**Disclosure: Thank you to Morton Arboretum for providing tickets so I could bring you this review. No compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.
Morton Arboretum's Illumination continues to dazzle during its third year. I remember the first time I learned about Illumination a few years back and I couldn't quite wrap my head around how the Arboretum would be able to light up the trees in an engaging and innovative manner. Each year, however, the Morton Arboretum creates a magical winter wonderland using lights, motion and sound to ignite an appreciation for nature even in the seemingly desolate winter.
|The lake is lit up with changing lights.|
|The glory of nature is highlighted!|
|Decorating the trees with ornaments.|
|Plenty of opportunities for exploration!|
- There are several warming stations. Some consist of campfires and some have concessions where you can buy light treats, hot cocoa, etc.
- I do recommend bringing in some hot cocoa in a mug with you if you can. The hot cocoa served can be pretty hot so this will ensure you have some at the right temp for the kids.
- Dress for the weather and wear appropriate shoes for walking.
- Bring some extra gloves, scarves etc depending on weather.
- Definitely purchase tickets in advance as the event tends to sell out.
- Some nights feature musical entertainment. Check website for schedule.
- Check out the gift shop not only for light up novelties but also a range of giftables including many made in America. Great for holiday shopping!
- Have a snack at the Gingko Restaurant and enjoy a breathtaking view of the lake lights!
- Arriving closer to 7PM as opposed to when the exhibit opens may make parking easier.
- Check the map for ways to engage using social media.
- You can recycle your own holiday lights by bringing them to the Visitor's Center!
|Trees respond to singing!|