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NC Chinese Lantern Festival closing early due to weather

The festival includes more than 20 displays, each one comprised of hundreds of parts, and thousands of LED lights.

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Kathy Hanrahan
CARY, N.C. — The North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival will close early Wednesday night due to the threat of winter weather in the Triangle.

The festival, which includes more than 20 LED displays, will close at 9 p.m. - an hour earlier than usual, organizers announced. Box office sales will close at 8 p.m. Chinese cultural performances, which include a contortionist, face-changing artist, drummers and plate spinners, will take place at 6:30 p.m and 7:30 p.m.

Any tickets purchased in advance will be honored for remaining festival dates through Jan. 14.

This is the third year the festival has lit up Cary's Booth Amphitheatre. Each lantern is made by hand on silk fabric stretched over steel frames and then lit with hundreds of LED lights. All lanterns were made exclusively for the festival and shipped in from China.

NC Chinese Lantern Festival

The Floating Dragon, which sits on Symphony Lake, is longer than three school buses and weights 18,000 pounds.

The festival's normal hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

NC Chinese Lantern Festival

Tickets are $15 for people ages 18 years and older. Festival-goers age 3 to 17 can get tickets for $10 each, while children ages 2 years and younger are admitted free.

Tickets can be purchased through etix.com or Booth Amphitheatre Box Office. Tickets purchased online do have fees per ticket.


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