Come to The Morton Arboretum this holiday season to see trees in a different light! Tickets on sale NOW! Dates vary, November 22 - January 4, 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
"In its first stab at a holiday lights display, The Morton Arboretum knocks it out of the park."
Avoid long lines and crowds! Buy your tickets in advance and plan to arrive after 7:00 p.m.
Illumination is an outdoor event on a one-mile, gently rolling, paved path. Please dress for the weather. Walking along the paved trail you can:
- Hug a tree to make it grow brighter
- Sing to a tree and watch it change color
- Interact with light and color with a swipe of your hand
- And many more surprising experiences around every turn!
- Learn more about the Illumination experience
- Enjoy a cozy fire and rest at one of three warming areas
- Visit the Enchanted Railroad and stop in to browse the holiday wares at The Arboretum Store
- Hot cocoa, s'more kits, and more are available for purchase at concessions Illumination food and beverage menu
Energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly LED lighting provides beautiful, powerful color while consuming only half the power of traditional incandescent lights
November 22 to January 4, 2014*
4:30 with last entry at 8:30 p.m.
*Event closed November 28, December 2, 9, 16, 24, 25.
Illumination will be open in all weather including cold, rain, or snow so we encourage you to dress for the weather. Tickets will not be refunded in case of inclement weather.
Building and grounds hours vary during Illumination. Please see admission & hours page for more information.
Member: $10 Adult / $5 Child (2-17)
General Admission: $15 Adult / $10 Child (2-17)
A $5 transaction fee will apply to all phone orders.
General Admission: Daytime Arboretum admission for the same day as your Illumination ticket is included with your ticket price.
BY PHONE: Call 630-725-2066, Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
IN PERSON: Stop by the Arboretum Visitor Center during open hours.
ONLINE: Buy Tickets now
Tickets for Illumination are limited and advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Same-day tickets are not available online or by phone and must be purchased at the Arboretum.
Thank you to our Illumination Presenting Sponsors: