Chinese lanterns, acrobats part of Sugarloaf Mills holiday celebration

Sugarloaf Mills is bringing an international flair to its holiday celebration.

The Lawrenceville shopping center will feature a Chinese lantern festival and the Beijing Acrobats in an elaborate winter attraction called Illuminate, according to a press release. There will be a maze of lanterns and sculptures, some standing more than 20 feet. The acrobats will perform in an enclosed tent at the shopping center four times a night, with two different kinds of choreographed shows.

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The lanterns will make up three distinct “villages” in the attraction. The first, the Forbidden City, evokes the history of ancient China, including lanterns looking like the legendary Terracotta Army, a collection of sculptures made in the image of Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s soldiers. 

The second village is themed “Under the Sea,” featuring aquatic-themed sculptures and lanterns. The final stop is the Christmas Village, which will be packed with illuminated holiday decorations.

In addition to the lanterns and acrobats, there will be a Global Pavilion featuring international food and vendors. The attraction runs from Nov. 21 through Jan. 1 and you can buy tickets at

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