This is it folks! The last weekend for China Lights at Boerner Botanical Gardens!
What are the China Lights? It’s an amazing traveling display of dazzling lantern sculptures! The event is also home to some amazing performances, parades, and of course food!
This is the last weekend that the event is in Milwaukee and I highly suggest you check it out if you haven’t already. However, it’s busy. So knowing these few little tricks might help you out!
First, parking. Oh parking. The Boerner Botanical Gardens has a lot, however it’s rather small. Which means that for this event you need to park in a satellite parking lot and either walk or take a shuttle to the Gardens. Our family, instead, chose to park on Glenwood Drive. There is a little path through the woods that leads to Whitnall Park Dr and it was a much shorter walk for us.
Next, arrival time. The China Lights open at 5:30pm. Plan to be there AT 5:30pm. We arrived at 6pm and the line for parking was very long. After that, we didn’t experience any problems, however as we were leaving it was incredibly crowded. In fact, the line to GET IN was over an hour long. Reports say that over 10,000 people visited that night. Since we got there early, we were able to avoid most of those people!
When you’re touring the lanterns, I highly recommend doing the path to the left first. The traffic sadly is allowed to go both ways, however it seemed that if you went left to right you were mostly with the right-away.
If you’d like to see the parade, it happens at 6:15pm (again, get there right when it opens!). The shows are multiple times a night. We watched the 6:30pm show, however in hindsight, I would have watched the 8pm show instead. That way I could have viewed the lanterns with less of a crowd. The live performance was amazing and reminded us very much of the Jeweled Dragon Acrobats in Walt Disney World’s Epcot World Showcase! Very entertaining for both young and old.
Food. Yeah. The food is amazing. Zilli Catering provides some amazing Asian options along with simple American grill options for the picky eaters (I’m looking at you, toddler!). They also have an egg roll apple pie dessert that is a knock out and surely not to be missed if you like apple pie!
The kids loved the China Lights and I hope you and your family are able to experience them before they pack up and leave on November 6th!