Arts & Culture

Zooluminations: Chinese Festival of Lights at the Nashville Zoo

Zooluminations features a 200 foot long Chinese dragon. {Photo Courtesy of Jackie Nelms}

EVENTS | Nashville — There are holiday lights shows and then there’s Zooluminations: Chinese Festival of Lights at the Nashville Zoo, which features over 500 custom-made silk lanterns spread across 60 acres in every shape, animal form, and holiday theme imaginable. It will run through February 2.

The Nelms family including Jackie Tomlin Nelms, her daughters Sarah Nelms and Jillian Bates Rael, son Ryan Bates, and their children all attended the oh-so-bright event on November 29.

“We arrived late and had to go through kinda quick but I think the detail was incredible. We plan to go back,” Nelms told us.

Zooluminations is the largest lantern show in the U.S. and Chinese artisans spent months creating life-sized zoo animals such as elephants, rhinos, and giraffes along with flower scenes, holiday exhibits, and items related to the Chinese culture.

“My favorite parts were the pottery pieces,” said Nelms. “They were all beautiful and each scene had a description of the theme.”

In addition to the Chinese lanterns, the event offers a zipline, carousel, nightly performance by Chinese acrobats, and artisans displaying handmade items such as stone carvings and fan paintings.

The 63-night event will remain open nightly through December 30 from 5-9 p.m. each night. Santa will be on hand each night until December 23. It will remain open Thursday through Sunday from 5-9 p.m. through February 2. It will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. For more information or to purchase advanced ticket, visit the zoo’s website. •

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