September 22 - October 22, 2017 Boerner Botanical Gardens Hales Corners, Wisconsin
September 22 - October 22, 2017 Boerner Botanical GardensHales Corners, Wisconsin

The Magic Returns!

Be Dazzled

Brighten up your autumn evenings with a visit to China Lights on the nine-acre 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. 




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


Come celebrate Asian culture with beautiful new lantern displays at 
Boerner Botanical Gardens

China Lights returns with 95% new sculptures and double the incredible performances! More delicious food and exciting vendors will bring the gardens to life once again!


SEPT 22 - OCT 22, 2017

Tuesday - Sunday
5:30 pm - 10 pm

Closed Monday 

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