Illumination: Tree Lights

Now extended through January 10, see trees in a different light at Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. A spectacle of color, sound and special effects not found anywhere else, Illumination has become a DuPage annual tradition. This is a must-experience holiday event for all ages. 

New this year: Illumination will be presented as a driving experience. 

Reimagined with safety in mind, your Illumination experience is entirely from the warmth of your car! For two miles along magnificent woodland, a captivating tunnel of lights brings new joy to the winter landscape, as thousands of lights dance to a musical soundtrack. Now in its eighth season, five newly designed sites join returning favorites such as Symphony Woods, Woodland Wonder, and Crystal Promenade which have been reenvisioned for continued delight.    

New this year, event 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.

Plan about 30-40 minutes to drive through the event.

Tickets to Illumination
On sale now! Date-specific tickets must be purchased online in advance. 
Prices range from $29 to $49 per car. 
(AnyDay tickets for members will not be available for purchase this year.) 
We encourage people to buy tickets well in advance as dates and times will sell out quickly.

Event Hours
Sunday through Thursday - First Entry: 5:00 p.m. Last Entry: 9:15 p.m. Exhibition Closes: 10:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday - First Entry: 5:00 p.m. Last Entry: 10:15 p.m. Exhibition Closes: 11:00 p.m.

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

The ever-changing beauty of the seasons, ready for exploration 365 days a year! For more information, visit