Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum
Illumination is SOLD OUT
Illumination is now sold out for the season, and tickets will not be available to purchase on-site at the Arboretum.
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About the Exhibition - November 20, 2020–January 10, 2021
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 (20–30 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.
Coronavirus Mitigation Efforts
In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the Arboretum will further adjust its operations for Illumination to provide heightened safety precautions. Outdoor concessions that were previously planned for Illumination have been canceled to maximize safety efforts. All Arboretum buildings will be closed during Illumination hours, including the Visitor Center and the services of The Arboretum Store and The Ginkgo Café and Restaurant. Limited portable restroom facilities will be available outdoors only in Parking Lot 1 (P1) prior to entering the exhibition route, and are sanitized frequently.
Plan Your Experience
To help prepare for your Illumination experience, review these helpful visiting tips and frequently asked questions prior to for your visit.
Ticket prices are per car.
Members: $39 peak night, $29 standard night
Guests: $49 peak night, $39 standard night
15 Person Passenger Van: $64 peak night, $54 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.)
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.
This year’s driving experience (20–30 minutes long) features an unparalleled spectacle of color, light, and music you won’t experience anywhere else.
Tickets are time and date-specific and must be reserved in advance. Please read our FAQ sheet and find answers to common questions about the reimagined Illumination experience.