Spectacular Chinese Lantern Festival to Illuminate SugarLoaf Mills

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.

illuminate Sugarloaf Mills

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.

Sue Rodman

Sue Rodman

Co-Founder at 365 Atlanta Traveler
Sue came to Atlanta after finishing the Walt Disney World College Program where she was a tour guide then guest relations hostess (and no she did not moonlight as Snow White). Sue spent 25 years in PR before adding freelance travel writing to her resume. Prior to 365 Atlanta Traveler, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue for eight years, and produced a TV segment with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. Her favorite place to visit is anywhere with her husband and three sons. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories.
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1 Comment on "Spectacular Chinese Lantern Festival to Illuminate SugarLoaf Mills"

  1. The lanterns are absolutely beautiful. The artists who made them are indeed very talented people. I can only imagine the time & patience it takes to build them.
    The entire exhibit takes about 15 minutes to walk through. They do offer hot chocolate, hot dogs, sodas, and such at the diner, but authentic cuisine would be a nice addition. I would also like to see more venders or crafts for the kids. This is a great opportunity to showcase Chinese New Year and other traditions. Over all it was a fun night.

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