Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival: Win Tickets

Comments 139 by Rebecca Bollwitt

This winter the Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival, the largest festival of its kind in Canada, will feature 35 illuminated displays transforming over 14 acres of the PNE grounds at Hastings Park into an explosion of light and colours.

Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival

Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival

Where: PNE Grounds, enter off the corner of Hastings and Renfrew
Dates: December 15, 2017 (closed Christmas Day) until January 21, 2018
Times: Friday to Saturday 5:00pm to 11:00pm, Sunday to Thursday 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Tickets: Available online now through TicketLeader. Children under 3 years old are free. Group Rates available for groups of 10 and more, call 604-252-3663 for more info.

Lantern festivals started during the Han Dynasty, about 2,000 years ago. For centuries, lanterns festivals have been lit on the fifteenth day of the first month in the Chinese calendar to pray for a good harvest, and to gain favor of Taiyi, god of heaven. Today, the lantern festivals are still held each year around the country, with each major Chinese city having its own light festival. In ancient times, the lanterns were fairly simple, and only the emperor and noblemen had large ornate ones.

In modern times, lanterns have been embellished with many complex designs such as the ones that will be on display at the PNE. Zigong, hometown of the Lantern Festival, has some of the best lantern artisans in China where skills and a tradition of craftsmanship are passed down through the generations. The Vancouver event will feature Dragon, White Pagoda, Kylin, and Huabiao Column lanterns, each lantern symbolizing a Chinese sage or legend.

Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival

In addition to the lantern displays, the festival will also include nightly performances in the PNE Amphitheatre: 6:30pm & 8:30pm on Sundays through Thursdays and 6:30pm, 8:30pm & 9:30pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Featuring Face Changing, Acrobatics, Plate Spinners, Folk Dance, Jar Balancing and Erhu. These exciting performances are family friendly, and are sure to wow. The lantern festival will also feature a food and beverage program and additional children’s activities.

Win Tickets

I have a family pack of admission tickets (two adults and two children valued at $55) for the debut of the world-renowned Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

Update The winner is Claudia Andrews!

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  1. ChristopheThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 12:59pm PDT

    Me me me!

  2. SonjaThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 1:00pm PDT

    Would love to see this…

  3. Leanne SThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 1:15pm PDT

    This is very near my place! I’d love to go.

  4. LucThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 1:28pm PDT

    Let there be light!

  5. SteveThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 2:13pm PDT

    Looks like a great addition to the annual festive activities!

  6. LauraThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 2:14pm PDT

    We would love to check this out! 🙂

  7. SusannahThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 2:47pm PDT

    I’d love to go there

  8. Jason BThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 3:01pm PDT

    This would be great to check out.

  9. AnikaThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 3:05pm PDT

    This looks amazing! I hope I win! (It would be nice, but I’ll be going anyways)

  10. Dannielle NaiduThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 3:49pm PDT

    I would love to check this out 🙂

  11. David DThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 5:15pm PDT

    Nice to bring the family to see it.

  12. wenThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 5:56pm PDT

    It is lantern time of the year

  13. JazzyThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 6:17pm PDT

    My family and I would love to go!

  14. RachelThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 7:31pm PDT

    This is so cool!

  15. ShannonThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 7:32pm PDT

    Would love to take my mom and grandmother!

  16. NeenaThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 7:53pm PDT

    May your days be filled with light

  17. LorThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 8:00pm PDT

    Looks like a fun event!

  18. KarenThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 8:30pm PDT

    This would be awesome!

  19. AngelaThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 8:57pm PDT

    I would love to see this!

  20. Shelley ButcherThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 9:02pm PDT

    This looks amazing!I would love to go with my family. 🏮

  21. Greg L.Thursday, December 14th, 2017 — 9:18pm PDT

    great chance to make some nice photos

  22. Jeff GriersonThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 9:31pm PDT

    Whoa. Neat

  23. KamThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 9:35pm PDT

    This looks amazing!

  24. behzadThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 9:37pm PDT

    Thank you for such an amazing gift

  25. Andy YanThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 9:41pm PDT

    Love to see Lantern festivals

  26. Sunshine HThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 9:53pm PDT

    This looks like such a neat event!

  27. ClaireThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 10:01pm PDT

    Seems like a fun outing. Thanks for sharing

  28. HadleyThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 10:03pm PDT

    I walk by this every day on my way to work. I’d like to check it out.

  29. Lisa NguyenThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 10:07pm PDT

    Would love to go see this. Please pick me!

  30. Virginia SThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 10:21pm PDT

    This will make a perfect family day.

  31. KarenThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 10:29pm PDT

    Would love to take family from out of town who has never seen anything like this before! 🏮

  32. Kirsten FisherThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 10:33pm PDT

    I would love to see this!

  33. ElisseThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 10:33pm PDT

    This would be great to check out!

  34. EileenThursday, December 14th, 2017 — 11:14pm PDT


  35. TeaganFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 5:40am PDT

    I would love to go see this!

  36. Nancy MartinFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 5:45am PDT

    Sounds amazing!
    Merry Christmas 🎄

  37. KristyFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 7:14am PDT

    This event sounds wonderful!

  38. BeckyFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 8:41am PDT

    Chinese New Year fun!

  39. AlexFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 9:14am PDT

    Sounds fun

  40. WesFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 10:06am PDT

    Shine on little lanterns!

  41. AndreaFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 11:01am PDT

    This sounds like a good time!

  42. RobFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 12:00pm PDT

    Sounds like a wonderfully illuminating event 😉

  43. TaraFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 12:00pm PDT

    Love to go!

  44. Sandra PinkFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 1:03pm PDT

    The TV Commercial looked fabulous… I would love to go~!

  45. DeniseFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 3:38pm PDT

    This looks really cool!

  46. VanessaFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 3:50pm PDT

    Sounds amazing

  47. TinaFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 5:17pm PDT

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  48. TracyFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 5:33pm PDT

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  49. StephanieFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 5:41pm PDT

    Would love to go!

  50. selinaFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 5:43pm PDT

    i would love to take my parents to this! think they would really enjoy it 🙂

  51. ValerieFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 6:50pm PDT

    Thanks for the chance

  52. GCFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 8:54pm PDT

    This’ll be a really fun holiday event

  53. Amy LeungFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 10:24pm PDT

    I’d really like to look at the lanterns and catch an acrobatic show!

  54. KFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 10:46pm PDT

    Would love the tickets.

  55. CarolFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 10:48pm PDT

    We would love the opportunity to go.

  56. Cheuk LauFriday, December 15th, 2017 — 11:55pm PDT

    lovely festival

    love to go

  57. neenaSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 8:48am PDT

    oh what fun

  58. ShellsSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 8:48am PDT

    OMG i wanna go!

  59. SheenaSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 8:58am PDT

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  60. Katie LawrenceSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 9:14am PDT

    This would be a great family activity ☺️

  61. MilynneSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 9:17am PDT

    Would love to go see this!

  62. BevSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 9:40am PDT

    Wow, I would love to experience these amazing lantern displays and stage shows. So unique..would be a wonderful experience!

  63. KarolineSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 9:42am PDT

    My kids would love it

  64. SherrieSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 9:46am PDT

    This is beautiful, I would love to see it!

  65. Jeff GriersonSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 9:58am PDT

    I want to go to there

  66. Pam RaymondSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 10:10am PDT

    My parents are coming all the way from Newfoundland for Christmas. They would love to see this. Thanks.

  67. AnjiSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 10:46am PDT

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  73. JenSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 11:37am PDT

    Wow this is pretty cool! I didn’t even know about this event.

  74. JasonSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 11:40am PDT

    This is amazing. Sounds like a lot of fun

  75. KerrySaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 12:18pm PDT

    So pretty!

  76. CathySaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 12:24pm PDT

    Would love to share with my family

  77. JenniferSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 12:28pm PDT

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  79. GailSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 1:04pm PDT

    Would love to take my mom.

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    Amazing prize!

  81. ChloeSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 1:47pm PDT

    Would love to go!

  82. JoshuaSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 2:21pm PDT

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  83. VinceSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 2:21pm PDT

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  85. JeannineSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 2:42pm PDT

    What a great family outing! We would love to go!

  86. Elaine DaviesSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 3:32pm PDT

    Fabulous, love to take our family to see the lanterns at Christmas ❤️

  87. RobynSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 4:03pm PDT

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  88. FayezaSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 4:58pm PDT

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  89. daneSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 5:47pm PDT

    NYE plan

  90. JeffSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 6:07pm PDT

    Would love to check this out!

  91. Teresa KSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 6:29pm PDT

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  92. SusanSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 8:32pm PDT

    My mix culture family of 4 would love a chance to see this spectacular show.
    Merry Christmas

  93. wenSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 8:44pm PDT

    sounds lovely! thanks!

  94. LisaSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 9:37pm PDT

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  95. Angela PolinskySaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 9:58pm PDT

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  96. KarlaSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 10:33pm PDT

    Cool event! My daughter would love it!

  97. Janice FSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 10:38pm PDT

    Yes pls!

  98. Nicole SSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 10:51pm PDT

    I hope I win!

  99. FranSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 10:52pm PDT

    Would be great to take my family to this😊😊

  100. Grace YanSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 10:54pm PDT

    Would love to compare this with the lanterns I saw in Taiwan 30+ years ago!

  101. Dorothy LSaturday, December 16th, 2017 — 11:26pm PDT

    Thanks for offering! It would be nice to go with my family 🙂

  102. RitaSunday, December 17th, 2017 — 12:17am PDT

    I would love to win these!!! And take my family😊

  103. George ArnaoSunday, December 17th, 2017 — 12:37am PDT

    This would be nice 👍

  104. DesSunday, December 17th, 2017 — 3:26am PDT

    Would be nice to this beautiful event

  105. Tiffany DinhSunday, December 17th, 2017 — 9:46am PDT

    I’d love to go! It’d be a very different, unique experience from all the other Christmas light events.

  106. GraceSunday, December 17th, 2017 — 10:15am PDT

    Looks gorgeous!

  107. ShannonSunday, December 17th, 2017 — 10:48am PDT

    Would love to attend

  108. VickiSunday, December 17th, 2017 — 1:48pm PDT

    Sounds like a lot of fun. Would love to go!

  109. marilynSunday, December 17th, 2017 — 3:05pm PDT

    looks fantastic!

  110. Amy CrossSunday, December 17th, 2017 — 4:22pm PDT

    This would really cheer up my family since we been going thru a lot. Thank you and merry Christmas.

  111. JeanneSunday, December 17th, 2017 — 4:28pm PDT

    Sounds like a fun family outing

  112. Laura M.Sunday, December 17th, 2017 — 7:08pm PDT

    Excited to see this!

  113. Melissa bMonday, December 18th, 2017 — 3:28am PDT

    Pick me \o/

  114. Steph ☺️Monday, December 18th, 2017 — 3:58am PDT

    This looks cool

  115. Alan HuangMonday, December 18th, 2017 — 5:45am PDT

    can’t wait!!!!!

  116. Jamie LewinMonday, December 18th, 2017 — 8:07am PDT

    It would be an evening of bliss & harmony for me!

  117. Kaylee WolframMonday, December 18th, 2017 — 8:56am PDT

    Thanks for putting this on! Would be amazing to take the old man. Good luck everyone!

  118. EleonoraMonday, December 18th, 2017 — 11:35am PDT

    Light displays look amazing, I will put this to my Christmas to do list and they run till January 21!

  119. MarinaMonday, December 18th, 2017 — 2:22pm PDT

    Would love to take the kids!

  120. Claudia AndrewsMonday, December 18th, 2017 — 7:00pm PDT

    Would LOVE, LOVE, Love to see this! Totally awesome prize and thanks for the chance

  121. Sandra PinkMonday, December 18th, 2017 — 11:01pm PDT

    Light up my holidays with some tickets!

  122. Steve LauTuesday, December 19th, 2017 — 6:15am PDT

    Looks fun

  123. NinaTuesday, December 19th, 2017 — 8:43am PDT

    Perfect for Mommy & Munchkins Day!

  124. Mary YuTuesday, December 19th, 2017 — 11:20am PDT

    would love to win

  125. ariel cTuesday, December 19th, 2017 — 1:21pm PDT

    looks like fun!

  126. adam steeleTuesday, December 19th, 2017 — 1:24pm PDT

    great prize!

  127. marissaTuesday, December 19th, 2017 — 1:27pm PDT

    thanks for doing this!

  128. Cheuk LauTuesday, December 19th, 2017 — 1:59pm PDT

    great Christmas gift

    Merry Christmas everyone

  129. KirstenTuesday, December 19th, 2017 — 2:04pm PDT

    I would love to check this out!

  130. Meg McAloneyTuesday, December 19th, 2017 — 9:02pm PDT

    This display looks so beautiful!

  131. StephanieTuesday, December 19th, 2017 — 10:19pm PDT

    Never been to this!!

  132. LisaWednesday, December 20th, 2017 — 3:22am PDT

    We heard about your Chinese Latern Festival coming to Vancouver B.C. Canada a few months ago. Would LOVE to win tickets for our family of 6 to enjoy a fun evening family time together! Thank You Kindly

  133. Brittany RocheWednesday, December 20th, 2017 — 8:56am PDT

    This looks great 🙂

  134. ho chanWednesday, December 20th, 2017 — 10:47am PDT

    haven’t been to this, looks fun

  135. SamanthaWednesday, December 20th, 2017 — 7:16pm PDT

    This would be amazing!

  136. sandhyaTuesday, January 2nd, 2018 — 1:25pm PDT

    love to win and attend

  137. Virginia WatsonWednesday, January 3rd, 2018 — 8:32pm PDT

    Would like very much to attend this one. Thanks!

  138. brian sokoloskiTuesday, January 9th, 2018 — 3:17pm PDT

    LOVE A GOOD light show anywhere with family and cousins and neighbours

  139. NarceliSaturday, January 20th, 2018 — 7:36pm PDT

    Yes, please! Thank you!

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