Last December, when I was celebrating my annual Christmas in California extravaganza, I spent a few days in San Diego visiting friends. While there, I had the opportunity to make merry at one of those oversize-Chinese Lantern Festival exhibits that pop up in stadium parking lots around the country at this time of year, and it was just amazing! If you live in the NY Tri-State area, you can visit the one they are having on Staten Island, and there is even a Groupon Deal for reduced-price admission! Score: a Direct Hit!
Why not do a little Googling and find out if there one going on where you live? It will be worth it!