Celebrate the holidays and marvel at how light transforms a magnificent landscape at the 11th annual edition of Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum, November 18, 2023 through January 6, 2024. Exciting new features and immersive installations in this festive experience will delight all ages along a new path that is fully ADA compliant for guests with limited mobility.
You’ll journey along a 1-mile paved walking path amid festive music and lighting effects that highlight the beauty of trees in winter. You will pass through a woodland that comes alive with sparkling colored lights in the crisp outdoor air. A grove of trees will come alive with color and seem to grow and change before your eyes. Music will be everywhere, lights will make trees dance, and hugs will make a tree light up.
Gather family and friends to explore 50 acres of the Arboretum’s majestic trees and sweeping vistas and experience one of the nation’s most well-known light displays. Warm up by a crackling fire and roast marshmallows for s’mores, or stop in one of the concession tents for a snack and beverage. Enjoy a delicious meal at the Ginkgo Restaurant in the Visitor Center while you view the display’s finale on Meadow Lake. The Arboretum Store will also be open for holiday shopping and seasonal decorating. A special temperature-activated, color-changing ceramic mug will be available for purchase during all Illumination dates.
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Electric Illumination returns for the second year with more dates added for this late-night experience. Adults 18 and older will enjoy a curated mix of dynamic and dance-worthy music synchronized to the breathtaking light displays of Illumination. The fun begins at 9:30 p.m., Fridays, December 8, 15, 22, and 29.
Craft beer lovers won’t want to miss IllumiBrew on Thursday, November 16, and Friday, November 17. At this event for adults 21 and older, enjoy a first look at the newest version of Illumination while sampling local brews along the trail.