Explore rich holiday traditions from around the globe while creating your own traditions with loved ones in Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light.

It began in 1942 with a single tree. Today, the Museum’s beloved annual celebration features a four-story, floor-to-dome Grand Tree, surrounded by a forest of more than 50 trees and displays decorated by volunteers to represent the holiday traditions from cultures around the globe. On the weekends, you can enjoy live holiday performances, take-home LEGO® activities, and optional photos with Santa. It’s the one-of-a-kind experience that brings a whole world of holiday joy under one roof.

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All aglow for LEGO®

This year we’re celebrating our temporary exhibit Brick by Brick with new LEGO-inspired activities and décor. Check out LEGO ornaments custom-created for us by Chicago public figures and athletes. On weekends through December 18, build your own brick ornament to take home, and reservations for photos with Santa are also available (photos not included in Museum Entry). The weekends also come alive with cultural music and dance performances. Not to mention the daily spectacle of lights and music, the occasional indoor snowfall, and discovering what the holidays are like all around the world.

Elfish pranksters. Benevolent spiders.
Finding food in your shoes.
Must be the holidays.
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Celebrate the season

Find your family’s story among the traditions on display, or discover things you never knew about other countries. More than 3,500 community volunteers lend their time and knowledge to create this annual celebration. You’ll be creating some memories for the future. The magic of the season will be the faces of your loved ones as they experience this winter wonderland.

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light, cultural performances, and take-home activities on select dates are included in Museum Entry. Photos with Santa require an additional timed-entry ticket purchase.