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Illumination: Tree Lights At The Morton Arboretum
November 17, 2017
Illumination: Tree Lights At The Morton Arboretum bring light and nature together for a wintertime walk in the woods like no other. Fifty acres of the Arboretum’s majestic trees glow in hues of blue, green, purple, and magenta. Visitors can see a grove of hemlock trees’ color transform from green to technicolor hues. Catch a glimpse of trees that appear to be gently breathing. In addition, visitors can hug a tree and watch it respond. Enjoy a dazzling show of lights that appear to dance in the trees in time to music.
New features for 2017 to wow event-goers, include a new way to experience Illumination. Wear programmed interactive pendants that light up in sync with the event and become part of the illumination experience. Also, new this year will be timed admission tickets, allowing visitors to enter every half hour throughout the event.
Furthermore, many returning fan favorites, include:
Treemagination – Guests marvel at projections on trees.
Fantasy Forest – experience sweeping beams of light that extend across the landscape and skyward in time with spirited music.
Ornament Hill – breathtaking and glittering vista of hundreds of giant glowing orbs nestled in the landscape and surrounded by thousands of points of LED light.
Symphony Woods – lights dance in the trees to classical music.
Crystal Promenade – chandeliers adorn a forest of Douglas fir and spruce trees.
Three concession tents scattered throughout the trail feature snacks and hot beverages, including gourmet hot chocolate. Stop in The Morton Arboretum’s Ginkgo Restaurant, offering a full dinner menu every night of Illumination. Additionally, visitors can enjoy a cozy fire and a break at one of the warming areas along the Illumination path.
Tickets range from $18 to $22 for adults and $12 to $14 for children. Members of The Morton Arboretum receive discounted tickets.
The Arboretum sits on 1,700 acres filled with 222,000 plant specimens representing 4,650 different kinds of plants. Also, specialty gardens and educational exhibits. Finally, award-winning Children’s Garden, 16 miles of hiking trails and the Visitor Center, featuring The Arboretum Store.