From October 5th to December 2nd, Dragon Lights, formerly known as the New Mexico Chinese Lantern Festival, returns!



Dragon Lights Albuquerque, previously known as the magical New Mexico Chinese Lantern Festival, will return to Expo New Mexico this year from October 5th to December 2nd with brand new displays, performances, handicrafts, and cultural activities for the whole family to enjoy. This 8-week event will wow visitors of all ages. With tickets starting at only $12, Dragon Lights Albuquerque is an experience you won't want to miss!

Presented by Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc

Tuesday to Sunday - 6:00 PM to 10:00PM
Closed on Mondays
at Expo New Mexico
300 San Pedro Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108



Dragon Lights Albuquerque will illuminate Expo New Mexico with larger-than-life lantern displays. Each lantern is handcrafted by our team of artisans from Zigong, China, which is regarded as China’s cultural capital for the ancient art of lantern-crafting.

In addition to lanterns, nightly performances, and handicrafts, food, beverages, and merchandise will be available for purchase. Our menu includes a variety of Chinese food, traditional fair food, and assorted beverages.

Stage Performance Times

Performance Times
Sunday-Thursday: 6:30 PM, 8:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 6:30 PM, 8:00 PM, 9:00 PM

Please note that we are closed on Mondays. Our beer garden is open from Friday to Sunday.

Performances are included with ticket purchase.

Chinese Lanterns

This 8-week event will feature 100% new displays with the exception of our signature dragon!

Traditional Handicrafts

Visitors can also enjoy handicraft demonstrations presented by our Chinese artisans. Handicraft demonstrations this year include inner-bottle painting, traditional Chinese calligraphy, and crystal engraving.

Nightly Performances

Our performers have decades of experience and offer a unique glimpse of Chinese stage culture. Some traditional Chinese performance arts featured include face changing, contortion acts, and Chinese Yo-Yo.

Asian Gourmet

Both Asian and American food are available for purchase. We’ve partnered with Asian Home Cooking and other local food vendors to ensure Dragon Lights is a feast for both your eyes and stomach! Food vendors may change throughout the festival.


  • Where is this event being held and is there parking available?

    Dragon Lights Albuquerque will be held at Expo New Mexico located at 300 San Pedro Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.Parking is available at Expo New Mexico.

  • Where can I purchase tickets?

    Tickets will be available for purchase at the festival entrance or online at Tickets are also sold at Chinese Culture Center.

  • What does the price of admission include?

    Admission includes entry into the festival for viewing all lanterns, authentic Chinese performances, and handicraft demonstrations. Merchandise and food are sold separately.
    Parking will be charged separately by Expo New Mexico at $5.00/car and cash only.

  • Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?

    Tickets are available both online and at the door. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance to guarantee festival entry.

  • Are there any discounts available?

    es, we have senior and military discounts available daily. Discounted tickets are $14.00 online and $15.00 at the box office. A valid Military ID is required. Military discounts apply to both veterans and military spouses. For groups of 15 people and more, we offer a discount of $2 off each individual ticket.

    Student discounts are available every Thursday for $14.00 online and $15.00 at the box office. A valid student ID is required.

  • What are the festival hours?

    The festival is open Tuesday to Sunday from 6:00PM - to 10:00PM. The ticket booth opens at 6:00PM and closes at 9:30pm. The festival is closed on Mondays.

  • Is this an indoor or outdoor event?

    All lantern displays are outdoor and it is a walk through experience. In the event of inclement weather when the festival has to be cancelled or closed early for the night, rain checks will be offered.

  • Can I photograph the lanterns?

    Photography of the displays and performances is allowed but please do not touch, climb on, or go over rope lines around displays. By attending the event, you give permission to have your image and/or likeness reproduced for promotional and/or advertising purposes and/or by the media in print or digital formats.

  • What is your ticket policy?

    Tickets can be purchased both online and at the door. Online tickets are all date specific. All ticket sales are final.

    The festival is open rain or shine, but may close in case of inclement weather. We will announce all weather closures on our website and social media as soon as information becomes available. Please check online or call before visiting if you are concerned about weather conditions.
    In case of inclement weather where the festival is cancelled or closes early, ticket rain checks will be offered.

  • Can I reenter the festival on the same day if I must leave?

    Yes, visitors can re-enter the festival on the same day by getting a hand stamp upon exiting the grounds.

  • Is everything cash only?

    We accept both cash and credit cards at our box office and merchandise stands. Some food vendors may take cash only. ATM machines will be available onsite.

  • Do I have to print my online ticket?

    We can scan the ticket off your phone, but it is recommended that you print your tickets. You can print it on both sides!

  • Can I bring in food or drinks?

    No, with some exceptions. Baby formula is allowed, along with certain other exceptions for individuals with medical and special needs. You may bring sealed plastic water bottles, one per person, that can be filled utilizing water fountains located throughout the fairgrounds.

  • Are pets allowed?

    Service dogs are allowed if they are on a leash.

  • Are firearms or other weapons allowed when attending Dragon Lights?

    No person is allowed on Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds with a deadly weapon, concealed or not. Violators will be removed by law enforcement. NMAC

  • Is smoking permitted on the fairgrounds?

    Smoking is permitted only in designated areas.


Tickets are available both online and at the door. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance to guarantee festival entry and to avoid the $1 box office surcharge.

$17 ADULTS $18 at the door BUY TICKETS

age 5-16 (kids under 5 free)

$13 at the door BUY TICKETS

ID Required

$15 at the door BUY TICKETS


$15 at the door BUY TICKETS

with valid college student ID *only on Thursdays

$15 at the door BUY TICKETS
$48 Family 4-Pack

(2 adults and 2 children only)

$50 at the door BUY TICKETS
BUY TICKETS AT Chinese Culture Center Find Location

“Purchasing tickets in advance guarantees entry to the festival and saves some money!

Group Sales:

Discounted group rates are available for groups with 15 or more guests.

$2 off/person

Please contact for group ticket sales.

Onsite Box Office Hours:

Tuesday to Sunday: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Festival closed on Mondays


$5.00 Charged by New Mexico Expo, cash only


Expo New Mexico
300 San Pedro Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

Please enter through Gate 3 at San Pedro Dr. and Copper Ave. Then follow signs.



Dragon Lights Albuquerque

Expo New Mexico
300 San Pedro Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

Event sponsorship and vendor inquiries, please contact:
(888) 484-2698

Friends of Dragon Lights