December Holiday Performances

There are so many ways to celebrate the holidays with your family at MSI! Every day through January 8, you can build holiday memories by taking photos in front of our four-story Grand Tree, enjoying a magical snowfall moment—indoors!—and reflecting upon the traditions of the season across the globe.

On select days (listed below), we’re offering special activities to get you and your family in the holiday spirit. In the Auditorium, we’ll have various ethnic song and dance performances from groups around the Chicago area. Join us for some festive crafts in the Transportation Gallery, where you can build your own LEGO® holiday ornament. And take a stroll to Holiday Lane for the chance to have your photo taken with our special guest from the North Pole—Santa! (Photos with Santa are not included in Museum Entry; see details.)

Please note that the schedule is subject to change; check the schedule in Holiday Lane for up-to-date information.

Daily

50 different festive trees and displays
Grand Tree and falling snow in the Rotunda

Saturday, December 3

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.     Photos with Santa* (Holiday Lane)  
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.     Build an Ornament (Transportation Gallery)

Cultural Performances (Auditorium)

11 a.m.         Kupa`a-Pacific Island Resources (South Pacific)
12:15 p.m.    Norwegian National League of Chicago
1:30 p.m.     McNulty School of Irish Dance
2:45 p.m.    Pachacamak Folk (Ecuador and Afro-Andean)
4 p.m.         Alma Ecuatoriana (Ecuador)

Sunday, December 4

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.     Photos with Santa* (Holiday Lane)  
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.     Build an Ornament (Transportation Gallery)

Cultural Performances (Auditorium)
11 a.m.         Ensemble Horo (Bulgaria) 
12:15 p.m.    Irks School of Ukrainian Dance & Cherubic Voices       
                      Children's Choir
1:30 p.m.     Austrian Mixed Chorus 
2:45 p.m.    Flores de Mexico (Mexico) 
4 p.m.         Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago

Saturday, December 10

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.     Photos with Santa* (Holiday Lane)  
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.     Build an Ornament (Transportation Gallery)

Cultural Performances (Auditorium)
12:15 p.m.    After School Matters (Bolivia)
1:30 p.m.     Thistle & Heather Highland Dancers (Scotland) 
2:45 p.m.    Acappellago (general holiday) 
4 p.m.         Donya Dance Ensemble (Egyptian/Persian/Latin Fusion)

Sunday, December 11

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.     Photos with Santa* (Holiday Lane)  
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.     Build an Ornament (Transportation Gallery)

Cultural Performances (Auditorium)
11 a.m.         Colombian American Cultural Center
12:15 p.m.    Society of the Danube Swabians (Germany) 
1:30 p.m.     Renacer Boliviano Dance Troupe (Bolivia) 
2:45 p.m.    Knights of Lithuania Dancers & Suktinis
4 p.m.         Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society (Greece)

Saturday, December 17

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.     Photos with Santa* (Holiday Lane)  
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.     Build an Ornament (Transportation Gallery)

Cultural Performances (Auditorium)
11 a.m.         Holy Cross-IHM Children's Choir and Marimba Ensemble                                (Mexico) 
12:15 p.m.    Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (Scotland) 
1:30 p.m.     St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church (Egypt) 
2:45 p.m.    Cambrian Society of Red Welsh Dragons (Wales) 
4 p.m.         Hungarian Borozda Dance Group

Sunday, December 18

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.     Photos with Santa* (Holiday Lane)  
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.     Build an Ornament (Transportation Gallery)

Cultural Performances (Auditorium)

11 a.m.         Campanella Children's Choir (Russia) 
12:15 p.m.    Ensemble Alioni (Republic of Georgia) 
1:30 p.m.     Tierra Colombiana Dance Company 
2:45 p.m.    Polish Scouting Organization (Poland)
4 p.m.         Holy Nativity Romanian Orthodox Church

Monday, December 26

Cultural Performances (Science Theater)

11 a.m.         Punch and Judaism (Hanukkah) 
12:15 p.m.    Punch and Judaism (Hanukkah) 
1:30 p.m.     Momma Sunshine (Kwanzaa) 
2:45 p.m.    Momma Sunshine (Kwanzaa) 

* All performances and ornament activities are included in Museum Entry. Photos with Santa require purchase of a timed-entry ticket (more information).