While on our GX Winter Road Trip: 2018 we visited The Morton Arboretum which is located off of Route 53 in Lisle, IL. Their property sits on a sprawling 1,700-acre plot of land and is home to more than 222,000 plants.
They stay busy hosting events and their doors are open 365 days out of the year, which means there is always an adventure to be had and something to explore. One of the events The Morton Arboretum is most known for is the Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum. Although they are open year round, this Illumination event typically begins mid-November and run until the first few days of January. This is an entrance time controlled and ticketed event. They recommend purchasing tickets online and doing it in advance due to them selling out frequently.
This was the first time experiencing a show like this and to be honest, I figured it was just trees with lights on them. Well, it was much more than that. Not only is it trees with lights, but it is a full-on production with several different themed sections. Throughout the mile-long walking path, you are greeted by dazzling light displays which use trees, bushes, and grass as the canvas to paint beautiful scenes. One such display takes a life of its own due to the use of tall trees, lights, shadows, and audio.
We did the 6:30 pm show in mid-December. It was dark, cold, and misty that night, which in my opinion made for a much better display as the lighting bounced off the misty air. It was without a doubt an adventure and one we would gladly do again if we are there that time of year.
To learn more about The Morton Arboretum, visit their website by clicking here.
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