Holiday Promotions


Winter Break Happy Hour

 Family of 4 Happy Hour offered nightly between 5:30-6:30pm from Dec.20th to Jan.3rd at discounted price of $45 (walk-up tickets only) 


Christmas Eve

The festival's first 2,000 visitors will be entered into a raffle for their chance to win hotel staycation offers, special panda souvenirs, and more! 


New Year's Eve

Be among the first 19 visitors and receive free entry! We will have a children's New Year countdown at 8 PM featuring a giant panda piñata. 

 Tuesday thru Sunday - 5:30 PM to 10:00PM
at Natural Resources Park in Ohio Expo Center

Closed on Monday EXCEPT FOR 

December 24th and December 31st 2018



From November 23 to January 6, DRAGON LIGHTS COLUMBUS comes to the Natural Resources Park in Ohio Expo Center with brand new light sculptures, exciting performances, fun and cultural experience! 2018 features 100% NEW Displays and Entertainment.

Presented by Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc


The DRAGON LIGHTS COLUMBUS will light up the Ohio Expo Center with brand new 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.

Stage Performance Times

Tuesday to Thursday, Sunday: 6:30PM, 8:00PM
Friday and Saturday: 6:30PM, 8:00PM, 9:00 PM

Performances are included in festival admission.

Chinese Lanterns


Dragon Lights Columbus brings thrilling entertainment and ancient Chinese culture to life during this 6 week event.

Traditional Handicrafts


Visitors also get a chance to see how some of the most popular Chinese handicrafts are made at the festival. Handicraft demonstration this year includes name painting, crystal engraving and aluminum weaving.

Nightly Performances


Our Chinese performers have decades of experience and offer a glimpse of Chinese stage culture. Some traditional Chinese acts featured include: face changing, contortionist, Chinese Yo-Yo among others.

Lantern Food Court


Asian and American food is available for purchase in the festival. We're partnering with various local food vendors to make sure that our festival is not only a feast for your eyes but also for your stomach! Lantern Food Court and our dinning area is indoor with tables and chairs.

Panda Theater


Surrounded by panda lantern displays, visitors can watch real live pandas through real-time cameras in the one and only panda base in the world - Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Every Tuesday and Wednesday, selected Chinese movies with English subtitles will be played at Panda Theater as well. Panda Theater is included in the festival admission.

Time Travel Photo Booth


With little effort you can travel back in time! Visitors can try on our costumes from different dynasties and share your pictures on social media. Time Travel Photo Booth is included in festival admission.


Where Is the event being held?

The event is at Natural Resources Park in Ohio Expo Center. Please enter through E 17th Ave and follow signs to the festival entrance.

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.
Parking is charged separately at $6/car in cash.

Is everything cash only?

Of course not! We take both cash, debit and credit cards at the box office. Our merchandise and food vendors take cash, debit and credit card as well.

Is there parking available?

Yes, ample parking is available in Expo Center. Limited ADA parking space is available in front of the festival entrance. Parking will be charged separately by Expo Center at $6/car in cash.

What are the nightly stage performance schedule and what is that about?

We have two live stage shows Sunday through Thursday, first show at 6:30 pm and the second show at 8:00 pm. There is an extra show on Friday and Saturday at 9:00 pm. Stage performance will be indoor.
Our visitors can expect various traditional Chinese acrobat acts at our nightly performances.

Is this an indoor or outdoor event?

This is an outdoor walk-through event, and under inclement weather it may be closed for the day. However, our Marketplace, food vendors and stage performance are indoor. Please check our website, social media page or call us before you come visit.

What’s your ticket policy?

All ticket sales are final, and no refund will be provided. In case of inclement weather when the festival must be cancelled or closed early, rain checks will be offered.

You may transfer or re-sell your ticket off site from the festival.

Anything prohibited to bring to the event?

No pets, large moving vehicles, or weapons will be allowed.
Outside food or beverage are not allowed into the festival.

Can I take photos or film videos of the lanterns?

Yes definitely. We encourage people to take pictures and film videos for the festival.

Any commercial photography with clients must obtain approval from the event organizer and Expo Center.

Do I have to print my online tickets?

We can scan the ticket off your phone, but it is recommended that you print your tickets. You can print it on both sides!

How accessible is it for ADA people?

This is a walk-through event, but we will have enough seating in the festival; people can bring in wheelchairs and scooters, and the walking path is very accessible for people of all ages to walk.


 Tickets are available online and at the box office at the festival entrance. Advance purchase is recommended. Buy online to skip the line and also save some money! Tickets are date specific and non-refundable. Please choose the date you plan to come visit. 


Discounted group rates are available for groups with 15 or more guests.

Please contact  us at for group ticket sales.


5:30PM – 9:30PM, Located at Festival Entrance

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