Festival of Illumination beginning this September, "Once Upon a Time"... an epic and magical journey

Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts is excited to be hosting the 2nd Annual Festival of Illumination beginning this September running through to January of 2023.


This years’ theme “Once Upon a Time” will showcase the fascinating and forgotten stories of legendary creatures, myths and fairytales through the incredible artistry of custom handmade Chinese lanterns. The four month long premier Chinese Lantern Festival is presented in partnership with the award-winning Zigong Lantern Group and is the largest of its kind hosted in New England.


From early September to January 1, 2023 Southwick’s Zoo will again be illuminated by breathtaking custom-built exhibits consisting of a multitude of Chinese lanterns constructed from silk, steel, and environmentally friendly LED lights. Guests will be immersed into a fantasy world of extraordinary beauty, magic and mystery through the stories of legends, myths and fairytales. Beginning on November 25th Southwick’s Zoo’s traditional Winter Wonderland will be added where guests can enjoy a festive train ride through the enchanted holiday lighting display.


Don't miss this visually epic experience and magical journey through stories of the past!




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