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Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

 

Illumination is Currently SOLD OUT

The Morton Arboretum continues to evaluate its capacity for Illumination, with safety in mind. If space is available, any additional tickets will be released around noon on Mondays for the week ahead. Each week for the remainder of the exhibition, availability will be evaluated and tickets released if available. These tickets are released online on a first-come, first-serve basis and waitlists are not available. 

Tickets must be purchased in advance of arrival at the Arboretum, and will not be available for purchase at the gatehouse during Illumination hours.

 

About the Exhibition - November 20, 2020–January 3, 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 
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.) 

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

Illumination Ticketing Update

Illumination is currently SOLD OUT.

The Morton Arboretum continues to evaluate its capacity for Illumination, with safety in mind. If space is available, any additional tickets will be released around noon on Mondays for the week ahead. Each week for the remainder of the exhibition, availability will be evaluated and tickets released if available. These tickets are released online on a first-come, first-serve basis and waitlists are not available. 

If you have not had an opportunity to purchase tickets, we encourage you to check the Illumination ticketing page on Monday around noon of the week that you wish to visit for additional tickets.

        Members: Click here to visit the Illumination ticketing page to see available dates. You will be prompted to verify your membership.
        Guests: Click here to visit the Illumination ticketing page to see available dates.

Tickets must be reserved in advance, and will not be sold at the gatehouse during Illumination hours.

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Standard Tickets
Peak Tickets
Thursday, November 26
Peak
Member
Member Peak: $
39
Member Standard: $
29
Guest
Guest Peak: $
49
Guest Standard: $
39
15 Person Passenger Van Peak : $64
15 Person Passenger Van Standard: $54
Member discounts are not available on 15 person passenger van tickets.

Event Experience

This year’s driving experience (20–30 minutes long) features an unparalleled spectacle of color, light, and music you won’t experience anywhere else.

Insider Tips

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.