Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined

Cherry Blossom Arch lantern installation

Presented by Emerson

Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined brings all-new lighted works of art to the Garden this summer!

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

Lantern Festival ticket graphic
Purchase Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined tickets below!

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
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. 

Relive the Magic

Experience highlights from 2012's Lantern Festival: Art by Day, Magic by Night.

View Lantern Festival images

Become a Lantern Festival Volunteer!

Lantern Festival wouldn't be possible without the help of dozens of volunteers working in various capacities throughout the event.

Learn how you can help!