Each year, the night sky comes alive with the soft glow of thousands of lanterns at the Poconos Lantern Festival. It’s one of the most impressive events of the year, and for good reason. Unlike the annual lantern festivals that take place in many Asian countries, you don’t have to fly thousands of miles to enjoy the festivities! Everything you need to know about the Poconos Lantern Festival is right here.
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Everything You Need to Know About the Poconos Lantern Festival
Join thousands of revelers for the magical Poconos Lantern Festival. It’s truly an awe-inspiring experience, and people who have gone in past years speak of the event with an air of wonder. There’s something indescribably beautiful about the sight of countless glowing lanterns floating into the air as they light the sky.
It creates an atmosphere that goes beyond the warm glow that the airborne lights emanate, something that is reflected by the stated mission and goal of the Lantern Fest. These are “to illuminate the human spirit,” and “to leave a positive impact.” It’s as if the steady smoldering warmth of the lantern light spreads outward and lights up more than the night sky.
What to Expect at the Lantern Festival
The Pocono Raceway hosts this spectacular event on a weekend in early September each year. The weekend-long festival kicks off each day with a celebration. Upon entry, you will receive a lantern to light later. In the afternoon, attendees can gather to enjoy food and live music. There’s also a stage show and kid-friendly activities like face-painting and balloon artists. It’s the perfect way to enjoy wholesome family-fun in the Poconos!
As the sun begins to go down, grab a blanket or a chair, your lantern, and your camera, and get comfortable before the main event. At around a half–hour after sunset, thousands of lanterns will gently rise into the dark sky, setting it a-twinkling with an orange radiance. As the lanterns soar up, they give dimension to the incredible vastness of the sky. This marvelous spectacle is sure to take your breath away.
Things to Keep in Mind
All ages are welcome at the Lantern Fest, but you must be 13 or older to light a lantern. Pets are not allowed due to safety concerns, though service animals are permitted.
Don’t worry about bringing your own lantern as they are provided for you. Outside lanterns are not allowed because the lanterns you receive are specifically designed with safety and sustainability in mind. They’re 100 percent biodegradable and flame retardant.
Tickets for this extraordinary event tend to sell out, so be sure to get yours in advance!
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Stay at Mountaintop Lodge at Lake Naomi
Mountaintop Lodge at Lake Naomi is the perfect place to mull over the enchanting evening. We’re a short drive away from the Pocono Raceway, and our setting by the tranquil Lake Naomi amidst fragrant pine trees will sustain the quiet sense of awe you’ll feel after attending the Poconos Lantern Festival.
You’re sure to unwind in our Gone Fishing Room. This room boasts a queen-size bed, a cozy armchair, a sizeable private bathroom, and an armoire with drawers and space for hanging. The decor strikes a balance between rustic and modern, with neutral tones that invite you to relax. Warm-colored hardwood floors complement a window that faces the front lawn and lets plenty of natural light in.