A couple of weeks ago, my family and I headed to the Los Angeles Fairgrounds in Pomona to check out the Chinese Lantern Festival which will be lighting up evenings through January 6. When I think of the Holidays, I think of looking at pretty light displays. This year’s theme was “the wild” so there were several animal light up displays throughout the campus. What I loved about this exhibit was that you were allowed to walk right up to the displays which made for some pretty amazing photos.
Right when you enter, you are greeted by a gorgeous dolphin archway. At the end of the archway is a stage where the the Kung Fu performance happens twice a night. The majority of the exhibits are up the hill the opposite direction of the stage. It doesn’t look like much from the bottom of the hill, but the displays just kept on going as we twisted and turned. The hill was a big loop so we ended up where we started, so you don’t have to worry about getting lost. At the top of the hill, you’ll find the shadow puppet show which was gorgeous and not your typical shadow puppet theater. The shows filled up fast so if you want to grab a good seat, arrive early!
Our favorite exhibit were the dinosaurs! They actually had little dinosaurs that you could ride and bigger dinosaurs that you could climb on like playground equipment. Many of the dinosaurs moved animatronically and there were several selfie spots along the way.
If you walk back through the dolphin arch and back by the stage, there is an entire lower section of lights. These were some of the most breathtaking exhibits since they reflected so beautifully off the water. There is also an additional exit from the lower lot so I would recommend seeing these exhibits right before you leave.
Additional items for purchase: we saw almost ever kid walk around with one of these $1 light up balloons. They were super cool to look at and they were sturdier than your average balloon. There is also a huge inflatable jumper/obstacle course and orb floating ball area. Each activity is $5, but you do get unlimited access to the jumper under the $5 price. This might be a good option if one member of your party wants to take a break from looking at lights for a bit.
Logisitics: The Chinese Lantern Festival is open Thursdays through Sundays from 5:30-10:00pm through January 6. On site parking is available for $12 a car. No outside food or beverage is allowed, but they do have a couple of food stands inside arena. The main food stand is right by the entrance serving Asian rice plates in addition to hot dogs and nachos.
Hanart Chinese Lantern Festival
Thursdays – Sundays from November 15, 2018 to January 6, 2019 – Including Holidays
Fairplex at Pomona – 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768
You can find the Chinese Lantern Festival on instagram, facebook, and twitter. My family received complimentary tickets to the Chinese Lantern Festival in exchange for an honest review. You can find a closer look on our Instagram Story Highlights.