It’s Back for 2019: Atlanta Chinese Lantern Festival Lights Up Centennial Park [Video]

Do not miss the returning Chinese Lantern Festival, bringing 25 amazing and HUGE lanterns to Centennial Olympic Park for the winter.

New to this year’s festival are interactive lanterns that visitors can touch and experience up close. The festival also promises nightly entertainment, including acrobatics, dancers, theatrical performances, and more.



The Southeast’s first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival kicks off Nov 22 and runs through Jan. 5, from 6p.m. -11p.m. each night.

25 decorative lanterns, handcrafted giant flowers, a three-story pagoda and a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon will deck the South Park area including the amphitheater. All of the colorful creations featured in the Chinese Lantern Festival are constructed by artisans from China and will make the Park come alive each night.

Craftsmen will be stationed at booths throughout the Park to create items ranging from edible sugar dragons to Chinese paintings. The festival also promises nightly live entertainment, including acrobatics, dancers, theatre, and more. Get your tickets here.

2019 will also include the Atlanta ChristKindl Market– A celebration of German culture featuring traditional products such as ornaments, toys, and decorations, culinary delights, and entertainment!

foto Fred Ernst

“We are pleased to host the Chinese Lantern Festival as it perfectly complements our other holiday programs. Centennial Olympic Park is continuously striving to add new features that serve the interests of the community and we believe the Chinese Lantern Festival will be a favorite attraction this holiday season,” said Joe Bocherer, GWCCA’s Chief Commercial Officer.


Lesli Peterson

Lesli Peterson

Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale.

After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.

Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.
Lesli Peterson

20 Comments on "It’s Back for 2019: Atlanta Chinese Lantern Festival Lights Up Centennial Park [Video]"

  1. do you actually get to light a latern ?

  2. marybethmarybeth | 11/01/2017 at 9:42 pm | Reply

    on web search said year 2016
    I am buying plane tickets all my family is meeting in Atlanta Georgia for this and I have to have specific dates and times this year
    Atlanta 2017

  3. Is there any information about parking close to the festival, restaurants for early dinner, or list of programs & merchants (map)? We are so looking forward to seeing.

  4. Are dogs allowed to this event?

  5. Can you purchase tickets at the park?

  6. Will we be able to see some of the lanterns, etc. if we do not buy tix? We’re a bit older and after getting to the market and shopping, I doubt we’ll have the energy to attend this event but would like “a look at some of the beautiful lanterns”!! Thank you

    • You can see a hint of them through the fence, but they are all in an area you can’t get to unless you buy tickets.

  7. Leigh Cosby | 11/24/2019 at 12:12 pm | Reply

    Can you buy tickets at the park?

  8. Are tripods allowed for taking night photos?

  9. Going with small children- what kind of food options are there at the festival? The website says “Authentic Chinese cuisine”

    • Lesli Peterson Lesli Peterson | 11/24/2019 at 5:35 pm | Reply

      In the market right outside the lanterns you’ll find hotdogs, German pretzels, hot cocoa, etc.

  10. Jose Perez | 11/26/2019 at 9:54 pm | Reply

    Can you buy tickets at the park ?

  11. Do you have to arrive right at 6:00 as the ticket reads? Or show up when you want throughout the evening? I wish they had the schedules for the nightly entertainment!

  12. Is it a specific time when do they do the acrobat shows, etc?

  13. Can you purchase tickets at the park

  14. Jamaica Tobar | 12/31/2019 at 6:19 pm | Reply

    Is there foos In the gates

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