Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum
- November 23, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Illumination is now closed for the season. Check back for 2020 dates.
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 approximately halfway through the exhibition (Ornament Hill), and several smaller inclines and declines. We advise guests to keep the length and hilly nature of the trail in mind. The exhibition is not fully accessible to visitors with limited mobility. Full accessibility details >
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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.
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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.
Festive holiday sweater night! Show your themed apparel at the Member Services Desk to receive a coupon for one free general daytime admission to the Arboretum (excludes special events). Share your apparel selfie on our Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram with #IlluminationTMA.
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.