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Chinese Lantern Festival Still Dazzles at the Dallas Fair Park

Don't miss the Dragon Boat at the Chinese Lantern Festival
Don't miss the Dragon Boat at the Chinese Lantern Festival
Screenshot by Marie Puddu

For what seems like an eternity, the Chinese Lantern Festival is still ablaze at the Fair Park (Lagoon) in Dallas. Unlike the Crow Collection of Art's Chinese New Year celebration held all day Saturday, February 1st, Fair Park's revelry is extended all the way through February 17th and is open from 5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

An especially intriguing factoid: For the first time, the Chinese Lantern Festival happens in between both the western (Gregorian) and eastern (Lunar) New Year.

Chinese New Year festivals are known for their extravagance--the Lantern Festival is no exception. First time visitors should check out the Imperial Dragon Boat, the spectacular array of porcelain dishware (68,000 pieces in all), and the 53-foot tall Porcelain Pagoda. Kaleidoscope artworks, all made up of hundreds of thousands of glowing pieces, create an otherworldly, brilliant effect.

Adult tickets cost $22; children 3 and under get in free. See http://www.chineselanternfestival.com/ for more information.

About the Fair Park Lagoon

The Fair Park holds walking tours of various gardens, museums, performance and amusement venues, and other buildings in the facility. The Lagoon was named after Dorothea Leonhardt and was built during the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition. However, it wasn't until the 1980s that the Lagoon became fully traversable by the public. Now it's a regular site for swan boat rides, leaving memories of birds, insects, plants, trees, fish and other Texas wildlife to visitors who stroll along.