Skip to content

Dragon Lights Festival



Story and photography by Britt Cole

Knoxville’s first ever Chinese lights festival, Dragon Lights, was on display at Chilhowee Park from March 16- April 22. Presented by Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc and SMG Knoxville, this amazing display consisted of 42 large lighted lanterns assembled on site by skilled Chinese artists who travel worldwide to keep this tradition alive.

Each lantern consists of vibrant, beautiful silk wrapped over wire with several multi colored lights to create the exotic designs that filled the park. The festival also consisted of a live Chinese acrobat show and other artists displaying their handicrafts including inner bottle and traditional Chinese sugar painting.

More Stories

  • Graysen and Lane Bloom

    Graysen and Lane met in high school and continued dating long distance through college. Graysen graduated from Lipscomb University while Lane graduated from Carson Newman University. They both knew they wanted to get married after college. Read More
  • Nikki and Nathan Stachey

    Technology may be considered by some a necessity. Others may consider it something fun and useful. But can technology be considered romantic? In Jessica Nicole (Nikki) and Nathan’s case, the answer is yes. Technology is what first brought the couple together. Read More
  • Rick McGill's Airport Toyota Donates $30k to UT Medical Center Cancer Institute

    Representatives from Rick McGill’s Airport Toyota recently presented a donation to the University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute. Over the last three years, Rick McGill’s Airport Toyota has donated a total of $30,000 to UT Medical Center Cancer Institute to support breast cancer research and outreach. Read More
  • Editor's Letter

    As I write this, the weather report has just informed me that we have reached the predicted high for today-- 30 degrees--and that the expected low tonight will be 15. Time to bring out the extra blankets. Read More