Twin Cities Premiere – Lantern Light Festival Opens Tonight

An Evening of Massive Chinese Lanterns & Family FunMINNEAPOLIS, MN – 09-07-2017 (Press Release Jet) — After months of preparation, the Lantern Light Festival transforms Canterbury Park into a nighttime spectacle of light from September 7 to October 22, 2017. A celebration of Chinese culture and the first of its kind in the Twin Cities, the festival is a six-week production featuring massive lanterns, inspiring performances, children’s activities, and a variety of food. Attendees will experience a kaleidoscope of colors, and shapes. Learn more at

“While some people have seen lanterns being released into the night sky, our lanterns stay firmly on the ground.” explained Sanjay Syal, President & CEO of Pinnacle Production Group. “Hundreds of lanterns will illuminate the night, including a four-hundred-foot long Dragon, a 30-foot-tall Panda, a Castle you can walk through, lantern tunnels, and a tribute to Prince. A team of Chinese artisans needed three months to complete our hand-crafted lanterns, which are made of sculpted steel frames filled with LED lights, and covered with brilliantly colored silk-like fabric.”                       

In addition to seeing the gigantic lanterns, the festival promises fun for the whole family, with Chinese acrobats, a Wishing Tree, live music, and food. Activities for children include mining for emeralds, inflatable mazes and obstacle courses, Dragon and virtual reality rides.

The event runs from September 7 to October 22, 2017, Thursday through Sunday, 6pm to 11pm through  October 1, 5pm to 11pm October 5 through October 22, Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Road, Shakopee, MN 55379.Ticket prices range from $18 to $23, with group pricing and activity packages available.

The History of the Lantern Light Festival

Over 2,000 years ago in China, Emperor Hanmingdi ordered that lanterns be lit to show respect to Buddha on the fifteenth day of the first Chinese lunar month. The festival traditionally ends the Chinese New Year period, marking the return of spring and symbolizing the reunion of family.

About Pinnacle Production Group

For more than 20 years, Pinnacle Productions Group has delivered over 1,000 shows across ten different industries, including family entertainment. These shows have attracted over 5 million attendees.

Media Contacts:

Company Name: Pinnacle Publishing Group Inc.
Full Name: Sanjay Syal
Phone: (651) 504-2000
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