Out & About

October 4, 2012

Botanical Garden presents annual festival of lights


In all, almost 1,000 large and small silk lanterns are on display. In addition, the neighboring Japanese Garden stays open at night with a new illuminated space dubbed “Gardens of Light.” The main greenhouses and the Insectarium remain open during the evening hours as well.

A number of special events are held throughout the month. Guided tours of the lanterns are available at 6:30 p.m. daily. Music performed on the erhu, the Chinese two-stringed violin, is played from 6 to 9 p.m. weekends in October. And Chinese percussion demonstrations are held in the evenings on Tuesdays, Oct. 23 and 30.

A word of note: This is the garden’s most popular event, so expect a crowd, particularly Friday and Saturday evenings.

Steven Howell is the author of Montreal Essential Guide, a Sutro Media iPhone travel app available at



WHAT: The Magic of Lanterns.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Sunday, Nov. 4.

WHERE: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101 Sherbrooke St. E., Montreal.

ADMISSION: $17.75 for adults, $16.75 for seniors, $13.50 for students, $9 for youths 5 to 17 and $50 for a family of four. CONTACT: Call (514) 872-1400 or visit


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