ATLANTA – (October 28, 2016) Continuing the celebration of Centennial Olympic Park’s 20th anniversary, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) is lighting up Downtown Atlanta’s crown jewel with a new winter event – the Southeast’s first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival, kicking off Dec. 9 and running through Jan. 15, from 6p.m. -11p.m. each night.
South Park, including the Southern Company Amphitheater, will be illuminated with 25 decorative lanterns, handcrafted giant flowers, a three-story pagoda and a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon.
“As active members of the Centennial Park District, we are thrilled to partner with the Georgia World Congress Center Authority to bring a new, exciting event to the neighborhood. This holiday season, families can come to the District to enjoy the festival and all that surrounds it, including attractions like SkyView. We hope this becomes a tradition metro Atlanta can enjoy for years to come,” said Todd Schneider, Managing Partner of SkyView Atlanta.
All of the colorful creations featured in the Chinese Lantern Festival are constructed by artisans from China and will make the Park come alive each night. Craftsmen will be stationed at booths throughout the Park to create items ranging from edible sugar dragons to Chinese paintings. The festival also promises nightly live entertainment, including acrobatics, dancers, theatre, and more.
“We are pleased to host the Chinese Lantern Festival as it perfectly complements our other holiday programs. Centennial Olympic Park is continuously striving to add new features that serve the interests of the community and we believe the Chinese Lantern Festival will be a favorite attraction this holiday season,” said Joe Bocherer, GWCCA’s Chief Commercial Officer.
In addition to the radiant displays of the Chinese Lantern Festival, attendees are invited to explore other Park and nearby attractions such as the Centennial Olympic Park Ice Rink and Holiday in Lights display, award-winning dining options, and the SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel.