Frequently Asked Questions
What is the China Lights Event?
China Lights is an event that celebrates the art, skill, and beauty of traditional Chinese lantern festivals that have been celebrated for the last 400 years. This has been accomplished through a month-long building process where the 40 exhibits, made of more than 1,000 components, are welded together and then covered with colored silk and then hand painted. These displays are then illuminated with LED lighting to complete the amazing visual experience. The show site is approximately 10 acres. Some paths will include uneven surfaces. We recommend 2.5-3 hours to experience the lantern displays.
In addition to the lighted displays there are multiple nightly performances of classic Chinese arts.
- Tuesday - Thursday: 6:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
- Friday - Sunday: 6:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
- Nightly Illumination Parade: 6:15 p.m.
There are also displays highlighting the history and culture of China from the past to the present.
Chinese and American food is available for purchase along with beer, wine, alcoholic beverages and non-alcoholic beverages.
When and where is China Lights being held?
May 12 – June 11, 2017
Tuesdays – Sundays, 5:30-10:00 p.m.
The Fairgrounds Nashville
Brown’s Creek Event Area located at Nolensville Parkway and Walsh Road.
625 Smith Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
- Adult (Age 18-59): $15
- Senior (Age 60+): $10
- Child (Age 5-17): $10
- Young Child (Under 5): FREE
- V.I.P.: $30 Includes early admission (5:00 p.m.), tour, parade, fan & mobile guide
- Season Pass (only available at Flea Market Office): $45
Allows one adult admission for repeat visits throughout the event.
PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are good for any night of the current season that the event is open. There is no refund due to rain, power outages, and/or other unforeseen conditions. There are no refunds for unused tickets.
Tickets can be purchased at the on-site box office during the event, through the event website at www.chinalightstn.com
Tickets are good for any night of the current season that the event is open. There is no refund due to rain, power outages, and/or other unforeseen conditions. In the unlikely event of a weather caused cancellation, patrons on the grounds will be given rain checks for a subsequent show.
Where can I purchase tickets?
What are admission policies of the China Lights event?
China Lights opens for general admission tickets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
V.I.P. tickets allow access to grounds starting at 5:00 p.m.
Persons presenting a ticket assume all risks incidental to the event. Tickets are good for any night of the current season that the event is open. There is no refund due to rain, power outages, and/or other unforeseen conditions. There are no refunds for unused tickets. In the unlikely event of a weather-related cancellation, patrons on the grounds will be given rain checks for a subsequent show.
All tickets include admission to view the displays, exhibits, and authentic Chinese performances. Tickets are good for any date the exhibit is open.
What does the ticket admission include?
Absolutely! We offer 10% discount for advance purchase tickets for groups of more than 20 people. You can contact our group sales department at (615) 862-8980 for details.
Do you offer a group discount?
The Fairgrounds will be running a parking operation.
Parking spots will be available for a $5.00 fee -- CASH ONLY!
Where can I park for the China Lights Event?
We will have limited parking spaces near the front gate to the show available on a free first-come, first-served basis with state-issued disabled parking or disabled Veteran parking license plates, or the state-issued disabled parking identification card. Please notify the parking attendant and they will direct you to the disabled parking area.
Where is Parking for People with Disabilities?
Cash, Credit Cards and Debit Cards will be accepted for all purchases except parking.
ATM machines will be available on site.
How can I purchase Tickets, Merchandise, Food & Beverage at China Lights?
China Lights is a unique exhibit. In the daylight hours, you can explore intricate construction of the structure and the massive size of these custom creations. In the evening hours, you will be wowed by the vibrant colors and the brilliant luminosity of the lanterns.
The optimal experience at China Lights is to arrive in the daylight and watch as the sunsets and the exhibits come to life glowing with incredible art and culture.
When is the best time to visit China Lights?
Guests may get near displays, but please do not touch, climb on, or go over rope lines around displays. We want to reduce wear and tear as much as possible.
How close can we get to the displays?
Can I photograph the displays?
Absolutely! Guests may take photos, but please do not touch, climb on, or go over rope lines around displays. Due to the large volume of people only monopods are allowed until 9:30 p.m. each night. After 9:30 p.m. you would be welcome to use a tripod. Keep in mind the show does close at 10:00 p.m.
Photography of the displays and performances is allowed but please do not touch, climb on, or go over rope lines around displays. By attending the event, you give permission to have your image and/or likeness reproduced for promotional and/or advertising purposes and/or by the media in print or digital formats.
What are the Photography Policies?
These items are not allowed into China Lights: carry-in food or beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), illegal drugs and controlled substances, weapons or objects that could be used as weapons, outside brochures or pamphlets, pets/animals (except service animals), lawn chairs, skateboards or skates, kites, Frisbees, or other carry-ins as determined by management.
China Lights Officials reserve the right to eject any person violating any law, rule, or policy.
What items are Prohibited on The Fairgrounds Property?
The show site is approximately 3/4 of a mile and does include some uneven surfaces. All displays can be viewed from paths. Multiple vantage points are available for some displays. Wheelchairs are welcome but there are none available on site.
How accessible is the China Lights Event?
Nightly at approximately 6:15 p.m. members of the entertainment staff and V.I.P. Ticket holders will participate in a procession to light the displays in the entertainment and concessions area. The procession ends up at the main stage for the first performance of the night.
When and where is the nightly Illumination Parade?
This is an outdoor event - rain or shine. Please check current weather conditions for your visit and dress appropriately. In the unlikely event of a weather-related cancellation, patrons on the grounds will be given rain checks for a subsequent show.
Is this an indoor or outdoor event?
The lost and found is operated in the office outside the front gate during show hours. During daytime hours, the Fairgrounds Offices can assist with lost items.
Do you have a ‘Lost and Found’?
For the enjoyment of all those attending this event, we do not allow animals except for service animals.
Do you allow animals?
This event is a smoke-free event. No smoking of any kind will be allowed. This includes vaping.
Can I smoke onsite?
The lanterns are taken apart by the Chinese artisans and technicians. Then they are carefully packed to move to the next show site to be rebuilt and refreshed. They are not available for purchase.