The North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival will return to Cary's Booth Amphitheatre - for four more years.
The festival, now in its third year in Cary, transforms the outdoor amphitheater with more than 20 lighted displays, each made up of hundreds of parts and thousands of LED lights. A fan favorite - the Chinese Dragon on Symphony Lake - will return. But other displays will be new. The festival also will expand the cultural performances and artesian crafts, which have been featured in past years.
This year, the seven-week event will open Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving, and run through Jan. 14. Tickets, which start at $10, are on sale now.
According to town officials, the event's popularity has grown by "leaps and bounds." Last year, more than 90,000 people visited.
"Because of this outpouring of support, the Town of Cary and Booth Amphitheatre are thrilled to announce the return of this spectacular event to North Carolina for four more years," said Doug McRainey, Town of Cary’s Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, in a press release. "With this agreement in place, we can focus on growing yet another family tradition in Cary with this beautiful event for years to come."