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Festival of Illumination World of Lights

November 26, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Festival of Illumination is a must see experience for guests of all ages; New England’s largest and premier lantern showcase!

Beginning this September running thru to Jan. 3, 2022, Southwick’s Zoo will be illuminated by hundreds of lanterns and custom-built exhibits constructed from silk, steel and environmentally-friendly LED lights. The theme of this year’s Festival of Illumination is a “World of Lights – Our Continents and their Cultures.” In addition to highlighting traditional culture, this spectacular night-time display will shine a light on a variety of continents and their traditions.

Travel the globe through the incredible artistry of handcrafted Chinese Lanterns and immerse yourself in the magical world of imagination and illumination. The Festival of Illumination will take you on a trip through the African Savannahs, the Amazon rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, as well as many beautiful and fascinating regions in between. Visitors will also enjoy live entertainment, a typical Asian Night Marketplace and specialty foods.

Starting on Nov. 26, 2021 through Jan. 3, 2022  Southwick’s Zoo’s traditional Winter Wonderland’s holiday lights, as well as additional holiday themed Chinese Lanterns, will be added. Santa will be visiting at his Enchanted Village.

The Chinese Lantern Festival is a centuries-old tradition, celebrated beginning in 206 B.C. featuring spectacular illuminated displays from history and mythology; the displays are incredibly detailed and intricately constructed, with some lanterns as large as 60 feet tall and 300 feet in length.

Here at Southwick’s Zoo, the Festival of Illumination fully engages in maintaining the charm of the century-old traditions, while integrating modern technologies and craftsmanship, resulting in a most unique and amazing display, rich in cultural and artistic expression.


November 26, 2021
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Southwick’s Zoo
2 Southwick Street
Mendon, MA 01592 United States
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