Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined
Celebrating the Garden's ongoing botanical research in China, 22 all-new sets crafted from silk and steel once again offer visitors from around the world the opportunity to experience an event rarely staged outside of Asia.

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Purchase Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined tickets below!

Tickets are also available at the Ridgway Visitor Center and by phone at (314) 678-7442 or toll-free at (844) 461-4655.
About the Lantern Festival

Lantern festivals are a central part of Chinese culture, dating back thousands of years. Today, lantern festivals traditionally mark the Chinese New Year, when complex and ornate lanterns fill cities.

The 22 sets that will make up Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined will be constructed using traditional materials including silk, wire and porcelain. Each set will be accompanied by interpretation detailing the design's tradition, symbolism and meaning.

In keeping with the Garden's focus on sustainability, some sets will incorporate recycled materials, building materials will be recycled and Ameren Missouri Pure Power will donate Missouri wind energy credits to offset the electricity required to power the event.
Special Evenings

Save the date for these special one-night-only opportunities! 

Lanterns at Your Leisure
Monday, June 8th
7 to 10 p.m.
Enjoy unlimited magic on this special night when we limit the number of guests to below our normal capacity.
$45 adults (ages 13 and up)
$20 children (ages 3 to 12)

Photographers Only
Monday July 20th
7:30 to 10 p.m.
Bring your tripods and monopods and get that perfect shot! We’re turning the Lanterns on just for you.
Limited attendance.
$45 Garden members
$55 General admission
Register now
Powering Lantern Festival

Electricity used for the Lantern Festival was matched with renewable energy certificates (RECs) from a Missouri wind farm through the Ameren Missouri Pure Power program. By matching the electricity with RECs, the Lantern Festival has a zero carbon footprint from electricity usage.
Dates, Hours & Admission

May 23 to August 23, 2015
Open Thursday-Sunday evenings from May 23-July 31*
Open nightly from August 1-23
6 to 10 p.m.

Evening Admission*
May 23 - July 31:
$22 adults
$11 members
$10 children (ages 3-12)
$5 members' children

August 1-23:
$26 adults
$13 members
$10 children (ages 3-12)
$5 members' children

*Daytime viewing included with regular Garden admission from May 23 to August 23. Lanterns will not be lit on the Fourth of July or on Whitaker Music Festival evenings. 
Photography at Lantern Festival

Photographers: To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all of our visitors, please leave your monopods and tripods at home. We appreciate your cooperation.

The Garden will be hosting special opportunities just for photographers to experience Lantern Festival. Watch for dates and more information. 

Story Maps

Learn more about the stories related to the lanterns and the Garden's plant collections. 

Explore the Lantern Festival Story Map


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Opening Weekend Sponsor:

Centene Charitable Foundation

Installation Sponsors:
The Boeing Company 
Centene Charitable Foundation 
Crawford Taylor Foundation
Drury Hotels Company
Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Gallagher, United Fruit and Produce Company 
Ms. Elizabeth L. Green 
The Konzen Family 
Jeanne and Steve Maritz 
Missouri Botanical Garden Corporate Council
Missouri Botanical Garden Members’ Board and Alumni 
Missouri Botanical Garden Young Friends Council and Alumni
Sachs Properties 
Judy and Gene Toombs 
UMB Bank 
Wells Fargo Advisors