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Go See the Chinese Lanterns at the Reach for a Winter Pick-Me-Up

After a Covid hiatus, the Insta-perfect installation is back until February 6.

Photo courtesy of the Kennedy Center.

Winter got you down? Take advantage of the (slightly) warm weather this week and go for an evening stroll through the Lunar New Year lantern display at the Reach. Postponed last year because of Covid, the installation was a blockbuster hit when it first joined the Kennedy Center’s Lunar New Year festivities in 2020. Now it’s back in celebration of the Year of the Tiger—a fun feel-good activity for date nights, solo strolls, or family outings with the littles.

The Insta-ready setting features 100 lanterns made by Chinese artisans, and popping with 10,000 LED lights. And yay, it’s free.

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Photo courtesy of the Kennedy Center
Photo courtesy of the Kennedy Center
Photo courtesy of the Kennedy Center
Photo courtesy of the Kennedy Center
Photo courtesy of the Kennedy Center
Photo courtesy of the Kennedy Center
Photo courtesy of the Kennedy Center

The lantern display will be around until February 6. Additional Lunar New Year activities are also available during the celebration, with live performances this weekend. The installation is open every evening, but from Thursday through Sunday, refreshments are served. Hours: Thursdays–Saturdays 5:30-9:30 PM; Sundays 4-9 PM.

Tori Bergel
Editorial Fellow
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