Two weeks to go for Winnipegers to enjoy Lights of the North running until October 14th at the Red River Exhibition Park in Assiniboia Downs. Until Sept 30 only, avail yourself of the 50% discount for children and 20 % discount for seniors and adults in admission rates.
You wouldn’t want to miss Canada’s largest Chinese Lantern festival. The event signifies the strong bond between Canada and China celebrating the Year of Canada-China Tourism. Year 2018 also marks the 30th anniversary of Winnipeg and Chengdu becoming sister cities.
The four million worth of venture showcases a variety of Chinese lantern displays illuminated by millions of multi-colored LED lights. Each exhibit brings a touch of Chinese culture such as the polar bear with little pieces of ping pong balls attached or the 200-foot-long dragon comprising of over 100,000 pieces signifying Chinese symbols.
You may be wondering how many people took part to create the amazing displays scattered in over 10 acres venue.
About 75 to 100 Chinese artisans shared their skills over the period of six to eight weeks.
Traditional Chinese symbols such as Pandas, animals in the zodiac sign, dragon, Chinese temple and many others will give a feel of a Chinese cultural experience.
The massive animatronic dinosaur display and a maze for kids will surely make them wander and wonder.
You will also see towering structures of designed light artwork depicting some of Manitoba icons such as the Canadian Human rights museum or the legislative building.
Lights of the North also provides a venue to show off many talents in a variety of traditional Chinese performances that include acrobatics, Kongfu, Sichuan Opera, fire breathing, plate spinning, kicking bowls and Chinese folk dances and more.
Also available are the booths featuring collectibles items and traditional crafts as souvenir for a fee.
For more info, please click https://lightsofthenorth.ca/
(Some photos were taken from the official Lights of the North website).