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Largest Chinese lantern festival in Eastern US to be held in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Knoxville will host the largest Chinese lantern festival in the entire Eastern United States with the upcoming Dragon Lights Festival at Chilhowee Park.

This will be the first-ever festival of its kind in Knoxville. It features 40-larger-than-life lantern displays with thousands of light components that are constructed onsite by dozens of Chinese artisans who travel the world to keep this centuries-old tradition alive. 

The festival starts March 16 and will run through April 22. It will take place at Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center. This is a rain-or-shine event. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. each night

Tickets are available at the event but organizers recommend purchasing them online to avoid long lines at the park. Tickets will range from $10.50-$16.50 with discounts available for military, seniors, students and groups. There is free event parking available. 

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum Box Office from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at Discounted tickets are available for military, seniors, students and groups.

Answers to frequently asked questions, as well as a festival map, are available here.

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