This Glowing Wonderland Is About to Go Away

Feast your eyes on the Chinese Lantern Festival before it’s too late

This weekend is your last chance to visit the vast menagerie of glowing animals, plants, and creatures at the Chinese Lantern Festival. Hundreds of craftsman in China labored to create the enormous art objects, whose origins go back thousands of years.

The towering sculptures are set in acres of lakes, hills, and natural landscape tucked into a corner of the Fairplex in Pomona.

The showstopper is a 300-foot-long dragon spouting steam from its animated head as it peers from side to side. Kids can even ride growling animatronic dragons in their own pen.

The festival also offers traditional music and dance from several countries in Asia, and an artist’s alley where you can purchase elaborate confections of spun sugar, traditional “dough” figurines, and elaborate Chinese knot art. Old Western-style booths left over from the county fair have been turned into giant take-out containers where you can purchase noodles or beer.

The show leaves Sunday, January 5, for a U.S. tour, so you’ll have to make other plans for Lunar New Year on January 25. Gung hay fat choy!

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