Illumination: Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum

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Photograph: Courtesy Morton Arboretum

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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, with a longer route and new light designs to boot. 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. Tip—even though the popular display is sold out, the Arboretum adds new tickets every Monday when space is available. Be on the lookout! 


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