Lights Events

Southern Illinois’ most spectacular holiday program returns!

Immerse yourself in winter wonder with more than 1 million Christmas lights twinkling along a one mile walking trail through the heart of the museum’s 80-acre campus. Roast a s’more, view the art galleries, enjoy special holiday programs, and capture the moments at unique photo opportunities along the way.

Nov. 18 through Dec. 31

Experience the holiday magic of over 1 MILLION lights along a one mile walking trail through the heart of the museum campus! Timed ticket admission.

November 18 & 19

Browse the decorated Christmas trees during The Lights! Admission to The Festival of Trees is included with all admission tickets Sat/Sun 5- 9 pm. Visitors view for free 11am – 4pm, and are welcome to bid for the chance to take home a tree.

Host a Party!

Semi-private fire pits located in the Mitchell House backyard can be rented for an extended night of fun (Admissioin to The Lights included!). For larger groups and private events we offer rental of the Schweinfurth House

December 1 - 2 - 3

Shop the artist booths while visiting The Lights! Friday-Saturday-Sunday 5 to 9 pm Admission to The Market is included.

December 15 & 16

Families will enjoy a buffet dinner, craft activity, and the chance to merrily mingle and take photos with Santa. After dinner, walk The Lights and enjoy the Cedarhurst campus

Nov 26 • Dec 10 • Dec 31

To ensure all can participate in this merry program, we’ve expanded the Family Nights that offer free admission* for children. *Minimum of one adult ticket purchased for every four children’s tickets.