In Chinese culture, lanterns symbolize joy, merit, good luck and brightness in the upcoming year. What better time to experience this “light” than the Christmas season? And you can do it at Sugarloaf Mills, the mall located in Gwinnett County off I-85.
The Mall is hosting a spectacular Chinese Lantern festival complete with nightly Beijing acrobat shows, food vendors and themed villages. We went to something similar a few years back at Centennial Olympic Park and it was truly an evening to remember.
The show, called Illuminate, a Chinese Lantern Festival and Acrobat Show is produced by Firefly Productions, and will be lighting up the season beginning on Nov. 21. Guests walk-through beautifully lit sculptures that encompasses three themed exhibits, all custom-designed and handcrafted in Chengdu, China then shipped by truck, train and boat for a voyage of 35 days to our corner of the world.
Visitors can experience the rich culture of Ancient China with a stroll through the Forbidden City, where they will be greeted by the emperor and his Terracotta Warriors, and pass through the belly of a whale for a glistening look at life Under the Sea.
The last stop en route is one that certainly couldn’t be left out of a holiday light show: Christmas Village! In addition to the lantern walk-through, a ticket to Illuminate will gain visitors access to the Beijing Acrobat Show, an authentic showcase of traditional storytelling.
The enclosed performance tent seats over 500 guests on a first-come, first-serve basis, but with four shows nightly and two entirely different performances to see, no matter what time of night you attend you are sure to see something special. International food and artisan vendors offer some of the best cultural fare and gifts at the covered Global Pavilion.
Open almost nightly from November 21 through January 1, the big white tent and soaring lantern sculptures can already be seen altering the Sugarloaf Mills skyline from its parking lot location near Bass Pro Shop and Neiman Marcus.