The Lights Fest: Chicago

Want to feel like Rapunzel from Disney's Pixar movie Tangled? Here is an event you do not want to miss! The Lights Fest is an experience to witness a miraculous show of floating lanterns combined with friends, family, food, and plenty of live entertainment! These events are popping up in cities across the United States.

Quick History Lesson!

The Lantern Festival is a traditional Chinese festival originated in Qin Dynasty (221 - 207 BC). It falls on the first Chinese lunar month which is called Yuan month in old times. It is the first night to see the full moon (Chinese Lantern Festival, 2017). In Taiwan, beginning from 1990, the Tourism Bureau integrated civilian and local government resources to conduct the event to celebrate the Lantern Festival (fifteenth day of the first month of the lunar calendar) and the end of the Chinese New Year. The purpose of the festival is to spread the traditional folklore.


Ticket Pricing


Early Bird





Late Ticket


Last Call


Final Sale


Depending on the location and time of sale, the pricing varies.

What you Get

Swag bag that includes: lantern, marker, flashlight keychain, and other goodies!

What to Bring

  • Lawn Chairs

  • Blankets

  • Warm Clothing

  • Food 
    (depending on venue)

  • Drinks
    (depending on venue and no alcohol)

Our Experience:

Once you purchase your ticket online, you re given a suggested arrival time. These arrival times will help reduce traffic when entering the venue. The best thing is that the main event, the lantern launch, will not begin until all guests have arrived and checked in. 


There are three main tents: the food and beverage ticket tent, where you purchase the food you want; the food tent, where you pick up the food you purchase; and the merchandise tent, where you can buy any souvenirs. I HIGHLY suggest bringing your own food and beverage (if the venue permits and an email prior to the event will let you know if it's allowed) because it is a little pricey for a combo meal: $15 for hotdog or burger, fries and a drink.


We arrived at 4:30 PM, chose and set up our area. As twilight hit, more music, entertainment, and interactive games with the audience commenced. Around 7:00 PM is when they demonstrated how to safely launch, and once the fire officials approved, we were ready to light up and launch!


This was one of the most breathtaking things I have experienced, and encourage all to attend one of these events, whether its from this company or another.

Get Your Tickets!

For more information or to buy and reserve your spot for the next Lights Fest near you, click here or on the logo below!

SOURCE: Chinese Lantern Festival. (2017). Retrieved October 02, 2017, from