China Light Festival is a premium service provider for world-class lantern and light festivals. We organize beautiful light displays, festivals, and exhibits in zoos, botanical gardens, fairgrounds, and other venues around the world.

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Lantern festivals

Using various new themes and modern lighting techniques, we combine this ancient tradition and lantern making skill with new creative ideas to ensure each festival is always entertaining.

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Besides lantern festivals, we also provide specific themed lantern decorations such as Christmas light festival upgrades, lantern rentals for special events, and special souvenirs.


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National Museum of Natural History, Paris. Jardin des Plantes: 2 place Valhubert - 75005 Paris. From November 18, 2019 to January 19, 2020, every day, except 24 and 31 December 2019

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Zoo Antwerp, Belguim. ZOO Antwerpen, Koningin Astridplein 20-26, 2018 Antwerpen, Belgium. from November 29th, 2019 to January 12th, 2020

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Cologne Zoological Garden, Germany.
Kölner Zoo, Riehler Str. 173, 50735 Köln, Germany.
From December 7, 2019 to January19, 2020

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Latest Blog Posts


As the largest Chinese lantern festival producer in Europe, China Light Festival B.V. is proud to share our cultural tradition that dates back nearly 2,000 years to the Eastern Han Dynasty.

There are countless legends and myths surrounding the Lantern Festival that have survived the centuries, which is a testament to both China’s rich oral traditions and the festival’s historically mysterious origins.

Leaders throughout China’s history have also played a key role in influencing and maintaining the lantern traditions.

During the Ming Dynasty (1368 AD – 1644 AD), Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang introduced the floating lanterns and had citizens place thousands of them in the Qinhuai River.
There’s even a legend of the Lantern Festival’s origins that involved a Jade Emperor (You Di) who accused a village of killing his goose and planned to burn it down as punishment for their crime. However, a spirit intervened and told the villagers to light lanterns across the town on the day the emperor planned to burn their village. When the emperor arrived, the lanterns made it appear as though the village was already consumed by fire, and so he left it behind unharmed. The village was spared, and to show their gratitude to the spirit, the villagers celebrated every year by decorating their homes with lanterns.

What Makes A Lantern

Although the most recognizable lantern is the illuminated orb, artisans became more ambitious with their designs and soon developed complex shapes and colossal sizes.

A lantern’s main structure is typically made of bamboo, wood rattan or wire, while the shades are made of silk or paper are typically red with decorative gold designs symbolizing warmth, happiness, and good fortune. A common festival activity is solving riddles hidden away in the lanterns, which, if answered correctly, will earn you a small gift!

Food & Lantern Festivals

Chinese New Year Family Dinner

There are many activities that are commonly associated with the Lantern Festival, though no celebration is complete without food.

Enter the yuanxiao, a delicious rice ball filled with nuts or fruits that is traditionally found in Northern China. Its round shape and the bowls they are served in symbolize togetherness. These tasty treats also appear in Southern China but are called tangyuan and are molded into a flat circle before getting wrapped around a filling that can be either sweet or savory. While yuanxiao only use sweet fillings like red bean or jujube paste, the tangyuan can be stuffed with minced meats or vegetables.

Whether you like them fried, steamed, or drenched in delicious syrup, these wonderful festival treats are a key part of any lantern festival.

Chinese New Year Celebration

While you’re admiring the beautiful lanterns or enjoying a tasty rice ball, festival-goers can expect to see plenty of exciting spectacles such as lion and dragon dances, parades made up of thousands of singers or performers, and even fireworks.

It’s a celebration that often stretches from sunset to the early hours of the morning and, although China Light Festivals can’t quite capture all the aspects of these events, we still strive to help share the culture and artistry that inspires them.

We hope you learned a thing or two and wish you all having a bright and healthy year!

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