Why You Should Visit the Annual Morton Arboretum Lights Exhibit

Come November 23, Illumination: Tree Lights will radiate through the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL, for their annual holiday extravaganza. Through January 5, you can walk the mile-long magical, ever-changing exhibit of lights, chandeliers, and more innovative illumination strung up between the trees.

Every year offers something more unique than the last. The Morton Arboretum lights show will feature illuminated trees that will dazzle you with intricate designs cast by light onto the ground. Illumination, of course, supports the preservation of trees everywhere, so it even offers touch-responsive illuminated trees that you can hug to see how they react. Accompanying holiday music and high-quality lighting effects make this family-friendly experience one for the books.

Morton Arboretum
Photo Credit: Morton Arboretum Facebook

Morton Arboretum Illumination Features

Food and Beverage – The Morton Arboretum Lights exhibit will include hot chocolate, coffee, beer, or a glass of wine at one of the brewery tents. Snacks will also be available for purchase.

Warming Stations – Cozy up next to an open campfire at the intermittent warming stations and roast s’mores in the firelight.


Entertainment – Enjoy live music by AD3 Acoustic Trio at the Morton Arboretum’s Ginkgo Restaurant after the walk!


If you want a special sneak-preview of the Morton Arboretum Lights show, you can always hit up IllumiBrew on November 22 for an adults-only, beer-friendly walk-through of the Arboretum. Sample seasonal beers by 20 local breweries and enjoy live music at the Arboretum’s Ginkgo Restaurant.


Admission is just $55 for members and $60 for nonmembers with up to 12 3-ounce tastings included. If you feel like you’ll need a ride home from the Morton Arboretum Illumination event, the designated driver rate for this event is just $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers and includes a cider or cocoa with the price of admission.

PRO TIP: Buy your tickets for this event ahead of time online!

Morton Arboretum
Photo Credit: Morton Arboretum Facebook

Illumination Arboretum Tickets

Member Prices

Weekend (Friday/Saturday/Sunday)
Adult Members: $18.00
Child Members (2 to 17 years old): $10.00


Weekday (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/December 31)
Adult Members: $13.00
Child Members (2 to 17 years old): $7.00

All children that are under the age of 2 will receive free entry to the Morton Arboretum Lights exhibit in Lisle, Illinois. Purchase a membership to take advantage of these awesome discounted admission prices!


Non-Member Prices

Weekend (Friday/Saturday/Sunday)
Adult: $23.00
Child (2 to 17 years old): $15.00


Weekday (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/December 31)
Adult: $18.00
Child (2 to 17 years old): $12.00

Children under 2 are admitted for free. No ticket necessary. Ticket sales are available until 8:30 pm every night. Get your tickets ahead of time by purchasing them online!

Morton Arboretum Illumination Hours

The Morton Arboretum Illumination exhibit begins whenever the sun sets, approximately 4:30 pm each day, and lasts until 9:30 pm. Illumination is closed on Mondays, except for December 31. It is also closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. The Morton Arboretum is located at 4100 IL-53 in Lisle, IL.


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