Trees are illuminated via the sound and touch of visitors to the Morton Arboretum.
If it’s the outdoor festival atmosphere you crave, check out Christkindlmarket in Chicago and then head to these events:
The 1,700-acre Morton Arborteum in Lisle, Ill., is presenting “Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum” through Jan. 4. No mere twinkling lights show here; instead, trees respond to visitors’ touch and sound creating a colorful illuminated landscape. A milelong paved walking trail around Meadow Lake and through Conifer Walk, combined with cutting-edge technology, make for a magical nighttime experience (event runs 4:30-8:30 p.m. daily; closed Dec. 16 and 24-25). The “Personalities” experience allows visitors to create their own light show. And, of course, don’t forget to “Hug a Tree.” Concession-refreshment stands are available. Visit mortonarb.org/illumination for complete information and admission prices.
Brookfield Zoo is presenting 1 million twinkling lights at 2013’s Holiday Magic extravaganza, 4-9 p.m. Dec. 14-15, 21-22 and 26-31. Caroling to the animals, ice carving, a laser light show and live entertainment are also part of the fun. Visit czs.org/magic for admission prices and more information.
Lincoln Park Zoo is hosting its annual ZooLights celebration from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 13-23 and Dec. 26-Jan. 5. Illuminated 3-D displays, photos with Santa Claus, ice carving, live entertainment, thousands of twinkling lights and family activities throughout the zoo. Visit lpzoo.org.