Southwick’s Zoo to light up New England with new Chinese Festival of Illumination – News – Milford Daily News

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Southwick’s Zoo is adding a “World of Lights” event later this year, a 14-week Chinese Festival of Illumination.

MENDON – Southwick’s Zoo is adding a “World of Lights” event later this year, a 14-week Chinese Festival of Illumination featuring lanterns handcrafted by the award-winning Zigong Lantern Group.

The event will take place from late September and run through early January 2021, zoo officials announced in a press release. During that time, the zoo will be illuminated by custom-built exhibits consisting of a multitude of Chinese lanterns constructed from silk, steel and environmentally-friendly LED lights.

The theme of this year’s event will be “Around the World.” In addition to highlighting traditional Chinese culture, the nighttime display will shine a light on a variety of regions and their traditions.

Guests will also experience live acrobatic performances, a global marketplace and specialty foods.

The Zigong Lantern Group is the world’s largest lantern manufacturer. Its displays have been featured at the Dublin Zoo, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, the Nashville Zoo and the UK’s Longleat House. Artisans will arrive at Southwick’s Zoo sometime this summer to craft the lantern displays on-site.

“World of Lights” will be open each Wednesday to Sunday, from Sept. 30 to Jan. 3. Tickets go on sale at on May 1.

Privately-owned Southwick’s Zoo is home to more than 850 animals, featuring more than 160 varied species, many of which are endangered. The zoo’s mission is to provide an extensive zoological collection and educational facility, striving to promote an exciting and entertaining environment for a memorable experience for visitors.


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