Travels to Charleston from November 2019 to March 2020 must include a visit to www.MagnoliaPlantation.com and the International Lantern Festival. Displayed over nine acres, the exhibit is the culmination of more than a year of planning and thousands of hours of intensive effort. ‘Lights of Magnolia’ is a partnership between Magnolia Plantation and Zigong Lantern Culture Industry Group Co., Ltd.
Walking a ¾ mile track of graveled garden paths and macadam roadways, visitors will be delighted by the colorful, larger-than-life illuminations of Chinese Culture, Children’s Fantasies and Lowcountry nature and wildlife.
The lion exhibit has the great Lion King stepping out on his rocky throne. Pandas frolic in our bamboo forest. The zebras and tigers graze and hunt on our Lowcountry savannah. An ostentation of Peacocks strolls the grand lawn while a float of Alligators stretches across the forested floor on its way to the black Cypress pools.
Additionally, the floral lighted lanterns include all the plant and animal species for which Magnolia is noted. Tall stands of Camellia japonica and Azalea line the paths. Butterflies and Lady Bugs flit in and out of the taller stands of natural evergreen shrubs and Live Oak Trees. Spanish moss competes with all the hanging strands of miniature lights and traditional Chinese Lanterns.
In the process of production, a vast array of materials and manufacturing specialties have been brought together. More than 35 tons of steel is welded into the fantastical forms. Rainbow-colors of 20,000 feet of lantern silk is attached to the welded shapes after they are internally lighted with 33,000 feet of LED ‘neon’ light belts. Additionally 2600 strings of LED fairy lights will spangle the night sky and reflect off the black mirrored pools. Finally 18,000 LED bulbs will be tied together with 43,000 feet of cable and wire.
Visiting Magnolia Plantation and Gardens on the Ashley River is a short trip from the center of Charleston SC and closely linked to other cities such as Myrtle Beach and Columbia SC; Wilmington and Charlotte NC, as well as Savannah and Atlanta GA. Make plans to spend a day or a long weekend with the pleasant temperatures, elegant accommodations and incredible cuisine of its Lowcountry life.