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This amazing winter lantern festival debuts in New York this week

Written by
Jennifer Picht

A Chinese-inspired lantern festival opens at Staten Island’s Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden this week, and it promises to be one of the most spectacular Christmas light displays you’ll see in the city this year.

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Starting Wednesday, November 28, wander through seven acres filled with 40 LED lantern installations in conjunction with live performances like a traditional lion dance, face changing, martial arts, water sleeve dancing and more.

Some of the exhibits you’ll see include a floral Wonderland, Panda Paradise (with pandas, duh), a magical Sea World, a fierce Animal Kingdom, stunning Chinese Lights as well as a festive Holiday Zone with a massive Christmas tree. We're also stoked for the gorgeously electrifying Light Tunnel. 

You will likely want to linger at this picturesque experience (which lasts through January 6, 2019), and luckily there's a food court for when you get the munchies. An on-site gift shop should also help you cross a few things off your holiday shopping list. 

Tickets are $15 to $23, and you can purchase them here.

Photograph: Courtesy Picasa

Photograph: Courtesy Picasa

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