HALES CORNERS- After a lovely festival in 2016, which drew over 100,000 visitors last year, the China Lights light show is coming back to the Boerner Botanical Gardens this September. This year’s festival will run from September 22 to Oct 22, and several Chinese artisans from Zigong City will arrive in August to prepare for the show. The festival will be sponsored by Tri City National Bank, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, and Travel Wisconsin.

Jordyn Noennig at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

After an extended stay that drew more than 100,000 visitors last year, a revamped  “China Lights: The Magic Returns” is coming to Boerner Botanical Gardens with an almost entirely new light show, according to a Milwaukee County Parks news release.

This is the second year that the festival will come to the garden at 9400 W. Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, with 95% of the show new and the two most popular displays returning.

The 2017 festival will run Sept. 22 through Oct. 22, featuring nearly 50 handmade giant lantern displays, two stages for Chinese folk-culture activities and two dining areas with Asian and Western food vendors.

Artisans from the Chinese town Zigong City will arrive in Milwaukee in August to begin work on the show’s more than 1,000 components, which include creating lanterns ranging from 3 feet to three stories high.

Read more at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.