El Dorado State Park is nestled in the scenic Flint Hills and sprawls across the shores of El Dorado Reservoir. Located 50 minutes from downtown Wichita.
Inspired by the traditional Thai Lantern Festival, Night Lights is an all-new and completely reimagined sky lantern experience.
Join thousands of your friends, family, and neighbors as we come together to make a truly once-in-a-lifetime memory launching our lanterns just after dusk.
You don't have to travel across the world to find yourself; magic can be found right in your backyard. We can't wait to light the night skies with you.
Each and every Night Lights experience evokes renewal and inspiration to celebrate life — a reminder of how precious special moments together really are. Sending a decorated lantern into the sky to join thousands of others adorned with hopes, dreams, and messages creates an undeniably profound and unforgettable experience.
You’ll see people cry, pose, pop the question, and celebrate under the lantern-lit skies. You’ll hear joyous laughter and squeals of glee as lanterns are carried together in epic waves of love and light.
Launch times are determined by sunset and weather conditions.
Shortly after dusk we begin our live community countdown for the breathtaking lantern launch.
This pass is valid for one adult (ages 12+) entry to the Night Lights Event. Includes entry wristband, event entry, sky lantern, butane lighter, and color markers.
Valid for one child (ages 4-11) entry to the Night Lights Event. Includes entry wristband, and access to the Kid Zone.
** Note: Children 3 and under do not require a ticket. **
The Night Lights Event aims to foster inclusivity, positivity, and renewal.
For us, these events are about more than just releasing a lantern into the sky, watching for a few minutes, and going home— it's an opportunity to connect with people we'd otherwise never meet, to establish intentions, let go of our worries, and interact with the traditions of cultures other than our own.
Charity. We give back to local nonprofits that partner with us and deploy volunteers to set up and break down the event.
Community. Night Lights brings thousands of people together to share a single life-changing experience. It’s an experience that touches people deeply. We even struggle to put into words. Night Lights also supports local businesses by hiring local food trucks and hosting activities for all participants, including musical and special performance talent.
Connection. Get closer and reconnect to the people you love in the outdoors. Enjoy campfire vibes, live music, picnic perfection, carnival activities, and a live launch countdown.
Celebration. Night Lights is a destination to celebrate and pay tribute to all kinds of milestones, life events, and memories. Turn to your right to see a marriage proposal, and to the left to a gaggle of friends and family roasting s’ mores. There is always a reason to celebrate life, to be reminded of your reasons here.
Everyone! Night Lights is an event for all ages.
We are THE destination for engagements, romantic first dates, and family gatherings. Whether you’re a company gifting your employees with the experience of a lifetime or……. Night Lights has a lantern for all. Bring your wanderlust.
If you have a large group of over 15 people, please contact us for a group rate.
Kids 11 and under are only $15!
Kids 3 and under are free!
Night Lights is largely weather-dependent as we are an outdoor event. There are 3 forces instrumental to putting on a magical sky lantern event.
Lanterns do not fly safely or correctly in high winds. If the wind projection is too high, we are unable to launch. Lanterns do not fly in rainy weather, either. This seems pretty explanatory but we want to make sure you understand that we are reliant upon favorable weather conditions to hold the launch.
We launch our sky lanterns shortly after dusk and proceed when we receive clearance from local fire authorities. This is a necessary safety precaution, and non-negotiable. We will never put participants or the environment at risk!
If we have to cancel an event for the weather, we will schedule a make-up date. If you can't attend the make-up date, we will transfer your tickets to another Night Lights event of your choice. You can also claim a refund if you purchase "Ticket Protection" at checkout for $5 per ticket.
Every event is equipped with a full cleaning crew and LANTERN CHASERS who literally chase lanterns from the moment they are lit, following their trajectory, for a quick pickup. This efficient crew continues a widespread search for lanterns before we leave our event location, sweeping the area during the lantern launch and directly after.
Not only do we pick up the lanterns, but we pick up all the trash we can find along the way. This meticulous process takes a full 48 hours and three separate trips, during which the area is surveyed with extensive care.
We pride ourselves on using ecologically harmless lanterns that are 100% biodegradable. Our lanterns are constructed from rice paper, bamboo, and natural fiber string. We are committed to leaving no footprint other than magic. We like to humblebrag about the fact that we leave the grounds cleaner than they were when we arrived!
In the rare occurrence of an accident or mishap at a Night Lights event we require participants to sign and read our safety disclaimer. This ensures the participant’s full awareness of potential risk.
Every event is equipped with a full cleaning crew and LANTERN CHASERS who literally chase lanterns from the moment they are lit, following their trajectory, for a quick pickup. This efficient crew continues a widespread search for lanterns before we leave our event location, sweeping the area during the lantern launch and directly after. ⭐🔦
This meticulous process takes a full 48 hours and three separate trips, during which the area is surveyed with extensive care. We pride ourselves on using ecologically harmless lanterns that are 100% biodegradable. Our lanterns simply contain rice paper, bamboo, and string— we are dedicated to leaving no footprint other than magic. We like to humblebrag that we leave grounds cleaner than they were when we arrived. ⭐🔦 Hope that answers your question!
There will be local food trucks, treats, live music, and games. Every ticket comes with a personal sky lantern and tools to decorate and craft your message to the skies. We offer communal fire-pits for cuddling ‘n lounging! You will also have the option to purchase your own personal fire pit for $30. People love to hang out around their campfire and count down to the sky lantern launch with loved ones, but we also offer activities for those who prefer to roam the Night Lights grounds.
You can purchase your tickets through our site, and can find your location here: Night Lights Event Schedule
We've worked closely with both state and local officials, as well as fire marshals, to ensure our event is executed safely and legally — especially with regard to the lighting and releasing of lanterns. Night Lights has received a permit for lighting and releasing lanterns (in most places, this practice is illegal unless you have a permit in place).
The lanterns that Night Lights uses are specially-designed. The lanterns are 100% biodegradable, flame retardant, and have a fuel cell that has a quicker burn time designed to fully burn out before returning to the earth's surface.
No. The lanterns that we use are above industry standards and have been scientifically created and tested to leave no footprint. The lanterns are 100% biodegradable, flame retardant, and contain a fuel cell that has a quicker burn time designed to fully burn out before returning to the earth's surface.
Tickets go fast and many of our events sell out.
You should lock in your tickets now so you don’t miss out!
This is a 2-DAY event. Saturday is selling out quick,
but we have some great deals for Sunday.
Purchasing tickets for a company or a group larger than 15?
Contact us for group rates.