Why You Need to Attend the 2018 Poconos Lantern Festival

Each year, the night sky comes alive with the soft glow of thousands of lanterns at the Pocono Lantern Festival. This spectacular event is a one-of-a-kind experience and is sure to dazzle you with its glimmering lights.

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The 2018 Poconos Lantern Festival

Join thousands of revelers this year for the magical Lantern Fest. It’s truly an experience, and people who have gone in past years speak of the event with an air of awe and 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 will host this spectacular event on September 8th and 9th. The festival kicks off each day with a celebration. Upon entrance, you will be given a lantern to light later. Starting at 3 p.m., attendees will gather to enjoy food and live music. There will also be a stage show and kid-friendly activities like face-painting and balloon artists.

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 lights will gently rise into the dark sky, setting it a-twinkling with their orange radiance. As the lanterns soar up, they will give dimension to the incredible vastness of the sky. The marvelous spectacle is sure to take your breath away.   

Things to Keep in Mind

All ages are welcome at the Lantern Fest, but you have to be 13 and older to light your own lantern. Pets are not allowed due to safety concerns, though service animals are permitted.

Don’t worry about bringing your own lantern as they will be provided for you. Outside lanterns are not allowed because the lanterns you receive are specifically designed with safety and sustainability in mind, as they are 100% biodegradable and flame retardant.

Tickets for this extraordinary event tend to sell out, so be sure to get yours in advance! You will enjoy the added benefit of a reduced ticket price if you order in advance.

Recharge at Mountaintop Lodge

Mountaintop Lodge is the perfect place to mull over the enchanting evening. We are a short drive away from the Poconos 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 Lantern Fest. Our retreat in the Pocono Mountains is the perfect place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life.View of gone fishing room

You’re sure to unwind in our Gone Fishing room. 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. When you wake up in the morning, head downstairs for a complimentary homemade breakfast. Afterward, enjoy a cup of fresh local coffee as you sit on the spacious front porch.

We have several other rooms available in our lodge, so be sure to browse all our guest rooms to find the one that’s right for you. Check our availability and book your escape to the Pocono Mountains today!