My favorite part about December is all the Christmas Lights! Add that plus my love of traveling the world, and the perfect thing just opened up on December 9th! The Chinese Lantern Festival! Admittedly, I thought it was going to be the kind of lantern that floats up into the sky (which it wasn’t), but it was still gorgeous and a perfect way to play with my new 360 camera! So if you’re looking for things to do in Atlanta! This is it! So here’s how to make the most of it! It’s only around until January 15th!
Before you go!
First, buy your tickets online, so you don’t have to wait in line. It was opening night when I went, and the line was about 30 feet long. So if you have tickets, skip the line! Go to the right, and someone can scan it off of your phone!
It’s $21 (plus a $2.04 fee) for a combo ticket for the Lantern Festival and Ice Skating, $22 (plus a $2.09 fee) for Skyview and Lantern Festival combo ticket, $16 (plus a $1.79 fee) for adults, $12 (plus a $1.59 fee) for children, and for a family of 4, you all pay kid prices!
Make sure you bundle up! It is cooooold!
So you’ve made the decision to go see some pretty stuff! Good idea. You’re welcome to drive or uber there, but I took Marta because I’m cheap! The two closest stops are Peachtree Center on the Red/Yellow line or Dome/GWCC/Phillips Arena on the Blue/Green line. It’s about a 10 minute walk. We asked a nice police officer, and used GPS to get there!
Don’t waste your time walking the wrong way! It’s too cold for that! The entrance is right across from Flats and near Skyview. Make sure you head that direction once you see the lights (left for us coming from Peachtree Center), because we went right and had to walk ALL the way around. Bummer.
Once you’re there!
I don’t think you need directions on how to look at lights, but I think you should be aware that there are some things besides the lights! They have artisans selling their wares, musicians playing Chinese instruments, and some drinks to warm you up! Bring your ID if you want to try the Santa’s Sugar Cookie drink to warm you up 🙂
How long do you have?
The Festival is only open until January 15th, but it’s everyday from 6 pm to 10 pm. If you were interested in the Ice Skating, it’s everyday as well. It has a complicated time schedule, but it’s also open everyday, but it stops on January 8th.
I hope you have fun!