Sneak Peek: China Lights ahead of Friday's opening

Posted at 10:23 PM, Sep 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-21 12:42:58-04

China Lights is back by popular demand at Boerner Botanical Gardens for a second year and  "China Lights: The Magic Returns" is sure to get your senses going.

"It's phenomenal.  It's something that everybody needs to see," said Corie Ward, New Berlin.

"I mean really it's unbelievable," said Tom Fladeland, Milwaukee.

Fifty displays light up 10 acres at Boerner Botanical Gardens. All but two are new this year. 

"When the sun goes down and the lights come on it's just the magical place to be," said Shirley Walczak, Boerner Botanical Gardens Director.

Twenty-six artisans from China spent seven weeks at the garden crafting the displays. 

"There's more than 1,000 components and everything is hand made," said Huiyual Liu, Event Manager.

Guests will see performers from China take the stage. There's more food vendors this year and a Chinese Marketplace to do some shopping.  Also, there's more parking and a new entrance and exit to help with traffic.

"This is a perfect garden for doing this show because there are different trails, and trees, and plants, and the lanterns blend in perfectly with the whole environment," Liu said.

"We kind of take you to China," Walczak said.

"China Lights: The Magic Returns" runs from Sept. 22 - October 22, Tuesday-Sunday from 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.  It costs $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children.  Proceeds go to the garden and the company who puts on the show.