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Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum


  • The woodland comes to life as a thousand points of light race across the canopy. A festive flurry of activity welcomes you to Illumination
  • Tall tree-like structures spreads intricate designs of light across the landscape
  • Red and blue lights shine in trees and across the surface of a lake

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum 
November 20, 2020–January 3, 2021

Members-only presale October 1–7
Tickets go on sale for all guests starting October 8

See trees in a different light at a reimagined Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. Designed with your safety in mind, this year’s new driving experience (30–40 minutes long) features an unparalleled spectacle of color, light, and music you won’t experience anywhere else. 

You will be delighted to see returning favorites reenvisioned, including Symphony Woods, Woodland Wonder, and Crystal Promenade, and five newly designed sights displayed along a two-mile road among the Arboretum's magnificent trees. Immerse yourself in a captivating tunnel of lights, an awe-inspiring magical woodland filled with dazzling color and starlike light, and a landscape filled with thousands of lights dancing to a musical soundtrack, all from the warmth of your car. 

Also new this year, the exhibition will stay open later, until 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and it will be open on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas, in addition to New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, as in previous years.

Expressing the Arboretum’s mission and identity as The Champion of Trees, Illumination is a must-see exhibition and holiday tradition enjoyed by all. 

Members-only Presale Begins October 1
Members save the most when they purchase tickets during the members-only presale October 1–7. Popular dates will sell out fast. Not a member?  Join today

Ticket sales for all guests begin October 8. 

Ticket Prices 

Ticket prices are per car. 

Members-only Presale - October 17:
$37 peak night, $27 standard night 

Starting October 8:
Members: $39 peak night, $29 standard night 
Guests: $49 peak night, $39 standard night 

Please note: Date-specific tickets must be purchased online in advance. (AnyDay tickets for members will not be available for purchase this year.) 

Timed Tickets 
To ensure a contactless entry process, tickets must be purchased in advance of arrival at the Arboretum. Tickets will not be available for purchase on-site during the exhibition.


Illumination is generously supported by

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