Where to See Chinese Lanterns In Dallas

Merry Christmas! Even though we live in a city with not so-wintry-weather (it was 70+ degrees last week), Dallas can still really get into the holiday mood. We already checked Enchant Christmas off our list, and last week I was eager to revisit one of my favorite Dallas holiday displays – in the form of Chinese lanterns at Holiday Wonder! They did this fantastic Chinese lantern festival a couple of years ago, but I had not seen them do it again. However, I was excited to see that the lanterns made a return this year with some new creations! If you’re ready to see, keep reading to find out where to see Chinese lanterns in Dallas!

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Chinese Lanterns at Holiday Wonder

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  • What: Holiday Wonder lantern festival
  • Where: Fair Park – 1318 S 2nd Ave, Dallas, Texas 75210
  • When: Nov. 21 – Jan. 7 from 5:30-10pm
  • Price: get a Groupon ticket if you can. Normal $20 admin is a bit steep and not worth it when you add the $10 parking fee on top.
  • Time spent: 1 hour. This is a very small park. There are a few other games and activities for young children which could extend your time. If you stay long, be sure to bundle up as the nights can be cold!
  • Pro tip: make a trip out of seeing more of Fair Park! Arrive early to visit its many museums (we checked out the African American Museum) and avoid the parking fee.

What you can find…

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Polar village!

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This lantern nativity scene was so heartwarming! Amidst all the santas, snowmen, and reindeer, this was the perfect reminder of the reason why we celebrate Christmas – to celebrate our Savior’s birth.

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You could even go into the train to pose for pictures. But we didn’t want to wait in line, so this would do!

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In the North Pole, you’d find Santa (of course) where kids could get a picture with him and write him letters. The little lantern mailbox for kids to “mail” their letters is quite cute. I can only imagine the kind of stuff they asked Santa for, haha.

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Dear Santa…

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I LOVED the entire Texan Christmas theme! Hongbo especially remarked on that. I guess if you’re not a native Texan, you won’t immediately understand us…!

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Texan Santa, yeehaw!

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Dallas skyline

My favorite display:

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All the longhorns looked so awesome crossing the pond, especially with that reflection!

Finally, you can walk through the 12 days of Christmas. This would be my second favorite display, as the creativity and colors of each “day” were outstanding.

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And at the end of the 12 days of Christmas, we welcome a new year! Clever!

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I saw the lanterns as a nod to the Chinese community and culture here, which I appreciated. I learned that lanterns are hung up from the eve of Spring Festival (Dec. 29th of lunar year) and not removed until the Lantern Festival (Jan. 15th of lunar New Year). The Lantern Show is an attractive activity around the day of Lantern Festival in many Chinese cities (source). I’m glad we got to experience a bit of this festival here!

Have you been to a Chinese lantern festival? What was your favorite display?

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I went to the Chinese lantern festival in Holiday Wonder and it was a fun Dallas Christmas event. It'll be a Dallas Christmas activity that we will return to in the future!

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