Nashville Lantern Festival is a one-night celebration of art, light, Chinese culture, and the impending arrival of spring. The highlight of the evening will be a community lantern parade beginning around 7:00. Prior to the parade, food will be available; there will be light-themed activities and displays to check out; and materials and instructors will be available for last-minute lantern making.

The traditional Chinese celebration Spring Lantern Festival is the inspiration for Nashville Lantern Festival. Families in many parts of China mark the end of Chinese New Year—February 11 this year—by getting together to view colorful lantern and light displays, sample festive foods such as yunxiao/tangyuan (rice dumpling balls), and play riddle-guessing games for prizes.

Nashville Lantern Festival is a free community event organized by the Hillsboro High School PTSO and Friends of the Hillsboro Cluster.


This year’s festival will be held at Hillsboro High School, 3812 Hillsboro Pike. Parking is available in the school lots off Hillsboro Pike, Richard Jones Road, and Glen Echo Road.