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A drive-through lights display is coming to Morton Arboretum this fall

"Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum" features new displays and a customized soundtrack.

Emma Krupp
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Emma Krupp

Are you counting down the days until we hit the holiday season? If so, here's something to look forward to: The Morton Arboretum's annual tree lights display—normally a mile-long walking path amid trees covered in festive lights—will get the drive-through treatment this year at Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum, with a longer route and new light designs to boot.

Starting November 20, guests can experience a nearly two-mile stretch of colorful lights from their cars, featuring an accompanying musical soundtrack that can be listened to via car radio. Riders will pass through a glittering tunnel of lights and other tree-focused spectacles, like Symphony Woods, Woodland Wonder and the Crystal Promenade, plus five new displays (all LED and eco-friendly). This year, you'll be able to see the show for longer and more days, as the exhibit will remain open until 10pm Sunday through Thursday and until 11pm on the weekends; it'll also stay open on holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

Tickets for Illumination, which go on sale October 8, will range from $29 to $49 per vehicle. Be sure to reserve a spot early, because tickets won't be available at the door. 

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