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Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience

Franklin Park Zoo

Through November 15, 5:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Thank you to everyone who attended Boston Lights 2020! Be sure to join our email list for updates on next year's Boston Lights experience.

About Boston Lights

Experience the wonder of over 50 magnificent displays comprised of hundreds of beautifully crafted lanterns spanning Franklin Park Zoo's 72 acres. The first of its kind in New England, our lantern experience will dazzle and delight guests of all ages!

We invite you to walk (socially distanced, of course) through a luminous 66-foot-long shark tunnel, dramatic entrance arches, radiant flower gardens, and traditional Asian lantern scenes. Glimmering butterflies, whimsical ocean scenes and a majestic 197-foot-long dragon will light up the night sky. Little entertainers can even make their own music on a giant step-and-play piano! 

Please respect the beauty of the lights and do not touch the lanterns.

Shining a Light on Biodiversity

Boston Lights shines a light on the importance of conserving the incredible biodiversity on our planet. From snow leopards to Panamanian golden frogs to local Blanding’s turtles, each species plays a role in healthy ecosystems. Visitors to Boston Lights will have the opportunity to learn more about our commitment to conservation and ways they can participate in wildlife and habitat preservation. 

Lantern Creation

We worked with Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc. on creating these larger-than-life displays at Boston Lights. Each and every lantern involves a labor of love (and skill!) to create. Artisans and skilled professionals work as a team to design full-scale displays, sew and glue colorful fabrics, hand-paint intricate details on each lantern, model and assemble steel frames for each lantern's structure, install thousands of LED light bulbs, and more.

Take a look at this floral display “blooming”!

Color a Lantern!

"In Chinese culture, different colors represent different meanings, and the color choices in some of our lantern displays conforms to these traditions. For example, the color red is a symbol of good fortune and happiness, the color yellow represents power and prosperity, and green stands for eco-friendliness and harmony."

What color combinations would you use to create your own lanterns? Visit the Tianyu website to color your own angel's wings, Asian dragon, and more!
Source: Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc.