Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum


  • Hemlocks are transformed into a screen of surreal and abstract shapes
  • Meadow Lake Trail. Larch trees are lit with blue, red, and green lights
  • Lighted orbs adorn the hillside
  • Ropes of light traversing across Meadow Lake - Meadow Lake Magic
  • Chandeliers sparkle and shine amid the branches of Douglas fir trees.

Schedule and Location

Friday, November 16, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019*​. 

*Illumination is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Mondays: November 19, November 26, December 3, December 10, and December 17

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 an award-winning, 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.

Registration Information

Tickets on sale October 1, 2018


Generously Supported By

Illumination 2018 Sponsors, Invesco QQQ and ComEd

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