by Alex Lloyd Gross
June 21, 2022
Tonight is the opening of the Chinese Lantern Festival which will run for about a month at Franklin Square which is at 6th and Race Streets. It seems a bit smaller this year but it is still worth while. During the media preview last night, there were exhibits that returned from previous visits. Then there were new things. A drum for example, that had lights triggered to it to flash each time someone banged the drum. The large dragon , of course returns for another year.
Throughout the evening, people would stop and take photos of the exhibits and selfies. This is a photographers paradise. It’s best to go just before dark and watch the sun set and the displays come to life. Archways that serve as a passage to a different area, like illuminated fireworks exploding in trees or an angel .
While you are there you can do around of mini golf or ride the carousel. This is a place for kids of all ages. Adults like to play mini golf and like to ride the carousel. These attractions are extra and not included in the price of admission. The park closes at about 10:00 PM.
There are tons of places to eat and you can get everything from Asian food to a Philly Steak Sandwich. With the price of gas skyrocketing, people are looking to save money and this event is able to help you do that. When you visit the souvenir stand, the most expensive item is a cool paperweight It is heavy and will set you back $40.00 . T shirts are $30.00 and a Chinese Lantern that can bet put over a battery operated flicker light is about $3.00.
A view from the carousel of some of the festivities.
New this year also is a security screening that people have to go through to enter. The cost is $20.00 per person. Seniors and children, military are $18.00. You can buy tickets here
The show runs until August 7, 2022 . It is highly advised you purchase tickets in advance. In the daytime, it is free to walk through. By 5:00 PM the park is cleared of visitors. There is no reentry.