Boerner Botanical Gardens Hales Corners, Wisconsin
Boerner Botanical GardensHales Corners, Wisconsin


China Lights: Panda-Mania

Presented by TriCity National Bank

Visit Milwaukee County's Boerner Botanical Gardens for a delightful evening of celebrating! The talented team of Chinese artisans and technical staff from Sichuan Tianyu are back with 45 new, handmade lanterns depicting animals, plants, traditions, and more! 


The lantern exhibits of panda habitat and other endangered species and three interactive displays will be among the new highlights at this year’s festival.


Enjoy the full China Lights experience with all the fun:


A special thanks to all the great sponsors that made China Lights: Panda-Mania possible. Proceeds from China Lights ticket sales will go back to support Milwaukee County Parks.


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



History of Lanterns

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. 


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