Blog by Maura Lynn Rowin

Looking for something special to do with the family this holiday season? Check out The Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens! This family-friendly Festival is a stunning cultural experience and an Orlando North must-do!

The Asian Lantern Festival is a visual delight featuring gorgeous illuminated lanterns, thousands of twinkling lights, and massive hand-made lantern displays that have transformed the grounds of the Zoo. The gorgeous visual ambiance is enhanced by beautiful music, including some live performances, and fun interactive experiences like swinging on a dazzling LED swing. The experience is great for all ages, and our entire family loved it!


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Here are some things to know before you go:

  • The Festival takes place outside along a 3/4 mile path. Guests should wear comfortable shoes and dress to be outdoors.
  • This event is both stroller and wheelchair friendly.
  • The Festival often sells out, so purchasing tickets in advance online is recommended.
  • Food and drink are available for purchase.

The Asian Lantern Festival is happening now through January 14th. Don’t miss this beautiful and unique Do Orlando North experience. Find tickets here Asian Lantern Festival Tickets

Follow along on our night at the Central Florida Zoo’s Asian Lantern Festival


Maura is a Sunshine State mama of 3 boys living 5 miles from the magic in the Disney designed town of Celebration, FL. Her social channels are a haven of theme park magic, travel adventures, and Central Florida Fun mixed with motherhood, and a dash of style and beauty. She shares her adventures on her Instagram @mauralynn1 and on her blog Sunshine & Pixie Dust at