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This November, the Chinese Lantern Festival returns for the holiday season to the Pomona Fairplex with its brand-new illuminated production themed “Blooming Seasons”. Bigger and brighter stunning lanterns, up to 30 feet high, include an 85-foot-wide lantern arch, 100-yard-long breathtaking Ceramic Chinese Dragon, along with ridable “mythical creatures” children’s rides — all on display from the Glade to Lagoon at Fairplex Pomona from Thursday, November 21 – Sunday, January 5, 2020.
“New for this year, guests will experience a unique light display inspired by nature,” says George Zhao, producer of the Chinese Lantern Festival. “Guests will journey deep into a vast wonderland from exotic flowers, trees, plants, insects, mammals to reptiles. It’s the four seasons of nature, plus an assortment of animals that correspond to their given environment.”
Inspired by the art of Chinese lantern making, dating back 2,000 years ago, guests will experience a vibrant light show with mixed-media lanterns. Throughout the hillside, brilliant lanterns depicting the Amazon Jungle, fruit tree groves, peach blossoms, maple leaves, poppies, cactuses, squirrels, foxes, and more. Each lantern is made of modern materials and eco-friendly technology with brilliantly-lit colored LED lightbulbs, musical enhancements and sound effects, plus visual moving parts to create larger-than-life imaginative shapes.
The Magical Chinese Lantern Festival will also feature:
- Mythical creature rides for children
- Food and concessions
- Authentic live Chinese folk musical concert and traditional dance show
- Holiday displays, including your photo taken with lantern Santa Claus
- Folk art souvenir booths
Magical Chinese Lantern Festival
by Hanart Culture
Thursdays – Sundays from November 21- December 15, 2019
Nightly December 19, 2019 -January 5, 2020, Including Holidays
Fairplex at Pomona
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
Gates open from 5:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m. with the last admission at 9:20 p.m. Fairplex parking is $12. Follow along at @ChineseLanternFest on Instagram, Facebook.com/chineselanternfestival and #ChineseLanternFestival. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.
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About Hanart Culture
Hanart Culture is a producer/management agent of live theatrical entertainment. They exclusively represent performing artists and attractions, and arrange touring throughout North America. Hanart Culture handles different aspects of performance solicitation, negotiation and contracting engagements, as well as post-booking services (i.e. supplying press, photos, etc.) to make every performance a success. “Han” is the largest nationality of China; “Art” stands for a variety of art styles, including Kung Fu, Acrobatics, folk musical, folk dance etc.
History of Lantern Festival
The Lantern Festival is one of China’s most traditional celebrations with the art of Chinese lantern making dating back to the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. – 220 A.D.). “These gorgeous lanterns have evolved through the centuries, from when they were used for lighting, to an art form all their own. Chinese lanterns are a cherished part of festivals and celebrations world-wide and we are proud to bring the Hanart Culture Chinese Lantern Festival to Southern California,” said George Zhao, president of Hanart Culture. A lantern’s construction will vary according to its purpose. From the finest silk or glass over the best wood used in Palaces, to the red gauze stretched over bamboo in the more traditional red lanterns recognized around the globe. Shadow-picture lanterns use a paper wheel inside which turns when heated, creating moving pictures around the outside of the lantern. Today, these lanterns are made of modern materials and technology with brilliantly lit colored LED light bulbs, musical enhancements and sound effects, and visual moving parts to create larger-than-life imaginative shapes. Furthermore, four ceramic elephants made of 3,200 kitchen utensils such as dishes, bowls, spoons and wine cups will be on display.