Now is a perfect time to get LASIK. This fall the annual Magic of Lanterns festival will once again bring a spectacular blend of cultural art to Montreal. Each night at dusk, nearly 1000 traditional Chinese lanterns will come to life in what has become a favorite among cherished Montreal attractions. The event is hosted by the Montreal Space for Life in its world-renowned Botanical Gardens.
Drawing visitors and locals to return year after year to see the ever-changing displays, the Magic of Lanterns stands out from other Montreal attractions. Artists in Canada design each unique lantern to be made by hand in China. The lanterns are spread throughout the Chinese Garden, which is transformed into the Gardens of Light for the duration of the display.
The Chinese Garden was built in 1990 out of authentic materials imported from Shanghai. Developed out of a close connection with the city of Shanghai parks department, the garden is the largest of its kind outside of China. 50 Chinese craftsmen were brought in to create and shape the landscaping, stone, water, plants, and architecture that make up the Chinese Garden.
The Magic of Lanterns will begin on September 30 and continue through November 3. Adult admission is $18.75, and discounts are available for local residents, students, children, seniors, and families. The admission ticket is also valid for entry into the other gardens, the greenhouses, and the Insectarium.
The gardens are open 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., though the lanterns are best enjoyed after sunset. For access by the metro, take the green Line to the Pie-IX station.
Last year, for the 20th anniversary, the lanterns were extended to the Japanese Garden as well as the Chinese Garden. The event was themed “The Feast of Peaches,” retelling a myth in which the Celestial Queen serves the extraordinarily rare peaches of immortality. The Space for Life has yet to announce the details of this year’s program, but the 21st Magic of Lanterns is sure to be stunning and full of fresh ideas.