Light 'em up

Chinese Lantern Festival shines on at Fair Park with an extended run

Chinese Lantern Festival shines on at Fair Park with an extended run

Chinese Lantern Festival
The Chinese Lantern Festival premiered during the State Fair of Texas 2012. Photo by Conner Howell
Chinese Lantern Festival
The Chinese Lantern Festival reopens November 1 and runs through January 6. Photo by Conner Howell
Chinese Lantern Festival Dallas
Although the festival won't be open during the day, the best time to see it is at night. Courtesy of Chinese Lantern Festival Dallas Facebook page
Chinese Lantern Festival
When lit up at night, the pieces cast a rainbow of light. Photo by Conner Howell
Chinese Lantern Festival
Chinese Lantern Festival
Chinese Lantern Festival Dallas
Chinese Lantern Festival

Texans can't get enough of pretty, shiny things, apparently. The Chinese Lantern Festival, which was supposed to close along with the State Fair of Texas, has announced that it will reopen at Fair Park on November 1 and stick around through January 6.

 Because the festival no longer has the State Fair to draw in the crowds, it won't be open during the day. But nighttime is the right time to see the Chinese lanterns.

The announcement comes with good and bad news. Let's start with the bad. Because the festival no longer has the State Fair to draw in the crowds, it won't be open during the day. But as those who have seen it know well, nighttime is the right time to see this particular show.

All of the pieces — which include peacocks, flamingos, a 50-foot pagoda, and a 330-foot dragon made from 15,000 porcelain dishes — light up at dusk, making it a spectacular feast for the eyes.

The festival will be open daily from 5-10 p.m., and it will include folk art demonstrations, such as paper cutting, palm weaving and sugar painting. Chinese food will be for sale in front of the Science Building.