2017 SHOW HAS ENDED Boerner Botanical Gardens Hales Corners, Wisconsin
2017 SHOW HAS ENDED Boerner Botanical GardensHales Corners, Wisconsin

The Magic Returns!

Be Dazzled

Brighten up your autumn evenings with a visit to China Lights on the grounds of Boerner Botanical Gardens. This is the second tour of the renowned international lantern festival at The Gardens!   


The talented team of Chinese artisans and technical staff from Sichuan Tianyu, located in Zigong, are returning to Wisconsin to create a bigger and more magical paradise of light with extraordinary new displays. 


Aside from viewing the illuminated scenes, there are live performances, cultural displays, a marketplace, and activities for children. Visitors can also enjoy food and beverages at this family friendly event. 

Proceeds from China Lights ticket sales will go back into Milwaukee County Parks' Boerner Botanical Gardens thanks to the support of The Park People of Milwaukee County, Inc. 


Check out of our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.




The tradition of lighting lanterns began centuries ago. Lantern festivals can be traced back to the beginning of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25–220). On the 15th day of the first month in the Chinese calendar people lit fireworks and lanterns to pray for good harvest and good fortune. 


China Lights


to Milwaukee County Parks' Boerner Botanical Gardens!

Enjoy over 95% new lantern displays, more performances, more delicious food and more exciting vendors who will bring the gardens to life once again!

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