Chinese Lantern Festival to Light Up Boerner Botanical Gardens This Fall

You won’t want to miss this magical display of larger-than-life Chinese lanterns.

Photo by Emily Heller (MKE Parks)

Last year, more than 100,000 visitors attended the renowned China Lights lantern festival at Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners. The high demand for tickets required sales to be suspended.

This year, the show is slated to be even bigger and brighter, with more lanterns, performances and food vendors. Artisans from Zigong City will arrived in Milwaukee in August to work on the nearly 50 themed lanterns, which range in size from about three feet to three stories high. Some artisans will be hand-tying over 60,000 porcelain cups, plates and spoons to a metal frame, creating a massive pagoda complex.

Ninety-five percent of the lantern displays are new, with only the two most popular displays returning.

Live Chinese folk-culture performances will take place on two stages, while a variety of local vendors will be providing Asian and American cuisine and drinks.

Tickets for “China Lights: The Magic Returns” are now available online and at selected Milwaukee County Parks locations. The display, which is presented by Tri City National Bank, will run from September 22 to October 22 at Boerner Botanical Gardens (9400 W. Boerner Dr., Hales Corners).



Elisabeth Wallock is a contributing digital editor at Milwaukee Magazine. She graduated from Colorado State University and has interned at Marie Claire in New York and Urban Outfitters in London.