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

Performances & Culture

Illumination Parade 
Each night at about 6:25 p.m., watch the parade as members of the entertainment staff lead a procession through the zodiac lantern displays in the Shrub Mall of the Botanical Gardens. The Illumination Parade will conclude at the main stage in time for the first performance of the night.

Stage Performances
Each night of the festival offers amazing stage performances highlighting Asian culture. Entertainment varies nightly. Acts include Tibetan dance, Bian Lian (face changing) an ancient Chinese art form from the Sichuan opera, Chinese fashion featuring the Qipao, and acrobats from China!

Performance times:

  • Tuesday - Thursday: 6:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday - Sunday: 6:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.


Cultural Displays
The historic Garden House will house the cultural displays. Three lantern replicas of the terra cotta warriors will be on view along with poster displays about the making of China Lights, and continuous streaming video on China’s history, culture, and tourism.


Mobile Guide 

Immerse yourself in the China Lights experience with our self-guided mobile tour app on your own smartphone or tablet. The guide can be purchased at the box office.


Browse the colorful marketplace for fun and beautiful China Lights souvenirs. Merchandise includes clothing, toys, artwork, jewelry, and much more!  Also take a taste of the great Asian and American food and beverages for added fun!

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