Festival of Illumination at Southwick’s Zoo Through 1/3!

Southwick’s Zoo will be illuminated by hundreds of lanterns and custom-built exhibits constructed from silk, steel, and environmentally- friendly LED lights. The theme of this year’s Festival of Illumination is a “World of Lights – Our Continents and their Cultures.” In addition to highlighting traditional culture, this spectacular night-time display will shine a light on a variety of continents and their traditions.

The lantern exhibits will take you on a trip through:
  • African Savannahs
  • Amazon rainforest
  • Great Barrier Reef of Australia
  • And beautiful and fascinating regions in between

Guests of all ages will also enjoy live entertainment, a typical Asian Night Marketplace and specialty foods.​

The Chinese Lantern Festival is a centuries-old tradition, celebrated beginning in 206 B.C. The festival is featuring spectacular illuminated displays from history and mythology; the displays are incredibly detailed and intricately constructed, with some lanterns as large as 60 feet tall and 300 feet in length.

Starting on November 26th, 2021 through January 3rd, 2022 Southwick’s Zoo’s traditional Winter Wonderland’s holiday lights, as well as additional holiday themed Chinese Lanterns, will be added. Santa will be visiting at his Enchanted Village.

  • Online Tickets: $25/person (Ages 3 years+)
  • Children 2 years and under are Free
  • Date & Time Specific Entry
  • Admission at the door: $30/person

September 23, 2021 – January 3, 2022

Southwick Zoo Festival of Illumination
2 Southwick St
Mendon, MA


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