One of the best things about the New Orleans Central Business District (CBD) is its close proximity to some of the city’s destinations you’re sure to love.  One that’s just a short drive away from the CBD is New Orleans City Park. The park includes activities for all ages, like a golf course, rides for the kids and lush greenery in all directions. Whether you’re looking for a jam packed day of attractions or a long, relaxing day, the park is the perfect spot.

If you like culture, stunning visuals and quality craftsmanship, you’ll have to see the Park’s latest display, China Lights. Now through May 1st, you can see over 30 captivating lantern light structures and lanterns. Created by over 100 artists from Sichuan Tianyu in Zigong, China. Boasting an array of designs, including larger than life designs and moving lanterns, City Lights is sure to catch the attention of all ages. New Orleans is City Light’s third destination after stops in Spokane, Washington and the Netherlands.

Live entertainment each night and Chinese food with a NOLA twist accompany the display each night for a perfect day in the park. Tickets are $18 for ages 13 and over, $12 for children (3-12).

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February 23- May 1, 2016

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Bring the whole family out to New Orleans City Park as the Botanical Gardens will be transformed into a display of over 30 extraordinary light structures.

The Displays

Created by a team of over 100 artisans and technical staff at Sichuan Tianyu, these incredible displays were crafted in Zigong, China and prepared to travel the world to be seen by hundreds of thousands of people. These larger-than-life light structures include a giant glowing dragon, the Lotus Pagoda, Panda Land, China Dolls, a Sea World display and much more!

Live Entertainment

In addition to the incredible light displays, you’ll find live entertainment each night at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the large tent, as well as an Education Exhibit located in the Garden Study Center. Performances include the thrilling traditional Dragon Dance that you can typically only find in China during certain celebrations and festivals.


With inspiration from this cultural display, the chefs at City Park have prepared a special menu, combining traditional Chinese cuisine with a Nola Twist, available every night at the park.

Try the Muffaletta Egg Rolls, Spiracha Popcorn or any of these deliciously creative menu items while you stroll the exhibit.

Opening Hours

Hours for the China Lights exhibit will be from Sunday-Thursday:

  • Daytime Hours- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Last ticket sold at 4 p.m.)
  • Nighttime Hours- 6 p.m.-10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 6 p.m.-11 p.m.


Admission is $18 for adults (13+) and $12 for children (3-12). Free for children 3 and under and $15 per person for groups of 25 or more.

Tickets may be purchased online and at The Tolmas Center (5 Victory

Avenue). No Friends of City Park discount. Bring your printed ticket to the event for entry.

Group and children tickets may not be purchased online.

For more information on China Lights at City Park call (504) 482-4888 or click here.