Disclaimer: As part of the US Family Guide blogger network we recieved free family passes to Lights of the World, in return for an honest review. We were not compensated in any other way, and all opinions are our own.
Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate the upcoming holiday's or ring in the New Year? Then be sure to add Lights of the World to your holiday family fun list. The Lights of the World experience will be on display until February 3rd, 2019 at the AZ State Fairgrounds. It is the largest light and lantern show in the USA.....with over 10 million lights.
We were privileged to get a sneak peek of Lights of the World the night before it officially opened to the public. Words and pictures don't describe how beautiful, brightly colored and detailed the displays are. The sheer size of some of the displays is really spectacular....like the Capitol Building.
It took us about 1 1/2 hrs to make our way through the 65 light displays which are broken into 11 exhibit areas: Golden Castle, Children's Playground, Christmas Dream, Oriental Aromatic, Trek Across Europe, Animal Kingdom, Isles of Oceania, America America, Acrobatics & Sea Lion Show, Carnival and Dinotopia.
Also included in general admission are carnival rides and live performances. We were able to watch the aweinspiring Chinese acrobatic show the night we attended and were so impressed with the level of talent the performers had. We highly recommend making sure you see the show. The total show performance was about 20-30 minutes. Unlimited carnival rides are also included, but we didn't try those out because we are not a thrill seeking family, lol. There ar also international food purveyors and artisans, should you get hungry during your visit (not included in admission).
As a homeschool family we are always excited when a fun adventure also turns into an educational one, and Lights of the World was no exception. The majority of the displays showcase different cultures and civilizations around the World. And each of the displays has a placard with information about the landmark and/or culture. We also liked that many of the placards had information on how tall and/or long the displays are.
The kids loved the interactive playground areas, especially the swings.
Know Before You Go:
Through February 3rd, Light's of the World will be open Tuesday through Sunday 5-10 pm. Regular admission is $24.99 per person, $19.99 (age 65 and older), under age 3 free. Discount tickets are available through Food City. I'd also recommend keeping an eye out on Groupon or similar websites for discounts. Parking is $10 cash only. Wheelchairs and strollers are available to rent. The grounds are ADA accessible. Porta potties are the only restroom facilities available on the grounds.