LuminoCity Festival

LuminoCity Festival is a light spectacular inspired by traditional Chinese lantern festivals.

The New York Pass Free Entry to LuminoCity Festival Normally $38.00 - Free with New York Pass

Experience a light spectacular like never before with a trip to LuminoCity Festival. Christmas is just around the corner, and there is no better way to get into the festive mood, than with an interactive evening the whole family can enjoy. A Wonderland of Lights is inspired by traditional Chinese lantern festivals but adds a modern twist with animatronic sculptures and LED-lit landscapes for a truly magical evening.

Enjoy free entry to LuminoCity Festival with The New York Pass®

  • Pay nothing at the gate – simply show your pass.
  • Discover this popular winter festival.
  • Explore three distinct light experiences.
  • Shop, eat and explore LuminoCity’s Holiday Market.
  • Take part in various interactive workshops.

 
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About LuminoCity 

Don't miss: 

Holiday market

Workshops

Themed nights

Lights Arts Park

Know before you go

Make the most of your New York Pass

How to get there


About LuminoCity Festival

LuminoCity Festival is a multimedia entertainment company that transforms historical and contemporary stories into multidimensional experiences. The production draws inspiration from the Western Han Dynasty, and lantern festivals dating back to 200 BCE. At that time, these festivals were a valued tradition used to welcome in the New Year and other significant holidays. 

Today the art of lantern-making is still upheld in areas such as Zigong City, which is one of China’s most ancient regions. Incredibly talented lantern artists participate in an annual festival that attracts more than two million people each year, and LuminoCity is a regular contributor. The debut of A Wonderland of Lights aims to bring the two-thousand-year history of Chinese lantern festivals to New York City through a new ‘light’ art form. 

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Don’t miss

Holiday Market

The Holiday Market provides the perfect opportunity for shopping and feasting. Indulge in a range of baked goods, deep-fried ice creams, and even Chinese sugar painting. Or get your Christmas shopping finished early with stalls selling trinkets and handmade crafts.


Workshops 

Experience a variety of stimulating workshops, including Custom Lanterns, Children’s Print Making, ‘Wear Your Heart’ personalized jewelry making, Figurine Making, Bracelet weaving, ‘Lucky-Knot’ Tying, and Folding’ Hanfu.’

For more information on workshop schedules, prices, and available dates, visit the official attraction page.


Themed Nights

Missed your chance to get dressed up for Halloween? Don’t fret. LuminoCity’s themed nights will get you into the festive mood with singing, dancing, and exclusive performances. From a Cosplay themed day to a Christmas-inspired evening, these events have everything you need to celebrate the holiday season in true NYC fashion.

Cosplay All Day - 30 November 2019.
Hanfu-sion Night - 7 December 2019.
Let It Glow Christmas - 21 December 2019.
Electric Light Tonight – 28 December 2019.

Learn more about Lumino City’s themed nights here.


Lights Arts Park – A Wonderland of Lights

The Festival has three distinct light experiences spread across 12 acres of land. Including The Winter Fantasy, The Wild Adventure, and The Sweet Dream.


The Winter Fantasy


The Skating Unicorn
is a 13-feet LED fantasy-inspired unicorn surrounded by blue and purple satin plus blinking acrylic balls decorating the ground.

The Castle in the Clouds measures nearly 20 feet in height. Visitors can climb the clouds surrounding the 40-foot-high castle and descend an enchanting slide furnished with interactive lighting elements.

The Frosted Forest features 12 ice-covered trees, the tallest standing just over 12 feet above the ground. The blinking LED lights surrounding the castle create a shimmering night sky effect.

The Icy Valley displays penguins and polar bear sculptures wandering an arctic environment. Semi-transparent satin fabric and LED snowflakes produce a blinking meteor shower effect. 

The Frosted Christmas Trees are a collection of five frosted Christmas trees. The tallest stands at 29’5” with a 19’8” base diameter.

The Arctic Freeze is an enchanting land of ice. View this atmospheric tundra featuring ice spikes that emerge between see-through fabric, blinking LED lights, and frosted pathways.

The Frozen field is the last scene in The Winter Fantasy. Take in views of snowflake sculptures and ice formations decorated with satin and LED lights against a reflective acrylic ground cover.


The Wild Adventure

 

The Bifengxia Panda Reserve transports visitors 7,000 miles away to Ya’an in China’s Sichuan province. The installment is named after a panda research and breeding facility, which houses some of the worlds’ largest Pandas. The scene depicts nine pandas, three monkeys, and three Red Pandas that all come to life through animatronics. 

The Mushroom Forest is a fantastical setting, featuring a constellation of fluorescent mushrooms and peculiar creatures all spaced out on a frosted LED-lit floor. 

The Lush Rainforest allows visitors to experience the Amazon within an interactive environment. View a host of wild animals, including lemurs, pelicans, snakes, Baboons, lizards, a silverback gorilla, and more.

The Prehistoric Safari brings the Jurassic age to life with a primordial landscape filled with tropical plants, animatronic dinosaurs, and a giant volcano that emits steam. Venture inside the volcano for an LED light display that will blow your mind.


The Sweet Dream

 

The Candy Station showcases lollipops of varying height and an assortment of comical creatures in one sugary display. Plus, a candy-covered arch sparkling with LED spotlights.

The Donut Tunnel displays six donut arches measuring 49’3”-wide each. Indulge your sweet tooth as you walk through the tunnel and snap the perfect selfie. 

The Constellation Cats represent the most famous cat influencers online, and each twinkling cat depicts a specific Zodiac sign. With a combined following of 4.4 million, this LED star-studded line-up will leave you starstruck.

The Sweet Forest holds the tallest tree in The Sweet Dream instillation. The tree is made from candy-colored cotton fibers wrapped in multi-star light fixtures. Travel up the LED-lit Candy Mountain and view the surrounding rainbow field.

Christmas Presents delivers festive cheer with a colorful display of presents and Christmas inspired sculptures. Have you ever Imagined what it would be like to surround yourself with all things’ Christmas?’ Now you don’t have to. You can experience it first-hand. 

The Hungry Caterpillar is equipped with quirky rolling eyes and a mouth that opens wide enough for you to walk through to view a dynamic light display inside. The Wacky landscape also features 27 animatronic animal sculptures.

The Cake Terraces features a village of sugary delights. Including rotating lollipop light sculptures, rainbow-colored rocks, and bright candy canes. This scene is a treat for the eyes and stomach.

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Know before you go

  • LuminoCity is a popular winter festival - check online before traveling to ensure that the event has not sold out on the day. Please check availability here.
  • For the best availability, we recommend visiting on the following dates: November 28, December 13, 20, 24, 29, or 30. The following dates no longer have ticket availability: November 23 and December 21. The following dates are unlikely to have ticket availability: November 24, 29, 30 and December 7. The information here should be used as a guide - be sure to check the official attraction site for availability.
  • All visitors are subject to a security check upon entrance.
  • A Wonderland of Lights features internal and external installations. Be sure to wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable footwear.
  • Workshops are subject to availability and a fee. To avoid disappointment, the official attraction site before your visit.
  • For ticketing questions please email tickets@luminocityus.com. For general questions please email info@luminocityus.com.

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Getting in 

Please present your pass at the box office first for scanning. You will then be given a ticket for the general admission line. 


Make the most of your New York Pass®

  • The magical Wonderland of Lights is perfect for children. Keep an eye out for Lumi and his pals located throughout the park for the chance to take photos. Listen out for his story that told on different speakers throughout LuminoCity. Learn a little more about his story before your visit here.
  • LuminoCity is the perfect place for photos and arguably one of the most Instagramable events in New York City during the festive period. Be sure to bring a camera to commemorate your trip.

  • There are lots of things to do at LuminoCity. After exploring the Lights Arts Park, which takes around 30 – 40 minutes to complete, why not check out the Holiday Market? Be sure to familiarise yourself with the festival map to make the most of your visit.

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How to get there

Train
- The Uptown or Downtown 4, 5, or 6 train to 125th St and transfer to the M35 bus, which goes right to Randall’s Island.  

On Foot
- You can also get to Randall’s Island Park by crossing the footbridge from E. 103rd St. in Manhattan onto Randall’s Island Park. It takes about 15 minutes to walk from the Manhattan side of the footbridge to the festival entrance. 

Car
- Drive or take a Lyft/Uber to 20 Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY 10035.

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Getting to LuminoCity Festival

Getting to LuminoCity Festival

  • LuminoCity Festival 20 Randall's Island Park, New York, NY 10035
  • Closest Subway
  • Closest Bus Stop - 4, 5, or 6 train to 125th St and transfer to the M35 bus, which goes right to Randall’s Island.
  • Big Bus hop on hop off Tour Stops

Opening Times

November 23- December 21: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 4 pm - 11 pm (last admission at 10 pm)

December 22- January 4: Daily from 4 pm - 11 pm (last admission at 10 pm)

Note: LuminoCity is a popular winter festival that has the potential to reach capacity. Please check the official website for ticket availability before visiting the fairgrounds. 

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