Chinese Lantern Festival Coming to Franklin Square in Philadelphia April 22nd – June 12th

foto Fred Ernst

foto Fred Ernst

Mark your calendars because this upcoming Philadelphia area event is one that you are not going to want to miss – and the perfect way to spend a lovely spring evening!  From April 22, 2016 through June 12th, 2016 Historic Philadelphia, Inc. will host the 2016 Chinese Lantern Festival, complete with a array of special festivities perfect for families.

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For seven weeks, this celebration of light and Chinese culture will set Franklin Square aglow with more than 25 larger-than-life illuminated displays, shipped directly from China, which include breathtaking giant flowers, a three-story pagoda, a huge Chinese dragon and much more. Created using traditional Chinese methods with thousands of LED lights in brilliant colors, the splendor of these incredible displays are sure to dazzle and delight both young and old alike . In addition to the gorgeous light installations, festival-goers will enjoy daily performances, culinary exploration, crafts by working artists, and still be able to play mini-golf, ride the carousel, and enjoy Center City’s best play place during the spring and all year long. What an amazing way to celebrate Franklin Square’s 10th birthday!

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In addition to the lanterns, nightly entertainment will include performances and artists showing off their traditional crafts, as well as a variety of food options.

During this event period, Franklin Square will be open during regular daytime hours. After 6 pm, the Festival requires tickets for entry. Tickets are available at the Festival entrance or online HERE. For groups of 20 or more, please contact Group Sales by calling (215) 629-4026 x209. The Franklin Square Pavilion can be rented for birthday parties, corporate events, and special events. For information on booking a special event or party in the Pavilion:



  1. Looks so fun!
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