WORTH THE DRIVE: Asian Lantern Festival will light up the Louisville Zoo starting this weekend

One of the largest lantern festivals in the nation is coming to the Louisville Zoo.

Wild Lights: Asian Lantern Festival opens March 5 and runs through April 25.

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Visitors will stroll along paths illuminated with 65 larger-than-life illuminated displays made with thousands of silk-covered lanterns lit by LED lightbulbs.

The Wild Lights display also includes a 130-foot-long dragon, a color-changing panda tree and an African savanna display.

Visitors can interact with some displays as they stroll through a two-story shark tunnel, take a selfie with glowing angel wings or sway on illuminated swings.

Live performances, handmade Chinese crafts and Asian cuisine will complement the event.

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General admission tickets can be purchased in advance online (until 5 p.m. day of the event) for $18.50 for adults, children and seniors and $20.50 at the Zoo admission windows. Children 2 and under are free.

Louisville Zoo members can purchase tickets in advance online (until 5 p.m. day of the event) for $15.50 for adults, children and seniors (60+) and $18.50 at the zoo’s admission windows.

Family four-pack pricing is available for $50 for members and $60 for non-members in advance online only. Family four-pack ticket buyers must enter the event together. There is a $5 parking fee. Group rates are available for 15 or more for $16.

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The Louisville  Zoo is located at 1100 Trevilian Way in Louisville, Kentucky.

The display will be open Thursday through Sundays from 6:30-10 p.m. with additional dates March 30-April 1. Each night has three arrival times (6:30, 7:30 or 8:30).

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