Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts is excited to announce their all new “Festival of Illumination” beginning this September 2021. This four month long premier Chinese Lantern Festival, presented in partnership with the award-winning Zigong Lantern Group, will be the largest of its kind to be hosted in New England.
From September to January 3, 2022, Southwick’s Zoo will be illuminated by breathtaking custom-built exhibits consisting of hundreds of Chinese lanterns meticulously handcrafted from silk, steel, and environmentally friendly LED lights. The theme of this year’s event will be “World of Lights”; in addition to highlighting traditional Chinese culture, this spectacular nighttime display will shine a light on a variety of continents and their traditions. Visitors will travel the globe through the incredible artistry of handcrafted Chinese Lanterns and be immersed in the magical world of imagination and illumination. The Festival of Illumination will take guests on a trip through the African Savannahs, the Amazon rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as many beautiful and fascinating regions in between. Visitors will also enjoy live entertainment, a typical Asian Night Marketplace and specialty foods. Beginning on November 26th the Southwick’s Zoo’s traditional Winter Wonderland holiday lights as well as additional holiday themed Chinese Lanterns will be added. Santa will be visiting at his enchanted Village.
The Zigong Lantern Group is the largest Chinese lantern festival group in the world with over 20 years of experience in creating these breathtaking events. Zigong has partnered with locations worldwide including the Dublin Zoo, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, the Nashville Zoo, UK’s Longleat House, and Magnolia Plantation, South Carolina. The group’s artisans will hand craft the lantern displays on-site at Southwick’s Zoo.
The Festival of Illumination – World of Lights is an evening event, 5:30pm -10:00pm. September 2021 to January 3, 2022. Advance ticket purchase is required for this must-see experience! More information please visit www.festivalofillumination.com
Southwick’s Zoo is a privately-owned zoo located at 2 Southwick Street in Mendon, MA and has been a favorite New England destination for over 50 years. The zoo is home to over 850 animals, featuring more than 160 varied species, many of which are endangered. Southwick’s Zoo’s mission is to provide an extensive zoological collection and educational facility for their visitors, offering exciting family fun and entertainment for guests of all ages. www.southwickszoo.com