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Stockton Lantern Festival - Sensory Friendly Night

Admission: $19+

Location: Stockton Ballpark

404 West Fremont
Stockton, Ca 95203

Time: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Phone: (209) 373-1400

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Stockton Lantern Festival - Sensory Friendly Night

Stockton Lantern Festival - Koda's Journey to the Magic Forest at the Stockton Ballpark Produced by ASM Global
Sensory Friendly Night

BLOG: What to Expect at the Stockton Lantern Festival

Sensory Friendly Night for the Stockton Lantern Festival will take place on Monday, January 8, 2024. This extraordinary event will have a night to be sensitive and inclusive for those on the autism spectrum as well as individuals with sensitivity issues or developmental delays. This night will include lower decibel music, decreased capacity, to allow more space between crowds, reduced strobes and flashing lights, as well as access to a quiet area to decompress from sensory overload. Quiet areas do have a limited space so we ask all to be mindful of others and respectful of all in attendance for this special evening.

Prepare to experience a once in a lifetime event as your imagination takes control and you are immersed into the deep woods of Caballococha, Peru. Stroll through the mesmerizing displays as you follow in the footsteps of Koda, a fearless 8 year old boy, and join in his journey throughout the magical forest. The larger than life illuminated lanterns evoke the imagination and make memories that will last a lifetime for you and your children. Unlike anything you have ever seen, this festival will be one to visit time after time while the Stockton Ball Park hosts this magnificent display of lanterns.

It is truly an adventure for all ages to wander through the breathtaking art installations, attentively hand crafted by lantern artisans using the ancient technique of traditional Chinese lantern making. With a rich history spanning over 2,000 years, this extraordinary art form brings together tens of thousands of vibrant LED lights, an exquisite palette of colors, and a fusion of metal and fabric. Upon every turn in your journey a new impressive creature seemingly comes to life before your eyes. Smoke breathing dragons, color changing peacocks, butterflies, flowers, trees, insects, fairies, owls, all create a dream filled forest full of color for the child in everyone. Boasting hundreds of larger than life lanterns with the tallest being 50 feet high and the longest nearly 100 feet wide, 20,000 LED bulbs and over 82,000 feet of light rope and 11,500 feet of fabric are used to create this extraordinary event. The lantern displays are designed and handcrafted by the artisan team of Tianyu Arts & Culture Inc., the biggest lantern festival producer in the U.S.

The visual experience of the Magic Forest is accompanied by live stage performances showcasing an eclectic array of musical talent, dance and acrobatics. This spectacular display of lights will leave you with feelings of joy, serenity, and inspiration. You must tell your friends and family, so they too can experience Koda's Journey to the Magic Forest, a world of imagination and enchantment.

For more information on this unforgettable event, visit 

Follow the event on Facebook & Instagram for the most up to date information and a sneak peak into the forest.

Children ages 2-12 start at $19
Adults start at $23 

Special Discounts:
Military/Veterans: Save $5 with Valid ID with Proof of Service at Box Office.
Students: Save $3 at the gate on Wednesday's only with your student ID at Box Office.
Groups: A $3 per ticket discount is available for groups of 10 or more. Call 209-373-1400 or email to purchase.

Ticket Locations:
Adventist Health Arena Box Office - 248 W Fremont St. on the North Side of the building.
Monday 11am- 2pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11am- 2pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 11am- 2pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Stockton Ballpark Box Office - 404 W Fremont St, Stockton, CA 95203
11/20 – 11/22: 11am to 5pm
11/23: 7:00am to 12pm
11/24: 10am to 9pm
11/25 - 1/14: 2pm to 9pm

Online Tickets ( Online service charges apply )

5PM to 10PM daily, last ticket sold at 9PM. Please give yourself around 1 hour and a half to enjoy the phenomenal view. Take as little or as much time as you wish during operational hours to fully experience the forest.

Acrobatic Stage Performance Times:
Mon to Thurs - 5:30, 7pm and 8:30pm
Fri-Sun- 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30pm

Stockton Ballpark, 404 West Fremont, Stockton, Ca 95203

City Lots $15

Wheelchair Access:
Yes. Please take note that the event is on grass and dirt.

Fun Facts: 

  • Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Enjoy flavorful Peruvian inspired dishes. Adults may warm their bellies with the likes of Baileys & Coffee, Jameson & Hot Chocolate/Coffee, Cinnamon Whiskey and Apple Cider, and a Dirty Shirley while your children also take delight in warm non alcoholic treats to sip as you stroll.  
  • Take home a souvenir! Among these are the exquisite art of inner bottle painting and elaborate wire art sculptures in the forms of dragons, wands, and even cars! Purchase a memento of the festival as a cherished item from the glorious event.
  • Interactive Lanterns include swings, Simon Says, a stationary bike powered light, step switches to light lanterns and change their color, a xylophone, smoke blowing lanterns powered by footsteps, teeter totters and a color changing sequin wall.
  • There are 600+ individual lanterns
  • SO many Lightbulbs! RGB light 20000m/65000ft of lights.
  • The lanterns are made up of 25000m/82000ft of fabric.
  • There is 100+ tons of metal that make up the massive structures.
  • It took 50 days+25 days=600 hours to build the beautifully designed lanterns in China and the US. 

Weather Policy:
This event will go on rain or shine, however if the weather presents unsafe conditions for guests attending the festival the event may close to ensure guest safety, as that is top priority. Please visit our website, social media, or call us at 209.373.1400 in the case of extreme weather conditions and/or slippery road/surface conditions for details on cancelations and rescheduled tickets.

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