Illumination Entertainment

Visitors walking on a paved trail while trees with incredible visual effects light the way

Schedule and Location

Select nights during Illumination

During the week, enjoy various live entertainment in the Ginkgo Room and around the trail during Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum.


Tuesday: Visit with Santa in the Ginkgo Room from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On November 27 and December 4, 11, and 18 visit with Santa and his elves. Bring your own camera to capture the memories. 

Wednesday: Listen to live music in the Ginkgo Room from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

November 21: Breezeway Chicago
November 28: R-Gang
December 5: Guitarra Azul
December 12: Semple Unplugged
December 19: The StingRays


Thursday: Enjoy beer, wine, and spirits tastings and live music in the Ginkgo Room from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

November 29: Jim Perona and Alter Brewing Company
December 6: AD3 Trio and Lake Effect Brewing
December 13: Gingko room closed for a private event
December 20: The Jason Thompson Trio and Whiskey Acres Distillery
December 27: Tank & The Beez and 2 Fools Cider


New Year's Eve and New Year's Day: Listen to live music in the Ginkgo Room from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

December 31 and January 1: Frank & Dave


Along the trail: On select dates listen to Carolers or watch Pyrotechniq LED Glow Dancers as you walk the trail

Pyrotechniq - LED Glow Dancers - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

November 18, 25, and 30
December 2, 7, 9, 30, and 31


Frozen Robbins - Carolers - 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

December 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23

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