Chinese Lantern Festival

New Dates Set
October 15 - January 3
Wednesday - Sunday, 6 - 10 p.m.
(Opens at 5 p.m. Beginning November 11)

The Chinese Lantern Festival returns with hundreds of all new lanterns featuring vibrant flora and fauna. Each handmade lantern is constructed by masters of the craft in Zigong, the originator of the festival. Illuminated mythical creatures, flowers, trees, insects, and critters will glow throughout the Garden and interactive light displays and colorful archways will captivate all. Marvel at acrobatic shows, browse the marketplace featuring authentic Chinese folk arts and crafts handmade onsite, and explore the lush Asian-inspired garden displays.


Garden members receive 30% off tickets including up to four guests. Click here to become a member today! Tickets may sell out, so we encourage all guests to purchase tickets online in advance. Limited tickets will only be available at the door if the date hasn't sold out.

Online AdvancePrices Increase At the Door (When Available)
Adult:  $23.95Adult: $26.95
Senior 60+:  $21.95Senior 60+: $23.95
Child 2 – 12:  $15.95Child 2 – 12:  $16.95
Child Under 2: FreeChild Under 2: Free
Members: 30% off + Up to 4 GuestsMembers: 30% off + Up to 4 Guests

Admission with Chinese Lantern Festival tickets begin at the time designated on your ticket or later.  These tickets are not valid for daytime admission or before 6 p.m. Daytime admission is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with entry ending at 4 p.m. and requires the purchase of a general admission ticket or Garden membership. Questions? Contact us at 704-829-1294.


Where is the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden located?
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is located just west of Charlotte at the N.C./S.C. state line, outside the quaint town of Belmont. The Garden is easily accessible from Interstates 85 and 77 and less than 30 minutes from uptown. View on Google Maps >

Do you recommend purchasing tickets in advance online or at the door?
We recommend that all visitors purchase tickets online in advance for the quickest entry due to the popularity of this event. Popular evenings may sell out! Tickets are nonrefundable.

What does the ticket admission include?
Admission includes parking, access to the Garden and all lantern displays, authentic Chinese performances, and complimentary crafts for children. Tickets do not include food or beverages.

Are packages available for groups and group tours?
Groups of 15+ can purchase tickets for self-guided tours in advance by calling 704-829-1252 at the standard advance ticket price. Groups of 15-25 can register for a 60-minute guided tour at either 6 or 7:45 p.m. by calling 704-829-1252. Guided tours are $100 plus admission for each guest. Payment is required two weeks in advance.

What if it rains or if there is bad weather?
The Garden is open rain or shine, but in the event of extreme weather including dangerous storms, the Garden may close. Please call 704-825-4490 prior to your visit. Rain checks will be issued if the Garden closes for the safety of our guests.

Do you need volunteers for the Chinese Lantern Festival?
Yes! Please email or call 704-829-1257 if you’re interested!

Is the Garden still open during the day?
Yes, the garden is open for general admission during the day. Please click here to view regular daytime hours and admission. If you plan to visit during the day and also during the evening, you will need to to purchase both daytime admission passes and also Chinese Lantern Festival tickets.

Can I bring my camera?
General photography is encouraged, but please review our Photography Policy before your visit if you plan on bringing more than a phone or basic camera.

Can I bring food and/or beverages?
Beverages, dinner options and snacks will be available for purchase from The Garden Store and vendors. The Garden does not have a restaurant onsite. Picnics and coolers are welcome anywhere on the property, but please no alcoholic carry-ins. Please leave grills at home.

Is the Garden handicap and stroller accessible?
The Garden is fully handicap and stroller accessible, but does not provide wheelchairs or strollers onsite. Benches are located throughout the Garden, but do expect walking both indoors and outdoors to view the exhibit.

Are pets allowed?

Only trained service animals that perform life functions for individuals with disabilities are permitted in the Garden.

Where can I learn more about Hanart Culture and the Chinese Lantern Festival?
Hanart Culture is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL with events throughout the U.S.A. and abroad. Visit to learn more.

Members receive 30% off member tickets in addition to up to four guest tickets per visit. Not a member yet? Join the Garden today for free daytime admission, year-round benefits, and discounts on events.

Online ticket sales close at 4 p.m. each day. Limited tickets may be available at the door. Please note, digital or printed tickets must be presented at entry for admission to the Garden. Ticket sales at the door and entry end at 9 p.m. each evening.

Admission with Chinese Lantern Festival tickets begins at 6 p.m. These tickets are not valid for daytime admission or before 6 p.m. Daytime admission is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with entry ending at 4 p.m. and requires the purchase of a general admission ticket or Garden membership. Questions? Contact us at 704-829-1294.