NYC Winter Lantern Festival Coming to Long Island This Year

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Photo Credit: Kaleido Arts & Entertainment Group

The NYC Winter Lantern Festival, a vibrant Chinese-inspired holiday light show, will dazzle families at two locations on Long Island this fall and winter.

Starting Nov. 3, the bright, colorful lantern installations will return to Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn, which will offer a drive-thru experience for guests to enjoy. And beginning Nov. 4, the artistic event will debut at Smithtown Historical Society as the Suffolk Winter Lantern Festival.

“Lantern festivals have been a part of Chinese culture and history for thousands of years, honoring our ancestors and celebrating peace, prosperity, and good fortune,” said Haokun Liu, partner of Kaleido Arts & Entertainment Group, which created and owns NYC Winter Lantern Festival. 

“We are thrilled to bring back the NYC Winter Lantern Festival, now in its fourth year, expand to new locations, introduce all visitors to the beauty of these artisan installations, and have the show become part of New York’s cultural holiday tradition,” he added.

The lantern festivals will feature more than 10,000 Chinese-inspired, LED artisan lanterns with live performances and on-site food vendors at certain locations.

nyc winter lantern festival
Photo Credit: Kaleido Arts & Entertainment Group

NYC Winter Lantern Festival Details

The “Nassau Drive-Thru Adventure” – located at One Museum Dr. in Roslyn – will run from Oct. 21, 2022 to Jan. 15, 2023. The drive-through-only, outer space-inspired show will have visitors drive between planets, rockets, astronauts, and more.

It will be open Thursdays to Sundays, 5 to 9 p.m. From Dec. 23, 2022 to Jan. 1, 2023, hours will be daily from 5 to 9 p.m. The cost is $50 plus tax per vehicle.

New this year, the “Suffolk Winter Lantern Festival” – located at 239 E. Main St. in Smithtown – will run from Nov. 4, 2022 to Jan. 8, 2023. It will transform Smithtown into a magical lights display featuring flowers, animals, and more.

The show will be open Friday to Sundays from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $22 plus tax for adults and $12 plus tax for children.

Other NYC Lantern Festival locations this season will include the Queens County Farm Museum in Queens and SIUH Community Park in Staten Island.

Through Nov. 11, use the promo code “EARLYP” to get 30% off tickets, which are available at winterlanternfestival.com.

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