Yes, China Lights returned to Milwaukee for a third run of the show! I was so excited when they brought the show to the Boerner Botanical Gardens for the first time in 2016. I never expected that we’d get a second, much less a third, run of it. But China Lights continues to be a regular fall feature at the gardens. Due to its ongoing extreme popularity, I would be surprised if it doesn’t stick around for good now.
Continuing my timely summer and fall 2017 in Milwaukee posts, I’m finally sharing pictures from this year’s China Lights at the Boerner Botanical Gardens, which ran in October. China Lights 2016 was amazing and honestly not an event I thought they’d bring back. I just thought it would be a one time thing, and then they’d move it to another city, you know? But they did bring it back and better than ever with tons of new displays. I knew that we had to make it a priority to attend, even with the craziness of finding a sitter or bringing Tommy.
Tommy did go with us and had a blast, despite the cold and crazy crowds. The crowds in the exhibit actually weren’t too bad, the parking situation at the gardens is just nuts. If they do run it again, most likely I’d go by myself on a weeknight at a later time (8:00 or so). We still had a lot of fun and really enjoyed all of the displays.
This month, China Lights is right here in the Milwaukee area at the beautiful Boerner Botanical Gardens. The Pabst Theater and Marcus Center have been promoting it for weeks so I’ve been excited about it for quite a while, even though I didn’t really know what to expect. Blown away. The exhibit is expansive, filling a large section of the gardens, and it’s so colorful. The event also includes food, drink, live music, and other special happenings such as parades and cultural demonstrations.
China Lights runs through November 6, from 5:30-10:00 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Milwaukee experienced China Lights record-breaking attendance the second weekend it ran here, which is pretty awesome. It also means you should prepare accordingly, particularly if you visit on a weekend. Purchase your tickets and familiarize yourself with the parking options in advance so you can get into the exhibit as quickly as possible. Visit the official China Lights site for more information. On Milwaukee also has a helpful article about the logistics of the event.