Desert Lantern Festival - Nov 15 & 16


Country Thunder Ranch on November 15th and November 16th

Country Thunder Ranch
20585 E Water Way
Florence, AZ 85132
United States

Event Description:


Arizona’s Ultimate Lantern Experience!

Desert Lantern Festival is an event for the entire family to celebrate life, hopes, dreams, friends and family.  Experience the wonder of Desert Lantern Festival on Friday, November 15th and Saturday, November 16th at The Country Thunder Ranch in Florence, AZ. 

Design your own unique lantern.  When the time is right thousands of individual lanterns released in unison, create a beautiful night scene to remember.

  • Tickets
    • Adult Tickets
      $35.00 if purchased in advance
      $45.00 if purchased the day of event
      Adult tickets include lantern, design pen, match book
    • Youth Tickets
      $15.00 if purchased in advance
      $25.00 if purchased the day of event
      Youth tickets will not include lantern kits, just entry to the event

      Children 3 and under do not require a ticket

      A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold goes to Operation Santa Claus.  For more information about Operation Santa Claus, click HERE.
  • Music
    Enjoy your favorite hit music from the valley’s best DJ’s from 94.5 KOOL-FM, LIVE 101.5 and KMLE 107.9
  • Food
    A parade of Food Trucks will be lined up for your preference
  • Adult Fun
    Enjoy some adult beverages in the beer garden.
  • Kid Friendly
    The kids will get to enjoy from a variety of bounce houses, get their face painted and spend time in our petting zoo.  Additional fee applies.
  • Merchandise
    Choose from a number of merchandise items that will be available on-site for purchase including shirts, hoodies, hats, blankets, inflatable chairs, water spray bottles, light up toys for the kids and of course s’mores for the family!
  • Parking
    • $5.00 if purchased prior to date of the event
    • $10.00 if purchased the day of event
  • Event Schedule
    • 3:00 PM: Gates Open
      Enjoy Food Trucks, Drinks, Music, Bounce Houses and more!
    • 7:15 PM: Lantern Launch
    • 9:00 PM: Event Ends



  1. I’m worried about lighting the lanterns. Will it hurt the environment?
    1. Festival organizers work closely with the fire marshal, as well as state and local officials to ensure the safety of all event attendees. Desert Lantern Festival has received a permit for lighting and releasing lanterns. The lanterns used are 100% biodegradable, flame retardant and have a fuel cell that has a quicker burn time designed to fully burn out before returning to the Earth’s surface.
    2. Lanterns will not be released if weather conditions do not permit a release. Festival organizers work with the fire marshal to make sure weather conditions are safe before releasing the lanterns.
  2. What are the dates of the festival?
    1. Friday, November 15th and Saturday, November 16th
  3. How much are tickets?
    1. Adults (12 years old and above): $35 in advance and $45 day of the event
      1. Ticket includes one lantern and one design pen
    2. Children (4 years – 11 years old): $15 in advance and $25 day of the event
      1. Ticket includes entry
    3. 3 years old and under are FREE
    4. Groups: 15 people or more receive a 10% discount when purchasing. Enter the promo code “GROUP” at checkout.
  4. What is the address?
    1. Country Thunder Ranch: 20585 E. Water Way, Florence, AZ 85132
  5. What Can I bring with me?
    1. Folding chairs and blankets are welcome and encouraged.
    2. You may bring two (2) unopened bottles of water per person
    3. No coolers and no outside food
    4. Bags will be checked upon entry
    5. No weapons of any kind can be brought inside
  6. Are ATM’s available on site?
    1. Yes, we will have an ATM on site.  It is suggested to bring cash as there are areas that are CASH ONLY.
  7. What time does everything begin?
    1. Doors open at 3:00 pm each day
    2. Lantern lighting will take place around 7:00 pm each day, pending approval from the fire marshal
    3. Event closes at 9:00 pm each day
  8. What can we expect when we get out there?
    1. There will be things for the kids to do like bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo and facepainting
    2. Additional fees may apply
    3. More activities include Volleyball, corn hole, balloon twisting and Fairytale Princess meet and greets!
    4. Your favorite DJ’s from LIVE 101.5, 94.5 KOOL FM and KMLE Country 107.9 will be playing the best tunes all day/night
    5. Food will be available for purchase (including S’mores kits!)
  9. What does the lantern kit include?
    1. Lantern kit includes one 100% Biodegradable wire free lantern and one design pen
  10. Can I buy more lanterns?
    1. Absolutely! Extra lanterns are available for purchase at the merchandise tent.
  11. Can I bring my own lanterns?
    1. Outside lanterns are not permitted; this is for your safety and the environment’s safety.
  12. Parking
    1. Pre-paid parking is available for $5 +tax/fees per vehicle. Click here [← insert link:] to purchase now!
    2. Parking day of the event is $10 per vehicle.
  13. Can I bring my pet?
    1. We love your pets, which is why they are not allowed. For the safety of pets and all participants, please leave your pets at home. Service animals are allowed, but please bring required paperwork for proof.
  14. What happens if there is bad weather?
    1. Festival organizers and the fire marshal are watching the weather conditions closely. If high winds or rain is expected, the event may be postponed.
    2. Because Lantern events are subject to natural conditions and potential danger of fire, the Desert Lantern Festival may be canceled due to weather conditions including wind, rain, or drought situations.
  15. Can I get a refund?
    1. Due to the nature of the outdoor event, all tickets and fees are non-refundable and all sales are final.
  16. I lost something! Where do I go to pick it up?
    1. All lost and found items will be turned in to the Merchandise tent. If you already left the venue, you can email Bailey at for help finding your missing object(s)!


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