Illumination: Tree Lights

See trees in a different light at Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. A treat for your senses, with the transformation into a winter wonderland complete with music, a symphony of lights and special effects. Experience this DuPage tradition, truly a holiday event for all ages! 

Event runs November 20, 2021 - January 2, 2022. 

We encourage people to buy tickets well in advance as dates and times will sell out quickly.


Experience a one-mile walk unlike any other as the peaceful surroundings of nature and the magic of the season come together for an enchanting evening.

Your walk begins and ends on a paved path, winding through trees that come to life with interactive special effects and ever-changing lighting designs. Timed to seasonal music, choose a slow stroll or stop to marvel, as this experience is meant to not only offer the season’s best, but also highlight the gift of trees. Along the route, warm up by a crackling fire and roast marshmallows for s’mores. 

Now in its ninth year, there are returning favorites and some surprising new sights including a lighting display of Hallow, one of the iconic sculptures by artist Daniel Popper in the Arboretum’s Human+Nature exhibition. 


Tickets On Sale Now
Tickets must be purchased online in advance.
Standard Guest Tickets range from $13 to $24.
Illumination ticket purchases are non-refundable. However, guests may be able to exchange tickets in advance for a fee of $5 per transaction, depending upon event capacity and at the discretion of the Arboretum. Same-day exchanges cannot be accommodated.

Planning Your Trip
Illumination ticket holders may enter the Arboretum after 4:30 p.m., but will not be able to access the Illumination trail or Visitor Center until the time listed on their tickets. Due to often cold weather conditions, we encourage ticket holders to arrive as close as possible to the time on their tickets for the best experience.

Snacks and beverages will be available at concession tents.

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