Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum
About the exhibition
See trees in a different light at Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. 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, captivating lighting designs, and warm up by a crackling fire with a cozy drink or roast marshmallows for s’mores.
In this unparalleled spectacle of color, light, and sound, you will be awed and delighted to see returning favorites and surprising new sights, including Tree Fascination–a brilliant digital projection of immersive color and pattern on a grove of Eastern white and Scots pine trees. Illumination will highlight the many gifts of trees: natural beauty, increased feelings of peace and calm, homes for wildlife, and the air we breathe. This year’s event will debut a new route with a more spacious pathway.
The Illumination trail is a one-mile paved walking path that includes a large incline (Frost Hill), approximately halfway through the exhibition, and several smaller inclines and declines. The exhibition is not fully accessible to visitors with limited mobility. Full accessibility details >
Friday, November 22, 2019
Be among the first to see Illumination’s newest features while you sample seasonal beers, ciders, and meads from popular Chicagoland breweries stationed along the path. Warm up by a crackling fire with a cozy drink or roast marshmallows for s’mores. Then venture indoors to enjoy music and a full-dinner menu in the Ginkgo Restaurant. Tickets include 12 3-oz. tastings and entry to Illumination. Designated driver tickets are also available. Ages 21+ only.
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Members AnyDay Tickets
Available in a limited quantity and exclusively to members. These premium-priced tickets can be used for a one-time entry whenever the ticket holder arrives during Illumination hours, no matter what day or time, even if the exhibition is sold out. They’re perfect for people who want flexibility during the busy holiday season or as a gift. Limit 10 AnyDay tickets per member.
Member $30 (adult & child) Buy now.
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Create memories for guests with a unique seasonal experience in the Arbor Court Pavilion.
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November 23, 2019–January 5, 2020
First Entry: 4:30 p.m. Last Entry: 8:30 p.m. Exhibition Closes: 9:30 p.m.
Closed: November 25, 28 (Thanksgiving Day); December 2, 9, 16, 24 (Christmas Eve), and 25 (Christmas Day)
Children under two are free. No ticket necessary.
Advanced purchase is recommended as many nights sell out. Click below to see ticket availability.
Be surrounded by color as you walk a one-mile paved path amid immersive and interactive lighting effects that highlight the beauty of trees in winter.
If you are interested in a less crowded experience, consider purchasing tickets the 8:00 p.m. time slot. Learn more helpful tips for planning your Illumination experience.