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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
Invesco, ComEd, Dupage Medical Group

November 20, 2020–January 3, 2021

Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; last entry at 9:15 p.m.; lights out at 10:00 p.m.

Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday; last entry at 10:15 p.m.; lights out at 11:00 p.m.

Event is closed on the following Mondays - November 23, November 30, December 7, and December 14

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Standard Tickets
Peak Tickets
Friday, December 20
Peak
Member Presale Rate (available October 1-7)
Member Presale Peak: $

Early Peak Price

15
Member Presale Standard: $

Early Standard Price

8
Member
Member Peak: $
18
Member Standard: $
10
Guest
Guest Peak: $
15
Guest Standard: $
23
15 Person Passenger Van Peak : $64
15 Person Passenger Van Standard: $54

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.

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.