Now through the end of 2022, Festival of Illumination guests at Southwick’s Zoo will be immersed in the magical world of impressive and “larger than life” illumination exhibits, showcasing the incredible artistry of handcrafted Chinese Lanterns! This years’ theme “Once Upon a Time”, an epic journey of forgotten stories, featuring Myths, Legends and Fairytales from around the globe, a must-see and incredible event for guests of all ages!

Southwick’s Zoo has once again partnered with the award-winning Zigong Lantern Group to create yet another one-of-a-kind premier Chinese Lantern Festival.

  • Breathtaking lantern exhibits
  • Chinese Acrobats
  • Asian Night Market
  • Interactive Exhibits
  • Specialty Foods and more
  • Beginning on November 26th guest can also enjoy the addition of Southwick’s Zoo’s traditional Winter Wonderland holiday lights as well as holiday themed Chinese Lanterns.

The Festival of Illumination “Once Upon a Time” is an evening event, 5:30pm -10:00pm, Wednesday through Sunday, September 1 to December 31, 2022. Advance ticket purchase is recommended for this must-see experience!

Online Tickets
  • $27pp (Save $5 per ticket off at door prices)
  • Under age 3: Free
  • Limited Time: Save $5 per ticket on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Use code “dragon”
  • No refunds: Rain or Shine

Southwick’s Zoo
Mendon, MA

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