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The Asian Lantern Festival: Into The Wild Returning To Central Florida Zoo

This holiday season as darkness falls, The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Sanford will once again transform into the spectacular Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild!

On select nights from November 18, 2022 – January 15, 2023, experience the Zoo like you’ve never seen it before, as one of the most anticipated and beloved holiday events of 2021 is back for another year of magic.

The festival features dozens of larger-than-life, hand-crafted lanterns that are lit by thousands of LED lights, resulting in a gorgeous display of color, light and sound that celebrates traditional Asian lantern festivals.

The lanterns are situated on a loop around the Zoo, providing a truly unique take on a holiday lights show that will leave attendees clamoring to come back again and again with friends and family, and the Zoo say that nearly all of the lanterns will be new to the festival this year, so past attendees will have plenty to capture their senses.

This year the Central Florida Zoo have teamed up with Florida grocery store, Publix.

“This is a cornerstone event for us at the Central Florida Zoo,” said CEO Richard E. Glover, Jr. “It’s dazzling, fun and educational. It’s a true community event, and partnering with Publix just made sense. We’re excited to have them and thrilled to offer those in Central Florida the opportunity to enjoy this spectacular event again.”

“We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild Series coming to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens,” said Hannah Herring, Publix media relations manager. “At Publix, we have a history of caring for our customers, associates and communities. We are excited to sponsor an event for the entire family to enjoy this holiday season.”

Tickets must be purchased online. Limited tickets are available per night.

For more information about the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, visit

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is home to over 300 animals in Sanford, Florida. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in conservation, providing experiences that excite and inspire adults and children to learn and act on behalf of wildlife.


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