'Lights of the World' moves to Arizona State fairgrounds for 2017

PHOENIX - A relatively new light display to the Valley has found a new home at the Arizona State Fairgrounds.

"Lights of the World," which made its debut last year at Rawhide Western Town with 10 million lights and 75 larger-than-life lighted displays, will move to the fairgrounds near 19th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix this year.

Jenn Yee, assistant director of the fairgrounds, said via email that set-up has begun at the fairgrounds for the display and that a "teaser" display would be at the Arizona State Fair, which starts Oct. 6.

She said the owners wanted to be more centrally located in the Valley.

Last year's display included a 217-foot dragon made out of 100,000 China plates, a T-Rex made out of recycled plastic bottles, and a life-sized Chinese temple. The Statue of Liberty and London Bridge were also depicted.

The $6 million display was commissioned by the US-China Cultural and Educational Foundation, who was established in 1978 with the goal to create a "cultural and educational bridge" between the two countries, according to its website.

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The Lantern festival will open Nov. 16, 2017, and run through Jan. 2, 2018.

Tickets are $15 - $18 per person and can be bought online. Parking will be $12 per vehicle and cash-only, said Yee.

The acrobat performance is an additional $8 per person, according to the website. Military members and first responders get free admission on Tuesdays. Make sure to have proper ID.

IF YOU GO:
Lights of the World (Nov. 16 - Jan. 2, 2018)
Arizona State Fairgrounds, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road
Time: daily, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. (closed Dec. 26)
Admission: $15 - $18 per person. Acrobat show is $8 additional.

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