Roers Zoofari Chinese Lantern Festival in Vienna Virginia

Roer’s Zoofari Chinese Lantern Festival lights the night in Vienna Virginia with a gorgeous display of animals from around the globe. The walkthrough exhibit transforms the zoo grounds with intricately constructed, life-size fabric animal lanterns representing every continent.

Zoofari Chinese Lantern Festival entrance
Zoofari Chinese Lantern Festival entrance
Chinese Lantern Festival monkeys
Chinese Lantern Festival monkeys

 

We loved the walkway lined with dolphins, which allows visitors to peek in at the barn animals tucked in their pens for the night.

Zoofari Chinese Lantern Festival walkway
Zoofari Chinese Lantern Festival walkway

 

Many of the animal vignettes surround or float on a small pond. As you stroll around the pond, you’ll pass crocodiles, lions, zebras, polar bears, penguins, and other wild animals. A large display of colorful jellyfish float on the pond, beautifully reflected in the water.

Chinese Lantern jellyfish reflections
Chinese Lantern jellyfish reflections

Zoofari Chinese Lantern Festival flowers

 

Past the pond, Chinese artisans perform their crafts in a row of booths, with many artworks available for purchase. There is also a booth where you can purchase hot drinks, and a stage where martial art performances will be held (the martial artists are expected in early December).

Chinese Lantern Festival artisan booths
Chinese Lantern Festival artisans

 

Further on, dinosaur-loving kids will be thrilled with lantern dinosaur scenes, and the chance to ride one of several moving, roaring dinos ($3 additional fee).

Chinese Lantern dinosaurs
Chinese Lantern dinosaurs
Zoofari Chinese Lantern Festival dino ride
Zoofari Chinese Lantern Festival dinosaur ride

 

While most of the lanterns stick to the wild animal theme, there are two Christmasy displays perfect for seasonal pictures.

Chinese Lantern Festival Santa
Chinese Lantern Festival Santa
Chinese Lantern Festival Christmas tree
Chinese Lantern Festival Christmas tree

 

Roer’s Zoofari Chinese Lantern Festival is open nightly November 30 to January 15th, 5:00 to 9:00 pm, including Christmas and New Year’s. Tickets are $25 adult, $15 ages 4 to 12, free for 3 and under, and can be purchased online or at the door.

We were very impressed with the entire Zoofari Chinese Lantern Festival. It’s a unique and absolutely beautiful addition to the holiday season in Northern Virginia!

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Roer's Zoofari Chinese Lantern Festival lights the night in Vienna Virginia with a gorgeous walkthrough display of animals from around the globe.

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