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Illumination Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

September 28, 2017, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Illumination, Treemagination. Colors splashed across the hemlock trees.

Friday, November 17, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018​.

NOTE:  Illumination will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas along with the following Mondays, November 20 & 27 and December 4, 11, & 18.

New this year: Tickets are for both a specific date and time, starting at 4:30 p.m. each evening. The time on your ticket is the start of your half-hour entry window. Last admission is at 8:30 p.m.  Once admitted, you can stay as long as you like until the exhibition closes at 9:30 p.m.

Allow 10 to 15 minutes prior to your ticket time to park your car and make your way to the Illumination entrance outside the Visitor Center.

See trees in a different light as we celebrate the power of coming together to lift our spirits during the crisp, long nights of winter! Illumination is a one-mile outdoor walking tour on a paved path winding through 50 acres of The Morton Arboretum’s celebrated tree collections. Seating, warming/concession tents, and fire pits are available along the route. So are countless photo opportunities. It’s an ideal way to experience the winter woods brought to life with innovative lights, projections, and music.

This year, we’re introducing the Illu-medallion. Groundbreaking technology lets you be part of the interactive light display when you purchase a glowing, wearable Illu-medallion that reacts to the spectacular sights and sounds along your journey.

Most of the Illumination path is accessible to people who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids; see the accessibility section for details. The exhibition is not accessible by car and cannot be experienced from the road.


Tickets on sale Monday, October, 2, 2017. Advance purchase recommended.

Choose your dates carefully, as all Illumination tickets are date and time-specific and cannot be refunded. However, you may be able to exchange your tickets in advance, depending upon event capacity and at the discretion of the Arboretum. Same-day exchanges cannot be accommodated.

There will be an exchange fee of $5 per ticket and, if necessary, an upgrade in ticket price to match the cost of a new ticket purchased for your new day and time.


New for 2017, be part of the interactive light display! Purchase a glowing Illu-medallion that reacts to the spectacular sights and sounds along your journey. learn more

Member: $9
Nonmember: $10


Anytime Tickets

Available in a limited quantity and exclusively to members of The Morton Arboretum. Anytime tickets can be used for entry whenever the ticket holder arrives during Illumination hours, no matter what day or time, even if the exhibition is sold out.  Members, don’t delay! Anytime tickets are available only through Friday, November 10, 2017. Learn more

Member $30 (adult & child)

Early-Bird Tickets 

Early-bird tickets are discounted exclusively for members who purchase from Monday, October 2, through Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Members save the most during this time.
Weekend (Friday/Saturday/Sunday)
Adult: $14
Child (2 to 17 years old): $7
Weekday (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday)
Adult: $12
Child (2 to 17 years old): $6

Member Tickets (Beginning November 1)

Discounted member tickets as one of the rewards of membership. Not a member? Join now!

Weekend (Friday/Saturday/Sunday)
Adult: $17
Child (2 to 17 years old): $9
Weekday (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday)
Adult: $13
Child (2 to 17 years old): $7


Weekend (Friday/Saturday/Sunday)
Adult: $22
Child (2 to 17 years old): $14

Weekday (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday)
Adult: $18
Child (2 to 17 years old): $12

Children under the age of two are admitted to Illumination for free. No ticket is necessary.


 Tickets go on sale Monday, October 2, 2017.


September 28, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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