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Tickets now on sale for Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild, presented by Publix at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

SANFORD, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2023) — There’s great news for those who are already planning their holiday event calendar this year – tickets are now on sale for Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild, one of the most popular holiday events of the past few years. The event, a Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens tradition, will run on select nights from November 17, 2023 to January 14, 2024. Publix is the presenting sponsor.


The festival features dazzling, larger-than-life handcrafted lanterns illuminated in the night by thousands of LED lights. Situated around the Zoo on a 3/4-mile loop, they delight visitors with an incredible display of color, light and sound celebrating traditional Asian lantern festivals.


Guests can purchase tickets here or visit for more information. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance in order to lock in the best rates and secure preferred dates and times. The event has grown in popularity each year, and nearly every night sold out in 2022.


This year’s event will include all-new lanterns, including a section featuring dinosaur lanterns, so even those who have attended in the past will have a whole new experience.


“We’re thrilled to offer those in Central Florida the opportunity to enjoy this spectacular event for a fourth time. Almost every lantern is new again this year,” said CEO Richard E. Glover, Jr. “This is a cornerstone event for us at the Central Florida Zoo, and it truly is a community event. Collaborating with Publix again makes this year’s event even more special.”


The festival started in 2019 and was not held in 2020. This is the second year Publix will serve as the presenting sponsor.


“It’s exciting to return as the presenting sponsor for the Asian Lantern Festival at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens,” said Hannah Herring, Publix media relations manager. “We love being part of this holiday tradition with our customers, associates and the community.”


There are several opportunities for groups looking to experience the magic of the event, as well. Discounted pricing is available for groups of 15 or more on a single night. Event packages with catering and private spaces are also available for corporate events or holiday parties. And, select opportunities for full buyouts are available.


Those interested in group events should email


The festival is presented in partnership with Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc. For more information about the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, visit


For high-resolution photos and video of last year’s event, click here.


About the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens 

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, creating connections that inspire people to take action for wildlife. More information is available at


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