Toledo Zoo to light up nights with lantern exhibit

Toledo Zoo’s Luminous Nights will debut September 29 (Courtesy: Toledo Zoo)

The Toledo Zoo is set to debut of a new autumn event, Luminous Nights at the Toledo Zoo.

This fall festival of lights, featuring illuminated hand-crafted Chinese lanterns in the shapes of animals and botanicals, runs from September 29 – October 29 on both sides of the number one zoo in the nation.

Each lantern is hand-crafted by Chinese artisans and is made of a welded metal frame, artistically and painstakingly covered with pieces of silky cloth and illuminated with LED lights to reveal intricate flowers, birds, butterflies and more! Individual lanterns can be upwards of 19 feet tall and approximately 50 feet long.

In addition to the lanterns, the Zoo will also have several on-grounds events including an outdoor movie night, community scarecrow building showcase, pie eating contests, family pumpkin carving nights, woodcarving demonstrations, games, crafts and much more! All events are included with Luminous Nights’ admission and more information can be found at

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