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 from November 19, 2022 - January 7, 2023.

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

Join in the celebration of the tenth anniversary of Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum during the Arboretum’s 100th anniversary year. Experience a one-mile walk on a paved path unlike any other as the peaceful surroundings of nature and the magic of the season come together for an enchanting evening. Along the route, warm up by a crackling fire and roast marshmallows for s’mores.

As you explore 50 acres of the Arboretum’s majestic trees with six dazzling new displays and returning favorites, you will also be awed and delighted by the first-ever Illumination display in the Arboretum’s new Grand Garden, leading to a spectacular laser-light finale.

Something new to enjoy this year is Electric Illumination, a late-night experience for adults 18 and older with a mix of music, synchronized to the mystical and lively light displays. Be the first to be part of this exciting, limited run.

Tickets On Sale Now
Tickets must be purchased online in advance.
Standard Guest Tickets range from $16 to $27.
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. 

Snacks and beverages will be available at concession tents.