Boerner Botanical Gardens
Hales Corners,

Boerner Botanical Gardens
Hales Corners,

china Lights

Spectacular Showcase

China Lights 2023 features a complete new theme and 100% new lanterns. Join us to explore biodiversity in the ocean world and beyond with our larger-than-life light displays.

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The animated crab, glowing mandarin fish and the giant octopus tunnel are just some of the highlights of this year’s event. Vistors are going to see something different at every turn as they walk through the garden at night. We continue to renovate and expand the interactive playground area with even more photo opportunites in 2023!

Festival Time & Date

Nightly Entertainment:

Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. is when the stage performances take place. On Fridays and Saturdays at 9:00 p.m., there will be an additional performance.

Live stage entertainment will be back at the shrub mall with some of our favorite acts such as face changing and foot juggling

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Yes! Ticket holders can change the date and time of their tickets any time BEFORE the event starts. To move the date and time slot of your tickets, please follow instructions of this link here. Tickets date and time cannot be changed AFTER The event starts.
China lights is being held at the Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Dr., Hales Corners, Wisconsin. The Botanical Gardens are located in the northeast corner of Whitnall Park and is about 3 minutes west of Southridge Mall in Greenfield, Wisconsin. See location details.
China Lights is an event that celebrates the art, skill, and beauty of traditional Chinese lantern festivals that have been celebrated across Asia for the last 400 years. This has been accomplished through an almost two-month long building process where about 40 exhibits, made of more than 1,000 components, are welded together, covered with colored fabric, and then hand painted. These displays are then illuminated with LED lighting to complete the amazing visual experience. The show site is approximately 9 acres and has a 3/4 of a mile route that includes some steps and uneven surfaces. We recommend 2 hours to experience the entire exhibition. In addition to the lighted displays there are multiple nightly performances of classic Chinese arts. Performance times are posted at the stages nightly. There are also displays and videos highlighting the Chinese culture in the Garden House. Asian and American food is available for purchase along with beer and non-alcoholic beverages in the Shrub Mall and the Perennial Mall.
To create a safe and pleasant environment for all visitors, our tickets are date and time specific, and must be purchased online in advance. is the only official website for the event tickets. A limited number of walk-up tickets are available at the box office for people to purchase. The box office is open from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm on all event nights. There will be a surcharge of $4 – $12 for walk-up tickets. The box office may close early if the event exceeds its capacity limit for the night.

Yes! If you would like to transfer the ownership of your ticket to another person, you can do so from your Universe account. Tickets can only be transferred individually. Once a ticket has been transferred, the action cannot be undone. Any order with a transferred ticket will become non-refundable.

We have 3 time slots on all event days 5:30pm time slot ticket holders must enter the festival any time between 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. 7:00pm time slot ticket holders must enter the festival any time between 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. 8:30pm time slot ticket holders must enter the festival any time betwen 8:30 pm – 9:30pm. Last entry to the festival will be at 9:30PM. Once you enter the festival, you may stay until the end of the night at 10:00 pm.