China Lights Lantern Festival Announces Exclusive Preview Night
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MILWAUKEE (July 11, 2018) — Organizers of China Lights, the wildly popular Chinese lantern festival at Milwaukee County’s renowned Boerner Botanical Gardens, announced today the opening of Preview Night tickets sales as well as opportunities to work as interns and volunteers.
China Lights: Panda-mania is a cultural festival that will illuminate the nine-acre botanical gardens with 45 three-foot to three-story handmade lantern displays along a three-quarter-mile walking route. Lantern exhibits of panda habitat and three interactive displays will be among the new highlights at this year’s festival. Also featured will be two stages for Asian folk-culture performances, a marketplace, and two dining areas with a variety of Asian and Western menu options. The show will run from Sept. 21–Oct. 21, at Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 W. Boerner Drive in Hales Corners, WI. Tri City National Bank is the presenting sponsor of the event, and WE Energies is the entertainment sponsor.
Tickets to the Exclusive Preview Night party, Sept. 19, from 6–9 p.m., include close-up parking, admission, three behind-the-scenes tours, a parade, two stage performances, Asian hors d’oeuvres and beverages, artisan craft demonstrations, a collector’s premium, the mobile guide, and one VIP admission ticket for a return visit to the 2018 festival. A limited number of Exclusive Preview Night tickets are available for $100 per person and are currently available online at chinalights.org. Beginning Aug. 8, the Preview Night tickets will also be available at the Boerner Botanical Gardens front desk between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
To enrich the experience of festival-goers, China Lights will be hiring two interns to work in every aspect of event-planning management for two days per week during the full run of the festival. The schedule is flexible. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and should have an interest in gaining experience in this industry. For more information, call 414-525-5628.
Other operational improvements to this year’s show include priority-access tickets, which patrons purchase online and print at home; 10 fully-lit complimentary parking lots (first-come, first-served); and expanded complimentary shuttle service from four outer parking lots to the China Lights entrance.
Festival hours will be 5:30–10 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The event will be closed Mondays. China Lights admission tickets will be valid any night of the regular 2018 schedule.
On-line ticket sales will open Aug. 8, (8/8) at 10:08 a.m. Ticket prices are the following: Child, age 5-17, $12; Adult, age 18-59, $20; Senior, age 60+; one-visit individual VIP package, $30; and unlimited-visit individual Season Pass, $50.
For more information, call 414-525-5628 or visit ChinaLights.org
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