The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is an outdoor event with gorgeous handcrafted silk lanterns on steel frames, brilliantly lit. We were lucky enough to go on a (relatively) warm evening in December, so we were happy to wander around and not feel too cold.
Some of the figures were cartoonish animals I’m assuming were designed to appeal to kids. I didn’t care much for those, but there was quite a bit of variety, and several designs I really liked.
The pièce de résistance was this beautiful dragon. (Everyone knows I’m a fan of dragons.) In this interview in Columbus Underground, the event manager said the dragon was built in the park, taking six artisans almost a week to complete.
There was also a display of traditional dragons made out of little glass bottles filled with colored water: