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Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

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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.

Accessibility 
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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Members AnyDay Tickets - SOLD OUT (as of 11/13)
 

Plan your Illumination experience

Learn more helpful tips and review the frequently asked questions (FAQ) to plan your Illumination experience.
 

Host an event

Create memories for guests with a unique seasonal experience in the Arbor Court Pavilion.

 

Generously supported by
Invesco and ComEd

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)

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IllumiBrew Tickets
Standard Tickets
Peak Tickets
Wednesday, November 27
Standard
Member
Adult: $
13
Child: $
7
Nonmember
Adult: $
18
Child: $
12

Children under two are free. No ticket necessary.

Advanced purchase is recommended as many nights sell out.

See top, green, "BUY TICKETS NOW" button to select date.

NOVEMBER 27 IS SOLD OUT


Event Experience
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.

Special Programming
Sports gear 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.

Insider Tip
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.