The Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined

It’s almost impossible to describe how beautiful and amazing the lanterns at the Missouri Botanical Garden Lantern Festival are. They’re so detailed and colorful, massive yet delicate, and some of them include changing colors, movement, water, steam, or fire features, plus music playing in the background. It’s an amazing experience to walk through and see them, and you really should go do so. Just in case you can’t make it, though, I’m just going to let the pictures speak for themselves, so you can get a glimpse of each beautiful creation.

Phoenix Reborn

Sun Yatsen Gate



Full Bloom Peonies

Porcelain Elephants: Toward a Better Time


Wetland Wonders

Lotus Girl and the Dragon King


Soaring Dragon Horse


Crane Paradise

Chrysanthemum Pathway

Dandelions and Pandas

Cherry Tree Arches



Double Ninth Festival



Construction of the Great Wall

Flower Fairies


Lantern Way

Porcelain Stupas Pagoda


Joyous Greeting

Giant Penjing

Year of the Sheep

Peacock Vase

Now you have an idea of what kind of amazing things you can expect to see at the Lantern Festival. But pictures are no substitute for seeing and experiencing the whole thing for yourself, so please visit the Missouri Botanical Garden one evening this summer!

It’s Almost Lantern Festival Time!

Today, the children and I visited the Missouri Botanical Garden for the last time before we go back for the Lantern Festival. To my untrained eye, it looks like almost of the displays are done. We also discovered that a few of the lanterns are also fountains, and one even breathes smoke!

I can’t wait to see them lit up night…just one more week!

More Lantern Work

We were back at the Missouri Botanical Garden today, and we couldn’t believe how much progress has been made on the lanterns:

We already have our tickets…we get to see them lit up three weeks from today! I can’t wait!

Preparing for the Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden begins in just under a month, and they’re already hard at work installing the displays:

Even partially done, and in the daylight, the lanterns are beautiful, but I can’t wait to see what they look like lit up at night!