RACINE — The Chinese Lantern Festival at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., opens Tuesday, Oct. 1, and stays on exhibit through Dec. 31.

Attendees can take a stroll around the Racine Zoo to view works of art. From tigers, lions, pandas, exotic flora and a colossal dragon, the zoo will be transformed into a world of illumination with custom-made lanterns. Food and beverages will be available.

Festival hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday (last entry at 9 p.m.), and 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday (last entry at 10 p.m.). The event will be closed Oct. 28; Mondays, Nov. 4-Dec. 9, and Dec. 23-25.

Advance tickets for the rain or shine event cost $20 for ages 16 and older, $15 for seniors 62 and older and$12 for ages 3-15. Tickets cost $5 more at the door. There is no charge for ages 2 and younger. Season passes cost $50 for adults and seniors, and $30 for children. Group tickets are also available. For advance tickets, go to racinezoo.org/lantern-festival.

Purchasing tickets for the Lantern Festival does not permit entry to Racine Zoo during the day. The animals at the zoo will not be visible during the Lantern Festival experience.

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  • Starting Tuesday, October 1st, 2019, repeats every day until Tuesday, December 31, 2019 — all day


Racine Zoo

2131 N. Main St.
Racine, WI

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