Thursday, November 2, 2017

Illumination Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum GIVEAWAY - 2 Tickets {sponsored}

*the opinions are mine alone.  I received 1 pass to attend Illumination in exchange for this giveaway and any posts I do regarding Illumination* 

It's that time of the year, again.  I love this time of year - ILLUMINATION TIME!!  

Illumination opens on Friday, November 17, 2017, at the Morton Arboretum and I have two passes to give away so that you can experience this amazing event. 

Details -

  • Illumination runs November 17, 2017 - January 1, 2018, *your tickets will be good to use on any day during that time-frame*
  • Doors open at 4:30pm with the last entry at 8:30pm.  Lights are turned off at 9:30pm. 
  • For a full list of events being held during Illumination, click here.

How to enter -

  • This is a GIVEAWAY - you have until THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9th AT 11:59PM to enter.
  • You can enter one time per day, for up to 8 chances to win.
  • To enter please tell me why you would like to experience Illumination in your comment below (you're going to have to do this via a computer, mobile devices will not comment).
  • Winner will be announced and contacted on Friday, November 10th.  Once you respond with your mailing address I will pop your tickets in the mail.  
  • Please, also, consider showing me some love and liking the Educational Anarchy Facebook page here. 

Good Luck!

{From The Morton Arboretum Website}
Tickets are now on sale for Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum, a “can’t-miss” event returning this November with new interactive features that let visitors become part of the Illumination experience. Celebrating its fifth year, Illumination welcomes guests through a magical wintertime walk in the woods as 50 acres of the Arboretum’s majestic trees glow in mesmerizing hues of blue, green, purple, and magenta.
From November 17, 2017 to January 1, 2018, visitors will discover a series of experiences that encourage them to see trees in a different light as they travel a one-mile wooded path. Visitors can discover a grove of hemlock trees upon which deeply saturated colors and geometric patterns are projected and catch a glimpse of trees that appear to be gently breathing. Additionally, visitors can hug a tree and watch it respond or enjoy a dazzling show of lights that seem to dance in the trees in time to music.
“We are looking forward to our fifth season of encouraging our visitors to see trees in a different light, with new and returning elements and new ticket options to enhance the Illumination experience for our guests,” said Sue Wagner, vice president of education and information at The Morton Arboretum. “Illumination will again surprise and delight visitors with luminous color, light, and sound that will transform 50 acres of trees into something truly magical.” 
New for 2017: The Illu-medallion
This year’s event includes new features to wow event-goers, including a new way to experience Illumination! Become part of the Illumination experience by wearing an Illu-medallion, a programmed interactive pendant that lights up in sync with the event. Also new this year will be timed admission tickets, allowing visitors to enter every half hour throughout the event.
Returning Favorites
Many of our fans’ favorite experiences are back for the upcoming season, including:
  • Treemagination – Guests will marvel at projections on the trees that make it seem as though the trees are "breathing" one moment, drenched with saturated and surreal fields of color the next, only to be transformed again with amazing geometric patterns.
  • Fantasy Forest – Redesigned for 2017, this experience showcases grouped white columns rising up between manicured hedges. Representing groves of trees, these structures provide the setting for sweeping beams of light that extend across the landscape and skyward in time with spirited music.  
  • Ornament Hill – Visitors will encounter a breathtaking and glittering vista of hundreds of giant glowing orbs nestled in the landscape and surrounded by thousands of points of LED light.
  • Symphony Woods – Updated for 2017, lights dance in the trees to classical music during this popular experience.
Illumination will feature live music on weekend evenings, as well as special theme nights. 
Event Dates and Ticket Prices
Illumination tickets range from $18 to $22 for adults and $12 to $14 for children. Discounts apply for Arboretum members.
Taking place through January 1, 2018, Illumination opens each night at 4:30 p.m. and runs until 9:30 p.m., with the last entry at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available online, at the Arboretum’s Information Desk, or by calling 630-725-2066 ($5 handling charge for phone orders). Advance reservations are highly encouraged as nights sell out.
To learn more and purchase tickets, visit, and follow The Morton Arboretum on Facebook and Twitter for the latest event information.
The Morton Arboretum thanks PowerShares QQQ by Invesco and ComEd for their support of 2017 Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum.
Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum is built in partnership with top experiential lighting designers Lightswitch and lighting and rigging production company Intelligent Lighting Creations (ILC).
About Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum
Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum brings light and nature together for a wintertime walk in the woods like no other. Illumination invites visitors to see trees in a different light on a one-mile walk surrounded by 50 acres of the Arboretum’s trees, brought to life with LED lights, interactive elements and sound. Live entertainment and warming stations add to the wintertime experience. With accolades from local and national media including Cond√© Nast Traveler and USA Today, Illumination has quickly become a winter tradition, welcoming more than a half-million visitors from throughout the United States as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany since its 2013 debut season. The event is built in partnership with noted experiential lighting designers Lightswitch and production company Intelligent Lighting Creations (ILC), and features energy-efficient, eco-friendly LED lighting.


  1. Hello there! I would like to enter to win these tickets because Steve and I have never been here before and I've heard alot about. We have not had a chance to do many new things especially lately with planning for a wedding. We love Christmas as much as we do Halloween and this would be an exciting new adventure for us to experience the lights and nature.


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