MENDON, Mass. – Southwick’s Zoo announces the opening of its Festival of Illumination beginning Sept. 1. The exhibit will feature the artistry of handcrafted Chinese Lanterns. This year’s theme, “Once Upon a Time,” is a journey of forgotten stories, featuring myths, legends and fairytales from around the globe.

Southwick’s Zoo has once again partnered with Zigong Lantern Group to create the one-of-a-kind Chinese Lantern Festival. In addition to the lantern exhibits, guests will experience live entertainment including Chinese acrobats, Asian Night Market, interactive exhibits, specialty foods and more. Beginning on Nov. 26, guest can also enjoy the addition of Southwick’s Zoo’s traditional Winter Wonderland holiday lights as well as holiday themed Chinese lanterns.

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