During the holiday break my family and I ventured to Cary, North Carolina to see the annual Chinese Lantern Festival held at the Booth Amphitheatre.
The lanterns on display were absolutely incredible. According to the tour guide, all of the lanterns that were displayed were actually created and assembled (sewn together) in Cary as well. The craftsmanship involved in the making of the lanterns is pretty spectacular when you see them up close (my pictures do not do them justice). According to the site, each display holds hundreds of parts and thousands of LED lights.
Unfortunately the festival is only held for around three months during the winter. So next year grab a coffee and go check out the lights at night!