The giant dinosaurs are surrounded by Halloween and Christmas decorations. (Grace Kennedy)

UPDATE: Giant dinosaurs at Cloverdale park part of upcoming Vancouver International Lantern Festival

Chinese Lantern Festival set to open mid-October

Are you one of the many Cloverdale locals wondering where the giant dinosaurs at Cloverdale’s Bill Reid Millennium Park came from?

The Jurassic decor was not, in fact, set up by the Museum of Surrey in anticipation of their Sept. 29 opening, featuring Dinosaurs Unearthed.

The dinos are part of the upcoming Vancouver International Lantern Festival that will be hosted at the park. The giant jack o’lanterns and Christmas decorations will also be incorporated into the display.

Organizers say that the festival is set to open in mid-October, and will run until early January.

The event website bills the festival as a “large-scale cultural event” that will “delight” residents of the Greater Vancouver area. The festival will be a fusion of past tradition and modern life.

It will offer more than “just a display of glorious lamp groups.” Festival-goers will also take in acrobatic performances and tea art, as well as traditional crafts and food tasting.

It will be open in the evenings, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and admission will cost $25 for adults and $13 for kids and seniors. Tickets are now available at an early bird price of $11.95 at

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The giant dinosaurs are part of an upcoming Chinese Lantern Festival. (Grace Kennedy)

The details for the festival are not yet set in stone, but organizers say more information will be available closer to the opening in mid-October.(Grace Kennedy)

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