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 iTunes.com.
IF YOU GO
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 www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin.