Saint Louis Zoo ready to Brighten Nights with ‘Animals Aglow’ Light Show

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The Saint Louis Zoo Prepares to Dazzle with ‘Animals Aglow’ Lantern Festival

Starting from March 13 to May 5, 2024, the Saint Louis Zoo is gearing up to captivate visitors with a distinctive evening lantern festival dubbed ‘Animals Aglow’. At this one-of-a-kind event, attendees will witness the glow of over 60 Chinese lanterns, masterfully crafted by artisan from Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc., providing a dynamic spectacle of interactive light displays featuring various flora and fauna.

A Blend of Artistry and Environmental Message

Each lantern has been meticulously designed with the aim of providing an immersive experience for spectators, while also subtly driving home the message of the necessity of biodiversity. The lanterns, showcasing a range of animals and plants, will serve as radiating symbols of the richness and variety of wildlife on our planet.

The Celebration Expands Beyond Illumination

Besides the wonder of the lanterns, attendees will be granted the chance to explore Emerson Dinoroarus exhibit present at the zoo, which will be accessible throughout the festival. Enhancing the cultural breadth of the event, traditional Chinese performances will take place every night, offering insights into the rich traditional arts of the country.

Offering an In-Depth Cultural Voyage

In addition to the artistic and performance spectacles, the festival will also offer an array of traditional handicrafts for sale. To top off the cultural experience, a variety of food specials, inspired by Chinese and Japanese cuisine will be available, allowing guests to broaden their gastronomic horizons.

While the animal exhibits will not be accessible during the event, the attendees can benefit from complimentary parking on the Zoo’s premises, which is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Extra street parking will also be present in Forest Park if requisite. The Zoo will temporarily close its doors at 5 p.m. only to reopen them for the festival at 6:30 p.m.

The ‘Animals Aglow’ festival will release tickets for purchase online beginning January 31, and it’s worth noting that children below two years of age will not be required to pay admission fees. As the Saint Louis Zoo gets set to organize this remarkable festival, an unforgettable night beneath the luminescence of lanterns, enriched with vibrant cultural performances, beckons visitors.


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