Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum


  • Hemlocks are transformed into a screen of surreal and abstract shapes
  • Meadow Lake Trail. Larch trees are lit with blue, red, and green lights
  • Lighted orbs adorn the hillside
  • Ropes of light traversing across Meadow Lake - Meadow Lake Magic
  • Chandeliers sparkle and shine amid the branches of Douglas fir trees.

Schedule and Location

Friday, November 16, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019*​. 

*Illumination is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Mondays: November 19, November 26, December 3, December 10, and December 17

See trees in a different light at Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. You'll be surrounded by color as you walk a one-mile paved path amid interactive lighting effects that highlight the beauty of trees in winter. Enjoy seasonal music, marvel at ever-changing, interactive lighting designs, and warm up by a crackling fire with a cozy drink or roast marshmallows for s’mores.

This year offers new twists on favorite experiences and surprising new sights, including art from HYBYCOZO–amazing new treelike sculptures that spread intricate designs of light. Hug a tree to see how it responds, let starlike lights wash over you in a grove of trees, and watch multicolored lights dance to symphonic music. Enjoy the main path full of hands-on, everchanging fun for all, or stroll a more tranquil trail for another view. On select nights, end your
journey with live entertainment inside our Ginkgo Restaurant. Illumination will show you the many gifts of trees including their natural beauty, shelter from the cold, homes for wildlife, and the very air we breathe. 

Registration Information

Tickets on sale October 1, 2018


Illumination is generously supported by Invesco QQQ and ComEd.

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