Chinese Lantern Festival
Boerner Botanical Gardens Chinese Lantern Festival is a hit. Our photos show why.
It’s a unique event that is attracting great attention: the Chinese Lantern Festival at Boerner Botanical Gardens. The exhibit, “China Lights: Boerner Brighter Than Ever,” is a celebration of Asian culture featuring 40 larger-than-life sculptural lantern displays, state performances highlighting folk-culture entertainment and activities, and a crowded marketplace.
The festival is open from 5:30-10:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Sunday, through Oct. 30. Boerner Botanical Gardens is located in Whitnall Park at 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, WI.
To create the festival, about 30 artisans from China have created welded metal frames using various LED lights in many different colors. The result is a range of colorful displays, from smaller ones to a glowing, 200-foot-long dragon.
At about 6:15 p.m., each night, the festival features a procession to light the zodiac display in the Shrub Mall of the Botanical Gardens. The Illumination Parade will conclude at the main stage.
Entertainment will be varied throughout the run of the show. Tuesday through Thursday, performances will be at 6:30 and 8 p.m. A third performance will be added every Friday through Sunday at 9 p.m.
The festival had its kick-off celebration on the weekend of Oct 1-2 and each weekend since then has a special theme.
October 14-16: Moon Festival Weekend, presented by Tri-City National Bank, the Milwaukee Chinese Community Center, and OCA Wisconsin, will feature Chinese calligraphy, painting and knot-typing. There will be food demonstrations of water-lantern-floating, watermelon carving and much more.
October 29-30: Closing Weekend will feature the closing ceremony, giveaways and tours.
China Lights admission tickets is $15 for adults (age 18-59) and $10 for seniors (age 60 and up) and children (age 5-17). Children under age 5 will be admitted free.
For $30, a patron may purchase a one-visit VIP ticket, which includes a behind-the-scenes tour, optional participation in the Illumination Parade, fabric lantern and much more.
Grass-lot parking is included with all admission tickets.
For more information, visit chinalights.org.