Lights of the World Arizona: 5 displays you cannot miss at AZ's newest light show (360 video)

Posted at 1:50 PM, Dec 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-10 12:56:53-05

One of the newest light displays in the Valley is taking visitors on a journey across the world, and back in time to the age of the dinosaurs.

Lights of the World showcases 75 larger-than-life lighted displays depicting iconic and historical structures from around the world, including the Eiffel Tower, London Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and a Chinese temple. 

It is a $6 million production that has been brought to the U.S., specifically Rawhide Western Town in Chandler, by the U.S.-China Cultural & Educational Foundation, UCCEF, an organization that strives to be a "cultural and education bridge between the United States and China," according to its website.

Song Yang, director of UCCEF, claim this is the largest display in North America. There are other displays in Georgia and Texas, he said.

Arizona is the premiere for this particular lantern display. Yang said they picked Arizona because of its weather. If the show performs well, they hope to make it a permanent part of Arizona's holiday traditions.

ABC15 went last week and give you a 360-degree look at some of the largest displays. Here are 3 displays you do not want to miss!

MOBILE USERS: Click here to experience the Lights of the World festival in 360º view.

Top 5 things to not miss:

  • a 217-foot dragon made out of 100,000 China plates.
  • Dragon World - the T-rex is made out of recycled plastic bottles, while the stegosaurus is made from soda cans.
  • Eiffel Tower/London Bridge - You can walk under the London Bridge and in feet check out the Eiffel Tower.
  • Phoenix - the mythical bird that inspired the name behind our city, the Phoenix, is the first exhibit you see once you enter. It's made of steel, iron and cloth.
  • Chinese temple -- amongst the giant temple you will see giant lanterns that are illuminated and made from mini-filled water containers.

In addition to the displays, there is an acrobat show, a mini-market where vendors create hand-spun sugar lollipops in the shape of a dragon, and a carnival with 30 rides and games.

Lights of the World (Nov. 18, 2016 - Jan. 29, 2017)
Rawhide Western Town, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler AZ 85226
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., Friday, 5 p.m. - 11 p.m., Saturday - Sunday, 3 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Admission: $24.99 - adult (13+), $14.99 - child (3-12), $19.99 - senior (65+) and military.
Parking: $10 (bring cash).