My expectation for a Lantern Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden was a garden walk illuminated with dozens and dozens of Chinese lanterns hanging from trees. And yes, they had that. And so much more. It is a magical and entertaining display. They have 22 larger than life displays constructed of silk, steel and porcelain.
The special program runs nightly through August 23 and is well worth the trip to St. Louis. The Botanical Garden closes at 5:00 pm and the Lantern display program runs from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm with separate admission. You can catch a Chinese Acrobat show in the Garden before the Lantern displays are lit shortly before sundown.
Get your tickets early and check their website at: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/things-to-do/events/special-exhibitions/lantern-festival.aspx
For my PHOTOG friends, the Botanical Garden doesn't allow tripods or monopods for this event, it is way too crowded. Tripods and monopods are otherwise allowed in the Garden during regular hours (but not in buildings or conservatories).