The Morton Arboretum’s Illumination Lights Show Will Be a Drive-Through Show in 2020

When the trees light up for Morton Arboretum’s Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum exhibit in November, visitors don’t have to worry about bundling up for the cold. 

To help families maintain social distancing this holiday season, the arboretum’s holiday lights show will transform into a driving experience with a synched musical soundtrack that can be played through a car’s radio as the background music. 

“The safety of Illumination guests during this pandemic was the top priority in our decision to transform it into a driving experience this year,” says Alicia LaVire, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, in a release. “It also gave us an opportunity to create an innovative new twist on this tree-focused exhibition that can’t be seen anywhere else.” 

Fans of favorite light spectacles like Symphony Woods, Woodland Wonder and Crystal Promenade will still be able to see those displays as five new exhibits will be added. The exhibition, created by experiential lighting designers Lightswitch and production company Intelligent Lighting Creations, is in its eighth year. 

The lights turn on Nov. 20 and run through Jan. 3 from 5-10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Timed tickets are sold in 15-minute increments, and advanced tickets are required (tickets will not be sold on-site).

Tickets for Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum go on sale Oct. 1 for members and Oct. 8 to the general public. During the members-only pre sale, tickets will be $27 on a standard night and $37 on a peak night. Once tickets are released to the public on Oct. 8, tickets are $39 on a standard night ($29 for members) or $49 on a peak night ($39 for members). 

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