns, handcrafted giant flowers, a three-story pagoda and a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon. This is a must-see event with many photo ops, so remember to take your camera with you.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

The lanterns are from Zigong in Sichuan Province. They are made from colored fabric and were hand-painted by artisans in China.  They arrived via nine shipping containers, which took 3 weeks to arrive via boat.

The exhibit features 28 lanterns and over 10,000 LED bulbs.  Nightly entertainment includes Erhu music, Face switching Chinese Opera, Plate-Spinning, Acrobats, Dancers.

In addition to the radiant displays of the Chinese Lantern Festival, attendees are invited to explore other Park and nearby attractions such as the Centennial Olympic Park Ice Rink and Holiday in Lights display, award-winning dining options, and the SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

Photography by Bonnie M. Morét
December 9th, 2016 – January 15th, 2017  
Operating Hours:
Sunday-Thursday: 6pm-10pm
Friday-Saturday: 6pm-11pm
**Festival will be open on holidays including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day (Christmas Eve Hours: 6pm-10pm, Christmas Day Hours: 6pm-11pm)  
Online Pricing:
Adult (13+) - $16 Children (4-12) - $12 (Free 3 & under) 
Gate Pricing:
Adult (13+) - $18 Children (4-12) - $14 (Free 3 & under)  
Seniors/College/Military (Mondays & Tuesdays only) $12
Groups of 20 or more $12
Family 4-pack (2 adults & 2 children) $48
Ice Rink Combo Tickets: Sold online only at $21 per person


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Bonnie Morét is an award-winning photographer recognized by The Georgia Council of the Arts as "an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia art work." Her photography is featured on Georgia Public Broadcast's Georgia Traveler. Her exhibitions include Fifth Annual Exposure Awards at Musee du Louvre in Paris, France, Art Takes Miami at Scope Art during Art Basel Miami, Metro Montage XIII at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, World of Water at the Georgia Aquarium, Open Walls at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Wholly Georgia: A Look at the Effects of Southern Religious Culture, sponsored by the Art History League and Georgia State University, at Mint Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, 6x6 at the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center in Rochester, New York, @Phonography: Dialogue in the Wireless Age, at 3 Ring Circus in New Orleans, Louisiana, and About Lands and Lives of the Civil War at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Her photography appears in Modern Luxury/The Atlantan, Jezebel Magazine, and hangs in the executive offices at the Georgia State Capitol as part of the Art of Georgia exhibit. Corporate clients include Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta History Center, Chanel Cosmetics, Christian Dior Cosmetics, Sharp Mountain Vineyards, PM Realty Group, Granite Properties, Road Atlanta, Patrón Tequila, StubHub, CBM Records and The Washington Auto Show.