Get to know the touring celebration of Chinese culture visiting the Ohio State Fairgrounds.

Get to know the touring celebration of Chinese culture visiting the Ohio State Fairgrounds.

The Chinese Lantern Festival made its Ohio debut Nov. 25 at the state fairgrounds. Open through the holidays, the touring celebration of Chinese culture will fill the fairgrounds' Natural Resource Park with massive illuminated displays of animals, plant life and other figures. In October, Chinese artisans arrived in Columbus to begin the month-long process of creating the intricate structures, some of which have a holiday theme. "It's like a Christmas light show with a twist," says Allison Newell, the festival's marketing manager. Here are some fun facts about the attraction that runs through Jan. 2.ohiolanternfestival.com

Shining Bright: Twenty artisans will create 28 silk-lantern structures that will include more than 15,000 LED lights.

Previous Stops: Columbus is the seventh American city to host the festival. Previous tour stops include Milwaukee, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Spokane.

Enter the Dragon: The largest structure is a dragon that's as long as six school buses.

Beat the Cold: Yes, it's an outdoor event, so dress appropriately. But organizers also plan to station heat lamps throughout the park to help keep visitors warm.

Beyond the Lights: Lights aren't the only attraction. The event also includes nightly traditional Chinese song and dance performances, as well as authentic Chinese food.