Lanterns: The Emperor’s Gifts is the first expansion to the critically-acclaimed tile game, Lanterns: The Harvest Festival.

The emperor has declared that pavilions shall be constructed among the lanterns. Place pavilions, earn gifts received powerful new actions to make this the best harvest festival yet!

EXPANSION – Base Game Required

Players: 2-4
Ages: 8+
Time: 35–45 Minutes


  • 11 Wooden Pavilions
  • 5 Emperor Cards
  • 18 Gift Tokens
  • 16 Dedication Tokens
  • 5 Wild Lantern Cards
  • Various Scoring Tokens
  • 1 Starting Lake Tile


In Lanterns: The Emperor’s Gifts, an expansion to Christopher Chung’s award-winning Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, players start with a small supply of pavilions. When you place a tile, you may choose to build a pavilion on that tile. When you make a color match on a pavilion, you earn a gift from the emperor, a new currency that can activate special actions, as defined by emperor cards.

Two emperor cards are revealed each game. On their turn, a player can redeem two gifts to activate one card and perform the special action associated with it — make an extra dedication at the end of your turn, convert favor tokens into victory points, and more! These new abilities add variety and enhance the experience of Lanterns: The Harvest Festival while honoring the simplicity of the original game.