NYC Winter Lantern Festival returns to Queens County Farm for the holiday season

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Illuminate the Farm is returning to Queens County Farm on Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (Photo courtesy of Queens Farm)

Experience a dazzling display of lights and illuminated Chinese lanterns — all handmade by artisans with decades of dedication to their craft — at the annual NYC Winter Lantern Festival at Queens County Farm this holiday season. 

Illuminate the Farm at the Queens County Farm Museum, located at 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., will be open Nov. 11 through Jan. 8, 2023, Friday through Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 23 to Jan. 1, 2023, daily from 5 to 9 p.m.

Visitors can expect a luminescent display inspired by theme parks and Chinese myths and legends, along with illuminated tunnels, illuminated rideable swings and much more. 

This is one of four events the Winter Lantern Festival will be hosting in New York starting in October for the holiday season. Other locations include Staten Island, Nassau County and Suffolk County. 

The NYC Winter Lantern Festival, created by Kaleido Arts & Entertainment Group, will open throughout the fall on various dates based on location, featuring a total of over 10,000 LED Chinese-inspired artisan lanterns, along with live performances at select locations and on-site food vendors. 

“Lantern festivals have been a part of Chinese culture and history for thousands of years, honoring our ancestors and celebrating peace, prosperity and good fortune,” said Haokun Liu, partner of Kaleido Arts & Entertainment Group. “We are thrilled to bring back the NYC Winter Lantern Festival, now in its fourth year, expand to new locations, introduce all visitors to the beauty of these artisan installations, and have the show become part of New York’s cultural holiday tradition.”

NYC Winter Lantern Festival will feature over 10,000 handmade Chinese lanterns created by over 100 artists, illuminated by LED lights that can reach up to 30 feet high across a total of 60 acres. 

Tickets for the Queens County Farm are $26.99 per person, plus a $2 service fee, and youth tickets (ages 3-12) are $17.99, plus a $2 service fee.

Tickets are available now at winterlanternfestival.com. Use the promo code “EARLYP” from now until Nov. 11 for 30% off.