July 6

North Carolina's Favorite Holiday Event Will Return to Koka Booth Amphitheatre this November!

The North Carolina Chinese Lantern will be back for a seven-week run to light up Cary once again.








  • The region’s most beloved and beautiful lantern display will celebrate a fifth season at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre.
  • Event will run seven weeks from November 19, 2021 - January 9, 2022, featuring all new displays and enhanced programming.
  • Any day tickets on sale now. Special package tickets on sale July 9 at noon. Day specific tickets on sale August 6 at noon.


Cary, NC—In what has become a beloved holiday tradition, Koka Booth Amphitheatre will once again be transformed into a magical and spectacular setting when the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival returns this holiday season for a fifth celebratory year. Anytime tickets are on sale now and day specific tickets will go on sale August 6 at noon for the seven-week event, from November 19, 2021-January 9, 2022.


Chinese artisans are already hard at work crafting more than 20 all new displays, each one comprised of hundreds of parts, and thousands of LED lights. According to organizers this year’s event will make a triumphant return to take its place in the hearts of all who have missed it. These larger-than-life lanterns will captivate visitors with their amazing craftsmanship, and artistic beauty. Cultural arts performances will again be featured each night on the main stage.


"It will be a true celebration when we gather this holiday season to enjoy this magnificent event once again”, said William Lewis, Town of Cary Cultural Arts Manager. “The wondrous beauty and strong cultural elements of the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival make it a perfect fit for Booth Amphitheatre, and we are absolutely thrilled to announce its return and continue the tradition.”


In other exciting news festival organizers have announced additional programming, elevating the experience for visitors, school children and educators. “The new programming is designed to do two things, enhance the festival for patrons who want a more personal experience and highlight the strong cultural elements as a teaching mechanism for educators,” adds Lewis. “We wanted to think outside the box and make the festival accessible more hours during the day for people to learn and enjoy. I think these programs do just that.”


Additional programming is as follows:



Enjoy the lanterns during the “Golden Hour”, which is 90 minutes prior to opening. This ticket allows you early entry and reduced crowds as you witness the lanterns come to life in the night sky. This opportunity is perfect for those that want a little extra time and more room to move around. It also presents the perfect backdrop for pictures. Twilight Tickets will be offered Thursday-Sunday beginning at 4:30 p.m.


Ticket prices: $25.00 for ages 13+; $15 kids ages 3-12.  Kids 2 & under free. No discounts.  Tickets will be date specific. ANY NIGHT tickets cannot be used for this package.


Blackout dates: Dec. 19 – Jan 2 



VIP (Very Important Panda) TOUR

Want to know more about how the lanterns are made and how they make their way from China to North Carolina? Why not take a North Carolina Chinese Lantern VIP Tour. For approximately 45 minutes a CLF Tour Guide will walk you through the festival and share insider information on how this magnificent festival comes to be each season. Learn more about the tiny village where the lanterns are handmade and the rich history and meaning of Lantern Festivals throughout China. Reservations are required for VIP Tours as we will limit crowds. Tours will begin at 4:35 p.m. and take place Monday-Wednesday.


Ticket prices: $35 per adult; $20 kids ages 3-12.  No discounts.  Tickets will be date and time specific.

Max of 10-12 ppl per VIP guided tour. ANY NIGHT tickets cannot be used for this package.


Blackout dates: Dec. 19 – Jan. 2



This year the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival is excited to offer an educational component to educators, parents or anyone who wants to use the festival to learn or teach more about Chinese Culture. A free 5-day bundle of lesson plans, designed for grades K-5, will be available on the KBA website for download. To round out your week of learning we encourage educators to plan a day-time field trip to the festival where you can take part in a self-guided tour and visit the lanterns up close. Reservations are required for field trips as we will limit crowds. Light Up Your Learning Tickets will be offered Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Ticket prices: $7.00 for any age.  Kids 2 & under free. No discounts.  Tickets will be date specific. ANY NIGHT tickets cannot be used for this package.


General admission tickets start at $11 and can be purchased through www.boothamphitheatre.com  


North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival

Event Dates and Times:

November 19, 2021- January 9, 2022

Open Daily, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.



For more event information log on to http://boothamphitheatre.com/nc-chinese-lantern-festival-cary/


Tickets can be purchased through etix.com. By phone call (800) 514-3849. Etix hours:

Monday-Friday/ 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. EST

Saturday/10 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST & Sunday/noon – 8 p.m. EST

For complete event information go to www.boothamphitheatre.com or call (919) 462-2025.



Teresa Franzen, Publicist (919) 210-5150